The compact MPV Scénic expanded Renault’s range in 1996, when it was still part of the Mégane range. After 25 years on the market, it is coming to an end.
The decline of the MPV continues. More and more brands are leaving the segment of classic SUVs. Customers often switch to more stylish SUVs, or to more practical personal vans, which, thanks to their approach to passenger cars, become their full-fledged replacement. One traditional model, the Renault Scénic, is coming to an end.
The end of the Renault Scénic has been speculated for a long time, and this possibility was discussed before Lucy de Mea took over as the French manufacturer last year. And it is the current head of Renault that has indirectly confirmed this step.
“Like everything nice in life, it ends once, so after a cycle of more than twenty years, we move elsewhere,” Renault CEO said in an interview with French magazine Caradisiac. He explains that while the classic MPV segment in Europe is declining every year, SUV sales, for example, are growing.
SUVs are a priority for de Mea, because according to the brand boss in this category, Renault is not yet able to attract enough attention. That is why extensive changes are planned, this year the Arkana SUV has enriched the offer. In 2022, the second generation of Kadjar will arrive to reach customers more than its predecessor. A seven-seater model is to follow, as a replacement for the Koleos and the new SUV coupe, larger than the compact Arkana. There are also two electric models, a serial version of the Mégan eVision and another, unspecified C-segment car.
Despite the changes in the offer, however, this does not necessarily mean the end of the Scénic name in the portfolio of the French brand. “If you’re very attached to the name Scenic, I don’t mean we have to leave him.” says de Meo. This also suggests that the name Scénic could use some new model. Why not a C-segment electric car announced for 2023? Or some indirect replacement for the current MPV? Let’s be surprised …
The Renault Scénic arrived in 1996, then as the Mégane Scénic, as it was part of the first-generation Mégan model range. At that time, it was a promoter of the compact MPV category. As part of the facelift from 1999, we already know the car exclusively as Scénic, which has remained with future generations.
The fourth generation Scénic has been on sale since 2016, and an extended version of the Grand Scénic has also been available since the second. It is the current generation that has already responded to the trend of the time and visually approached fashion crossovers. However, even that was not enough to maintain interest. Only the Grand Scénic is currently sold on the Czech market, the function of the default version has been taken over by a similarly large SUV Captur.