Friday, February 23, 2007

Renault Rolls Out Orange-Flavored Scenic Conquest

PARIS — Maybe they should have called it "Orange Crush." Renault said it will unveil its off-roader Scenic Conquest, a car that is top-heavy with orange inside and out, for the first time at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Scenic Conquest goes on sale in Europe in June.

Renault Orange-Flavored Scenic ConquestRenault Orange-Flavored Scenic Conquest 2The Scenic Conquest differs from the rest of Renault's Scenic range with its extra 20mm (roughly 3/4 of an inch) of ground clearance, twin skid plates and a suspension that has been modified to take on rough terrain. Outdoorsy extras include an interior bike rack, guards for the door and trunk sills and more storage units.

The Scenic Conquest gets exclusive "Cayenne Orange" exterior paint, as well as orange cabin graphics, orange seatbelts and orange stitching. The lower part of the front bumper has a black graphic coating, and the sides are protected with chunky rubber strips.

Engine choices include a 2.0-liter gas engine that develops 132 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 141 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There is also a 1.9-liter diesel engine that delivers 129 hp at 4,000 rpm and 221 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. It is coupled to a six-speed transmission.

Renault said two additional engines will be available in certain markets. They include a 1.6-liter gas engine that develops 110 hp at 6,000 rpm and 112 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm, and a 105-hp version of Renault's 1.5-liter diesel that generates peak power at 4,000 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. Engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The Renault Scenic is roughly the size of a Toyota RAV4.

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