Renault Scenic XMOD - Part MPV, Part Crossover

Remember the Renault Koleos?

If you don't, we don't blame you. To say the soft-roader sold for only a few years would imply that Renault actually sold them in the first place. Its death was quick but painful, and few will mourn its passing.

Undeterred, Renault recently unveiled the Captur, a small crossover based on the Nissan Juke. The Captur will officially be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, alongside another new Renault crossover - the Scenic XMOD.

As the name implies, the XMOD is a dressed-up Scenic rather than a dedicated crossover.

It gets all the styling flourishes you'd expect from a rufty-tufty version of a regular car, including chunky plastic cladding, sill guards, roof bars, and even raised ground clearance to help tackle slightly rougher roads.

Renault Scenic XMOD interior

To further distance it from the regular Scenic - the car the XMOD replaces - the car also gets a subtle restyle, with a larger Renault logo on a gloss black background. LED running lights also feature. The Grand Scenic still remains in Renault's range, but enjoys a similar restyle.

Renault could have stopped there with the off-road inspired touches, but the Scenic XMOD also gets a system called Grip Xtend.

We're quite familiar with a similar system already, having tested Peugeot's 3008 with Grip Control over winter. Like the Peugeot, Renault's system uses a rotary control to select between different drive modes, depending on conditions.

'Expert', 'Road' and 'Loose ground' modes are available, offering varying degrees of control for the driver.

Renault Scenic XMOD Grip Xtend

Elsewhere, the XMOD is as practical as any Scenic - a 555-litre boot, 71 extra litres of storage space hidden throughout the cabin, and a spacious, modular interior. Renault's R-Link touchscreen multimedia system also features, while top-end XMODs get the option of leather upholstery and a Bose audio system.

A selection of new engines will also be available, including some of Renault's turbocharged TCe units.

More details on pricing and specification will be unveiled at the Geneva Show on March 5th.

Renault Scenic XMOD rear

Conclusion

While most attention will be on the new Captur at Geneva, the XMOD could prove to be an appealing model for families, with more space than the Juke-based crossover. From our experience of rival Peugeot's Grip Control system, the Grip Xtend system on all XMODs could be useful when the next UK winter rolls in...

Check out our full buying guide to the Renault Scenic with reviews, user reviews, photos, videos and stats.

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