Renault Scenic 2016Renault has revealed first images of its all-new Scenic, ahead of its world debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week.

The fourth generation Scenic compact MPV arrives two decades after Renault invented the downsized people carrier segment back in 1996 – and while sales of MPVs may be slipping, nearly five million Scenic sales to date suggest it’s still a significant segment for Renault.

Renault Scenic 2016

The new Scenic is the first to benefit from design guru Laurens van den Acker’s influence and, like so many modern Renaults, is significantly more stylish and appealing than the boxy vehicle it replaces.

It has a higher ground clearance and shorter rear overhang, while wider tracks front and rear give it a tougher, more planted stance. Like the new Megane, it has distinctive headlights including LED Pure Vision technology.

This is the first Scenic to feature a three-part panoramic windscreen, following the lead of the larger (and sadly not-for-UK) Espace.

Renault says it’s a “completely fresh take on the compact MPV”. We can see if we agree at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week: doors open on 1 March.