Renault takes it Easy

22 October 2018

RENAULT has played about with its model designations and specifications in order to give buyers an easier life, with significant price reductions in the process.

The thinking behind the new EasyLife levels of trim and equipment is said to be simplification, with a general reduction in the number of offerings available.

The system was initially introduced to the smaller Clio, Captur and Megane ranges, and is now expanded to include the more premium Scenic, Koleos and Grand Scenic ranges.

The Scénic and Grand Scénic start with Play and Iconic and conclude with the high-spec Signature trim. Koleos now has a two-trim line-up, starting with Iconic and climbing to GT Line.

With Renault EasyLife the five-seat Scénic and the seven-seat Grand Scénic model ranges reduce from four trims to three. Both models begin with Play, which replaces the previous Expression+. The standard equipment found on Expression+ carries over to Play, including 20-inch Silverstone alloy wheels, a seven-inch colour touchscreen, a hands-free keycard and climate control. In addition, Play brings rear parking sensors and smartphone replication via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the entry version of the Scénic.

The mid-point of the revised Scénic and Grand Scénic line-up is the Iconic trim, which is similar to the Dynamique Nav of the previous range. Iconic models get front and rear parking sensors, a 12V socket and AUX input for rear passengers, tinted windows and Renault’s R-Link2 system that brings smartphone functionality into the car.

The R-Link2 infotainment system includes a seven-inch colour touchscreen, TomTom navigation with European mapping, a DAB radio, Bluetooth audio streaming with hands-free calls, plus voice control.

Scénic Signature specification gains a colour head-up display, an enlarged touchscreen, panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery.

Underlining the so-called EasyLife philosophy is a reduced choice of just two engines. The new 1.3-litre 140bhp turbocharged petrol engine has a CO2 figure of 137g/km for the Scénic and 141g/km for the Grand Scénic. It achieves 47mpg and has a torque figure of 240Nm at 1,600rpm.

The new 1.5-litre 120bhp turbocharged diesel engine has a CO2 figure of 129g/km for both the Scénic and Grand Scénic. Both engines are offered with Play, Iconic and Signature trims with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The EasyLife range of Scénic and Grand Scénic models are on sale from today, for immediate delivery, with a Scenic entry-level price reduction of £620.

The price drop is even more dramatic for Iconic models, which go down by £1,320, whilst Signature prices are £1,220 less than their current equivalents.

The Koleos EasyLife line-up is reduced by £550, with a new entry-level price of £27,495.

The four-wheel drive Koleos Iconic adds £2,000, whilst the Koleos GT Line starts at £29,495 and, like the Iconic model, the four-wheel drive version is £2,000 more.

In addition to the features of the Iconic model, the GT Line has full LED Pure Vision headlights and Carbon Black leather upholstery with heated front seats. The tailgate is automatic, while the colour touchscreen is now larger at 8.7-inches.

Both models are available in two or four-wheel drive with Renault’s 2.0-litre 175bhp turbodiesel engine and a seven-speed automatic X-Tronic gearbox. The Koleos EasyLife range is available to order from today with deliveries beginning in November.