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Renault streamlines model line-ups

Renault is cutting the number of trims and engines for its Scénic, Grand Scénic and Koleos models to bring an easier-to-understand range structure.

Renault Koleos EasyLife

Renault Koleos EasyLife

Under its ‘EasyLife’ philosophy – already applied to the Clio, Captur and Mégane ranges – the carmaker is simplifying the five-seat Scénic and the seven-seat Grand Scénic line-ups from four to three trims, covering Play, Iconic and Signature.

Introduced to bring enhanced specification, looks and value, the new approach means the Play trim replaces the previous Expression+, and carries over the 20-inch alloy wheels, seven-inch colour touchscreen, hands-free keycard and climate control while adding in rear parking sensors and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

The Iconic trim is based on the previous Dynamique Nav and includes Renault’s R-Link2 system with seven-inch colour touchscreen and TomTom Live navigation, Bluetooth and voice control along with tinted windows, front and rear parking sensors and a sliding centre console with two USB ports, a 12V socket and AUX input for rear passengers.

At the top of the range is the Signature specification, which replaces Dynamique S Nav and includes colour head-up display, a larger 8.7-inch colour touchscreen, panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery and one-touch folding second row seats in Scénic and one-touch second and third-row seats in the Grand Scénic.

The new approach cuts the engine line-up to two units: the new 138bhp 1.3-litre Energy TCe 140 turbocharged petrol engine with a CO2 figure of 137g/km for the Scénic and 141g/km for the Grand Scénic, and the new 118bhp 1.5-litre Blue dCi 120 turbocharged diesel unit with 129g/km CO2 for both the Scénic and Grand Scénic. Both engines are available in Play, Iconic and Signature trims with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Prices for the Scénic start at £21,390 OTR, a reduction of £620, rising to £23,190 OTR for the Renault Grand Scénic Play; also a reduction of £620. Iconic starts from £22,690 OTR, down by £1,320 when compared to the Dynamique Nav trim, while the Grand Scénic Iconic gets the same saving, starting from £24,490 OTR.

Scénic Signature prices begin at £24,290 OTR, which is £1,220 lower than the previous equivalent model. The saving is the same on Grand Scénic Signature, which starts at £26,090 OTR.

For the Koleos, the Easylife approach means it will now be offered in just two trims; Iconic and GT Line. Standard kit on the Iconic includes rear parking camera with front and rear parking sensors, a blind spot warning system and climate control. Renault’s R-Link2 infotainment and sat nav with a seven-inch colour touchscreen, black cloth/part- leather seats, automatic lights and wipers and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Koleos GT Line adds in full LED headlights and full leather upholstery with heated front seats. The tailgate is automatic, while the colour touchscreen moves up to an 8.7-inch format.

Both trims are available in two- or four-wheel drive with just Renault’s 2.0-litre dCi 173bhp diesel engine – the entry-level dCi 130 will not be offered – and come with a seven-speed automatic X-Tronic gearbox.

The Koleos Iconic is available from £27,495 on the road, a reduction of £550 compared to the previous line-up. Koleos GT Line starts at £29,495. In both cases, the four-wheel drive version is £2,000 more.

Customers can also opt an EasyLife Pack that gives the customer three years of servicing at a fixed price of £299.

The move comes as a number of carmakers, including Seat and Mini, streamline their trim line-ups to make it the buying process easier. Meanwhile, last month’s introduction of the new WLTP test cycle, which takes into account the options fitted to a car, is also expected to accelerate manufacturer initiatives to streamline their vehicle ranges and option packages.

The new Scénic, Grand Scénic and Koleos EasyLife ranges are open to order now. Deliveries begin immediately for Scénic and Grand Scénic and the Koleos starts from next month.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.