New Renault Scenic previewed with Geneva concept

Designed using Renault’s new look, the R-Space features the elongated, three-part Renault grille first seen on the DeZir electric supercar concept.

The styling is more modern than the current scenic, mimicking the current industry trends towards coupe-like sloping rooflines and a panoramic glass roof.

Much of the design is expected to be reproduced in a production model, although the large alloy wheels are expected to be left off the next Renault Scenic.

Inside, the R-Space will need to be redesigned for a road-ready car. This is because the concept uses two sports seats reminiscent of those used in the DeZir for the driver and passenger.

Instead of back seats, Renault has used 27 ‘power cubes’ which can be raised individually to create seats or a flat luggage space. They can also be used as a children’s toy when the car is stationary.

Renault has aimed the R-Space at families, and the people carrier also boasts ‘suicide doors’. The rear-opening doors, which were recently used on the new Vauxhall Meriva, allow for easier access to the rear seats and create a ‘safe loading area’ when all of the doors are open.

“R-Space brings together qualities long considered opposed: family, functionality, sportiness and sensuality,” explains Axel Breun, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars. “It answers the expectations of a large slice of our modern society.”

The R-Space features a concept engine called the Energy TCe Concept. The 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine delivers CO2 emissions of 95g/km and Renault has promised to launch it in its cars as early as next year.

The Renault R-Space concept made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show and is expected to influence the next generation of the Renault Scenic compact MPV.