The new Renault Scénic equipped with wheels series 20 “: Have we gone mad?
Undoubtedly it has been one of the surprises that left us the Geneva Motor Show. Renault presented in style to its new minivan, the Renault Scénic 2016, with an imposing aspect, a crossover that safe and very aesthetic detail will not go unnoticed, the new Scénic be sold with standard 20-inch wheels. And there will be more measures available. Have we gone mad? We explain the reasons that have led Renault to make this decision, and its consequences, in 6 specific points.
1. The only reason, aesthetics.
To understand why a manufacturer like Renault has chosen a single measure, and a rim diameter of such caliber for a compact minivan seemingly modest, we must understand that the big tires sold, and attract customers. They sell because they make the look of a car to gain whole, look more sculptural, more aggressive and, above all, because probably that's the crux of the matter, best fits aesthetic lines advocates increasingly aesthetic SUV, the high waist.
In its most basic version, the Mégane Renault enjoys with steel rims 15 inches. It may be exaggerated, and we understand that version - the Life - will be the least demanded by the client, so you meet a next-generation Mégane steel rim is done with a rara avis. But even the Renault Mégane GT features standard with 17 "wheels and only optionally can buy it with 18" wheels.
2. cars are asking shouts larger tires are designed.
In its own press Renault recognizes that the 20-inch wheels fit better in the design of the new Scénic. If from the beginning we thought that the new Renault Scénic enjoyed an aspect SUV and minivan least, has not been licensed by appealing to take its resemblance to the Captur. The fact that Renault has chosen a high waist design, a prominent front, short overhangs, and a few steps from very large wheel, invite us inevitably to remember that its appearance fits in somewhere between what we would understand by a minivan and an SUV.
The big problem that manufacturers face today is not just that we've become accustomed to seeing cars with large wheels, but that modern, by the trends followed by most designers, and except cars honorable exceptions, no They fit well with smaller wheels.
At least from these photographs, it seems that 20 "wheels too quite match the look of the new Scénic. That should be enough to make us think about the case of Scénic. I will give other information, the Q7 - which is a great high-end SUV - used tires series 18 ", but can optionally equipped with wheels up to 21".
3. More tire does not have to be better, but neither is necessarily worse.
Renault ensures that the choice of 20-inch wheels also justified by aerodynamic issues. We must not only take into account that Renault has chosen large diameter wheels, but also with a high profile, and relatively narrow for its height, with a single size of 195/55 R20.
Larger, and heavy rim, does not contribute to the rotation, and not only for its weight, but above all for the moment of inertia. In any case, Renault ensures that the choice is optimal have chosen as a narrow band of rolling. It also ensures that they remain comfortable for enjoying a flank with a height of 107 mm, equivalent to the 17 "wheels used by the Scénic 3 which precedes it.
Renault takes time exploring the possibility of playing with the width and height of the rim and the tire profile to optimize the performance of their cars, improve performance and efficiency. Two years ago we were testing a prototype, the Renault Eolab, employing wheels 17 ", a width of 145 mm and 70 series (the relationship between height and section width, a series 70 indicates that the edge is really high in proportion section).
Four. Let's talk about prices and availability.
Taking the comparison tire 195/55 R17 205/55 R20 with its predecessor proposes Renault, just a search on any tire comparison realize that the differences in prices and availability are remarkable. Tire manufacturers, especially high-end, have greatly expanded its range of tires to meet the needs of customers, and car manufacturers. Still, the modern measure remains rare compared with a 205/55 R17. And the price differences are also important. We have seen cases similar to that of Scénic previously rare tires with measures such as the BMW i3 equipped.
We know it's not usual when deciding to purchase a car, but our advice to avoid surprises is to compare different workshops the budget for a complete change of tires with accurate measurements, and if possible the same manufacturer as the mounted series, to get an idea of what it will cost us in the future fit to our car.
5. A single measure, not a single wheel design (but almost).
Renault reminds us that the existence of a single measure of tires and rims not prevent there are different designs. So far we have seen two designs radios, in which petals and interior inserts are different. It is likely that soon, according to its launch, Renault this new design approach, and especially more customization possibilities, for example in the color of the inside radii.
6. What does the future hold?
The case of Renault Scénic is just the beginning. In the future it is likely to get used to see similar diameter wheels, and even higher, with a narrower band rolling. It is also likely to get used to see faired wheels, and even equipped with active radios capable of opening and closing to minimize aerodynamic turbulence and not compromise the brake cooling. Renault Eolab the same prototype we tested two years ago, and already mentioned earlier, used this solution. And Renault has already promised us that many of the solutions applied by that prototype would eventually reaching the street soon.
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