Covering the middle ground between Clio and Espace, the Renault Scénic concept-car exhibited in 1991 prefigured the already gestating Mégane Scénic that would so successfully address the shifting expectations of family motorists.
Renault innovates for families
With the Scénic concept-car unveiled at the 1991 Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault made a very powerful statement in three areas: space, comfort and safety. Despite its revolutionary sophistication, the concept-car’s many innovations would prove perfectly viable in the very near future. The first big surprise was the format itself: this was the first compact MPV, a mid-sized vehicle capable of comfortably accommodating the whole family, with its novel management of interior layout.
Safety and comfort above all
Sliding doors ensured comfortable access, seatbelts were specifically designed for child passengers, and the drowsiness alert system put a very strong emphasis on vehicle safety. Renault also took a leap forward with its fast-growing reputation for innovation, introducing features like revolutionary air-conditioning and navigation systems, and dynamic load adjustment. Renault would put this design study to good use, following through very shortly with Mégane Scénic, the first compact MPV on the market.