Renault Scenic E-Tech to rival Ioniq 5, Tesla Model Y

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The new all-electric Renault Scenic focuses on family practicality and sustainability, while offering a range of up to 620km.

Renault CEO Luca de Meo has announced pricing for the all-new Scenic E-Tech electric family car will start from around $65,000 in Europe, where incentives for EVs are still available. That means the brand’s first electric SUV should undercut key rivals like the Tesla Model Y, Volkswagen ID.4 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

The sharply-styled Renault Scenic E-Tech sits on the same bespoke electric-car platform as the Nissan Ariya. It’s the next addition to the brand’s growing EV line-up that currently includes the striking-looking Megane E-Tech hatchback, while the long-awaited Renault 5 will arrive next year, the new Renault 4 in 2025 and budget Renault Twingo in 2026.

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The Renault Scenic E-Tech will go on sale later this year, with exact UK pricing to be announced in the coming weeks. We do know that Techno and the recently introduced Esprit Alpine trims will be available at launch, with the latter adding items such as the bigger 20-inch wheels, upgraded upholstery and a Harman Kardon audio system.
New Renault Scenic design

Drawing on Renault’s new design language, previewed back in 2022 with the Scenic Vision concept car, the Scenic E-Tech blends SUV-derived elements, such as black wheel arch surrounds, while harking back to the monobox style pioneered by the Espace and the original Megane Scenic from the late 1990s.

The Scenic E-Tech’s lengthy 2.78-metre wheelbase and flat roof help to increase interior space, a USP Renault feels will help to attract customers away from rivals such as the VW ID.4, while there’s also a focus on sustainability with 24 per cent of its materials coming from recycling streams.

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“The new Scenic is designed for families and their needs; to travel freely, safely and more responsibly. To reduce its environmental impact, the Scenic has also eliminated all use of leather, paving the way for more sustainable mobility,” commented Agneta Dahlgren, Design Projects Director.

The chunky-looking exterior, penned by chief designer Gilles Vidal, looks purposeful enough, accentuated by its wheel-at-each-corner layout and short overhangs at both the front and rear.

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At almost 4.5 metres long, the Scenic is shorter than its VW ID.4 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 competitors, while it stands just 1.57 metres tall which should help it to cut through the air a little easier than some other rivals.

Renault claims aerodynamic performance was a central concern in the design process of the Scenic E-Tech, and to help maximise efficiency it includes features such as air curtains under the daytime running lights to help improve air flow, a sculptured rear spoiler, flush door handles and specially designed door mirrors, while lightweight, aluminium forged wheels in either 19-or 20-inch sizes also play their part.

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