Paris Motor Show 2022 – Renault Scenic Vision, are minivans dead?

The first generation Renault Scénic is one of the biggest commercial successes in the recent history of the diamond brand. Launched in 1996, this pioneer of a new genre stretched the bodywork of the Mégane as far as possible to offer unbeatable roominess in a model with compact dimensions. He single-handedly launched the fashion for compact minivans (Renault Xsara Picasso, Opel Zafira, Fiat Multipla, etc.) and sold 2.8 million units throughout his career! 26 years later, the Renault Scénic no longer interests anyone. Still available to order in the Grand Scenic version at present, it has been totally shattered by the rise of SUVs and the total disinterest of customers for these models now considered old-fashioned. Launched in 2016, the current Scenic had nevertheless done everything to look like an SUV itself…

So, are compact MPVs dead? Those as we knew them, yes. But Renault does not let go of its Scénic. The diamond-shaped brand has just unveiled the Scénic Vision, a concept car whose design would announce both the brand’s future stylistic trends and the contours of the future production Scénic. With its height limited to 1.5 meters and its rather muscular proportions, it really does not have much of a classic minivan. How can such a machine cohabit with the recent Mégane E-Tech and the future replacement for the Mégane? One thing is certain: its production version will arrive in 2024.

The biggest surprise of the Scenic Vision concept is actually hidden under the floor. There is of course an electric motor (220 horsepower) to propel the machine and batteries (40 kWh). But also a 15 kW fuel cell (about twenty horsepower), a completely new technology at Renault. So, does the diamond brand plan to switch to hydrogen like Toyota and BMW? Not really, if we are to believe recent statements by boss Luca de Meo indicating that he does not “believe in hydrogen in the short term”. But Renault will still keep an eye on it (in particular via its subsidiary Hyvia preparing hydrogen utilities).

Caradisiac, partner of the Paris Motor Show

As in 2018, Caradisiac is once again a partner in 2022 of the Mondial de l’Auto which will take place in Paris from October 17 to 23. The Caradisiac editorial team will thus be relocated to its own stand for the duration of the show to analyze, dissect, photograph and film all the new models. And this will of course also be an opportunity for you to come, as you are used to, to meet our journalists. Which new or used car to buy? They will answer all your questions. Until then, we will give you on Caradisiac all the information that we could have obtained from the manufacturers on their new models.

Useful information

Where : Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles

When ? From Tuesday 18 to Sunday 23 October (day reserved for the press on Monday 17)

What hours? From Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22: from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day; Sunday, October 23: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The testing of novelties will take place at the show from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

How many ? Two differentiated rates between the week and the weekend for adults (16 € and 20 €); for children aged 7 to 17: €8 and €10 (i.e. 50% reduction).

Free entry for children under 7 years old

How ? By taking tickets by following this link, or by logging on to https://mondial.paris/billetterie. Purchase also possible at the reception desks in Pavilion 5.1 (depending on the number of places remaining)

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