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Renault Scenic Expression 2003 review

Renault Australia is gearing itself for a record year in 2003, with new models and a significant improvement to its top-selling line-up. The brand has given the entry-level version of the Scenic two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive compact people mover a major power boost to maintain momentum in 2003.

The 1.6-litre engine in the Scenic Expression has been replaced with a beefier two-litre motor.

The Scenic Expression comes to market at $27,990 for the five-speed manual and $29,990 for the automatic version. This is $2112 more than the 1.6-litre version, but Renault says additional equipment as well as increased power more than justifies the price increase.

Renault Australia will get the three-door and five-door Megane models - plus a stunning new Megane Cabriolet - in the final quarter of the year.

The brand expects the additional volume will help it reach its 2003 target of 5500 vehicles - about 1000 more than last year. Scenic was Renault's best-selling model in 2002, with combined sales of two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models accounting for 1851 of the brand's 4565 sales. The motor now offered in all Scenic vehicles generates 101kW at 5500rpm and a useful torque output of 188Nm at 3750rpm, 90 per cent of which is available between 2500rpm and 5500rpm.

In two-wheel-drive models, the engine is available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Every vehicle in the Scenic range has a total of six airbags, safety belts with pyrotechnic pretensioners and load limiters, close-contact head restraints and an anti-lock braking system with electronic braking distribution and emergency brake assist.

All Scenic models come standard with the extremely flexible sliding rear seats - offering a wide variety of seating/carrying combinations. Storage capabilities are enhanced by under-seat drawers, in-floor bins and an adjustable rear parcel shelf. Passenger comfort is maximised by a chilled cold-drink unit in the front centre console.

The standard entry-level model comes with airconditioning, remote central locking, electric windows and door mirrors, trip computer, front armrest and an audio system with satellite controls and in-dash CD player.

The mid-spec Dynamique gets alloy wheels, climate-control airconditioning, partial leather seat trim, leather steering wheel and gear knob, roof rails and opening rear window.

The range-topping Scenic Privilege picks up full leather seat trim and twin sunroofs.


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Range and Specs

Dynamique 2.0L, PULP, 4 SP AUTO $3,190 – 4,950 2003 Renault Scenic 2003 Dynamique Pricing and Specs
Expression 2.0L, PULP, 4 SP AUTO $2,970 – 4,620 2003 Renault Scenic 2003 Expression Pricing and Specs
Privilege 2.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $4,510 – 6,600 2003 Renault Scenic 2003 Privilege Pricing and Specs
RX4 Privilege (4x4) 2.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $2,640 – 4,180 2003 Renault Scenic 2003 RX4 Privilege (4x4) Pricing and Specs