Renault has face-lifted their Scnic and Grand Scnic models, with the introduction of new styling, engines and revised trims.
The face-lifted models have been given the new Renault 'face', plus gloss black and chrome detailing. Its a neat nipntuck that makes the revised Scnic and Grand Scnic look fresh and helps to visually shrink their size.
The trim level, Dynamique TomTom, includes 16 alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth phone connectivity and TomTom satellite navigation including LIVE services, rear parking sensors, and LED running lights. Two new colours, Azzurro Blue and Damask Red, are also available.
They also have Hill Start Assist, which automatically stops the vehicle rolling backwards when pulling away on a hill and lane change indicators that automatically flash three times with a quick flick of the stalk, both fitted as standard.
However, just when you thought that you could only get your new Scnic and Grand Scnic in the one trim level, Renault has also added a Luxe Pack. A 1,500 option it replaces the standard 16 wheels with bigger 17 versions. It also adds a nine-speaker, energy efficient BOSE stereo system, dual-zone climate control, a sliding centre console, electrically-folded door mirrors and the Visio System, which comprises two main functions: a lane departure warning system and automatic high/low beam headlight function.
You also get the Visio System by Renault, an integrated system that has two key functions; a lane departure warning system that warns the driver if they are wandering in the road and automatic headlights that dip the main beam if it detects another car is coming towards you at night.
Two new engines are available for the first time in the Scnic 2012 range, the 1.2 TCe 115 petrol and 1.5 dCi 110 Stop Start diesel engines. The new engines are claimed to offer class-leading economy thanks to their small capacity and the use of Stop Start and regenerative braking; up to 68.9mpg is available according to the official fuel consumption figures.
All models are eligible for the Renault 4+ programme worth 900, which gives all retail customers a four-year/100,000 mile warranty, roadside assistance, free routine servicing, and up to four years finance.
Prices start at 18,325 for the Scnic Dynamique TomTom 1.6 VVT 110 rising to 21,325 for the Dynamique TomTom 1.6 dCi 130 Stop Start. The seven-seat Grand Scnic starts at 19,725 for the Dynamique TomTom 1.6 VVT 110, rising to 22,725 for the Dynamique TomTom 1.6 dCi 130 Stop Start.
All models are available from the 23rd January 2012, except the 1.2 TCe 115 version, which isnt available until April.
Renault has slashed its UK range and now offers a much-reduced line up of cars. The original Scnic and Grand Scnic have earned their spurs over the years providing safe, stylish and cheap MPVs. The revised models are worthy successors and now provide even more value for money.