The “Initiale Paris” moniker was first applied to an intriguing concept revealed by Renault back in 1995 and covered earlier this month in our “Concept We Forgot” series. While the showcar never made it to the production line, the nameplate was resurrected several years ago to denote the range-topping version of the Espace and Clio. Since then, it has been applied on the Koleos and Captur SUVs and now the five-seat Scenic together with its bigger Grand Scenic brother are getting the luxed-up trim as well.
The MPV duo gets a shiny set of 20-inch alloy wheels and a glitzy front grille with a so-called “star pattern” and the “Initiale” lettering right underneath Renault’s diamond logo. The fancy dark prune-hued metallic Amethyst Black paint is available only on this new flagship version, while the LED cornering fog lights are also part of the deal.
Hopping inside the cabin, more niceties have been added to further demonstrate the Scenic’s high-end status, such as the electrically adjustable heated seats featuring a massaging function, along with Nappa leather upholstery, and Initiale Paris chrome branding on the door sill guards. Even the center console gets a new look you’ll only find on this version, along with a plushier leather for the steering wheel and gear lever.
Since the Initiale Paris trim starts off as an Intens model, it means the two Scenics come packed with a plethora of standard goodies, like a head-up display, Bose sound system, and the Easy Park Assist system. You can have it with either the turbocharged 1.2-liter gasoline engine developing 130 horsepower or the familiar 1.6-liter dCi available with 130 hp and in the punchier biturbo specification with 160 hp on tap.
In its domestic market France, the Scenic starts off at €33,200 for the TCe 130 model with a manual transmission and rises to €39,400 for the Grand Scenic with the aforementioned biturbodiesel engine and the dual-clutch gearbox. Both minivans are scheduled to go on sale in September.
Gallery: 2017 Renault Scenic Initiale Paris
SCENIC INITIALE PARIS: genuine elegance… French style
- Introduction of INITIALE PARIS versions of SCENIC and Grand SCENIC.
- In France, order books for SCENIC INITIALE PARIS and Grand SCENIC INITIALE PARIS open on June 7, 2017.
- The two cars to go on display in showrooms across the country during the Renault network’s promotional week on September 14-18, 2017.
- New INITIALE PARIS versions combine the signature’s hallmark elegance with the styling and strengths that saw the uniquely-proportioned SCENIC break new ground in its segment.
Following the introduction of INITIALE PARIS versions of ESPACE, CLIO, KOLEOS and CAPTUR, now Initial Paris, the indicator that symbolizes Renault’s high-end offering, is available in the SCENIC range. SCENIC and Grand SCENIC INITIALE PARIS will deliver an exclusive driving experience, plus the very best the brand has to offer in terms of know-how and travelling comfort.
SCENIC INITIALE PARIS and Grand SCENIC INITIALE PARIS incorporate the signature’s hallmark styling features, such as specific 20-inch wheels, a star-pattern grille, INITIALE PARIS branding beneath the Renault logo, LED ‘cornering’ fog lights and an exclusive, dark prune-hued metallic Amethyst Black finish (*).
The same refinement is to be found inside, too, thanks to INITIALE PARIS-badged chrome door sill guards and a choice of black or grey-patterned INITIALE PARIS-embossed full-grain Nappa leather upholstery. There is also full-grain Nappa leather trimming for the gear lever and steering wheel which has engraved INITIALE PARIS badging. The electrically-adjustable, massaging, heated seats are equipped with enveloping head rests, and there is a specific colour finish for the centre console that surrounds the multimedia system.
SCENIC INITIALE PARIS and Grand SCENIC INITIALE PARIS are based on the model’s INTENS equipment level which includes a long list of high-end appointments, such as Bose® audio, a colour head-up display and Easy Park Assist.
The appeal of the INITIALE PARIS signature combines harmoniously with SCENIC’s unique proportions which are highlighted by 20-inch wheels, raised ground clearance and a sleek profile emphasised by the line of the short bonnet which is extended by the model’s steeply-raked windscreen.
The public will get its first chance to see SCENIC and Grand SCENIC INITIALE PARIS from close quarters during Renault’s French network’s promotional week on September 14-18, 2017. The two versions are available with a choice of three powerful engines: the petrol Energy TCe 130, plus the Energy dCi 130 (with manual gearbox) and Energy dCi 160 (EDC dual clutch transmission) diesel powerplants.
(*) Two-tone finish at no extra charge for INITIALE PARIS versions.
|VERSION||ENGINE / TRANSMISSION||TAX-PAID PRICE|
|EDC = dual-clutch automatic transmission||(in France)|
|SCENIC INITIALE PARIS||Energy TCe 130||€33,200|
|Energy dCi 130||€36,300|
|Energy dCi 160 EDC||€38,800|
|Grand SCENIC INITIALE PARIS (five seats)||Energy TCe 130||€33,800|
|Energy dCi 130||€36,900|
|Energy dCi 160 EDC||€39,400|
|PACKS AND OPTIONS||TAX-PAID PRICE|
|Fixed panoramic glass sun roof||€600|
|Pearlescent White, Honey Yellow or Amethyst Black metallic finish||€850|
|Lane Keeping Assist||€250|
|Seven seats (two additional seats for Grand SCENIC)||€600|