Renault replaces Scenic with chunky XMOD crossover

Titled the Scenic XMOD, this new Renault will replace the French firm's popular Scenic MPV model.

Fans of the traditional people carrier need not fear, as the Grand Scenic – the seven seat version of the big family transporter – will escape the clutches of SUV design language when it undergoes a neat facelift.

The Scenic XMOD, on the other hand, gets a raised ride height, Renault's new front end and a protective bodykit that hints at off-road abilities. Roof bars and bespoke alloy wheels also ensure the new model will stand out on the forecourts.

The addition of a new Grip Xtend traction control system allows the driver to alter engine and traction settings according to the road surface and weather conditions.

The XMOD remains a two-wheel drive set-up but the new system will offer greater peace of mind when driven on "loose surfaces".

A new seven-inch R-Link touchscreen adds a premium element to the cabin and Renault will offer a Bose sound system as an optional extra.

Opt for the top spec XMOD and you'll be treated to leather/Alcantara upholstery, aluminium pedals and a trendy flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The French firm will also introduce a new engine to the XMOD and Grand Scenic range, with the Energy TCe 130 Stop & Start offered on a Renault for the first time. It's 15 per cent more efficient than the old TCe 130.

Official unveilings of the face lifted Grand Scenic and XMOD will occur at the Geneva motor show in March but keen customers can expect the XMOD to cost around £19,000 when it goes on sale in May.

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