Renault Scenic (2018 year). Instruction - part 9


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Renault Scenic (2018 year). Instruction - part 9




The “Hybrid Assist” system uses an 

electric motor to improve performance 

of the combustion engine (acceleration, 

starting on a slope etc.). The vehicle 

has more acceleration torque available 

while consuming less fuel.


Your electric vehicle has two types of 


–  a 48 V traction battery;

–  secondary 12 V battery.

“48 volt” traction battery

Located under the rear floor, this bat-

tery stores the energy recovered during 

phases of deceleration. This energy is 

used by the hybrid system to provide 

additional torque to the combustion 


“HYBRID ASSIST" SYSTEM: introduction 


Secondary 12V battery
The 12 V battery supplies the energy 

required to operate vehicle equipment 

(lights, windscreen wipers, ABS etc).

Please see the information under 

“12 volt battery” in Section 4.

“48 volt” electrical circuit

The 48 V electrical circuit is denoted 

by orange cables and parts bearing the 


All interventions or modi-

fications to the vehicle’s 

48 volt electrical system 

(components, cables, con-

nectors, traction battery) are strictly 

prohibited due to the risks this may 

present to your safety. Call an ap-

proved Dealer.
Risk of electric shock.


The  A symbol denotes the electrical 

elements of your vehicle which may 

present health risks.

The traction battery does 

not require any mainte-

nance. You should not open 

it or add any fluid.

Risk of electric shock.


“HYBRID ASSIST" SYSTEM: introduction 


Indicator of power 


The indicator 6 allows you to find the 

current consumption or recovery of 

electrical energy of the 48 volt traction 


“Energy recovery” zone A
When driving, if you lift your foot off the 

accelerator pedal or apply the brake, 

the electric motor generates electrical 

current during deceleration, and this 

energy is used to slow down the vehicle 

and recharge the 48 V traction battery.

“Neutral” zone 0
The 48 volt traction battery does not re-

cover and does not consume any elec-

trical energy.

The display of this information de-

pends on the vehicle.

“Assistance” zone B

The 48 volt traction battery supplies the 

electrical energy required for the motor 

to reduce fuel consumption.

“Full power” zone C

While driving, the full power of the 

motor is triggered when you go past the 

resistance point as you depress the ac-


This zone indicates significant con-

sumption of electrical energy. The 

wheel 7 is displayed on the instrument 

panel to inform you that maximum 

power is being supplied to the motor to 

increase the engine torque.








Operating faults

– If the 

 warning light on the in-

strument panel comes on, this indi-

cates that an operating fault has oc-

curred in the system. The operation 

of the vehicle is still maintained;





 lit up on the in-

strument panel accompanied by the 

message “Electric failure DANGER” 

indicates a system fault.

  For approximately 30 seconds, 



 warning light lights up 

on the instrument panel accompa-

nied by the message “Electric failure 


  Over the following 30 seconds, the 

vehicle progressively loses power 

from its combustion engine.

  Approximately two minutes after the 

first time the warning appears, the 

vehicle speed is limited to 4.34 mph 

(7 km/h) approximately.

In all cases, please consult an 

Authorised Dealer.

Warning light 



quires you to stop immedi-

ately, for your own safety, 

as soon as traffic conditions 

allow. Switch off the engine and do 

not restart it. Contact an approved 


“HYBRID ASSIST" SYSTEM: introduction 



“HYBRID ASSIST” SYSTEM: important recommendations 

Please read these instructions carefully. Failure to follow these instructions may lead to a risk of fire, serious injury 

or electric shocks.

In the event of an accident or impact

Never touch the “48 volt” components or orange cables which are exposed and visible inside or outside the vehicle.

Risk of electric shock.
In the event of serious damage to the 48 V traction battery, leaks may occur:

–  never touch any liquids (fluids etc.) coming from the 48 V traction battery;

–  in the event of contact with the body, wash the affected area with plenty of water and consult a doctor as soon as possible.

In the event of fire

In the event of fire, make everyone evacuate the vehicle immediately and contact the emergency services, informing them that 

this is an electric vehicle.

Only use extinguishing agents ABC or BC that are permitted for use with electrical fires. Do not use water or other extinguish-

ing agents.

In the event of damage to the electrical circuit, please call an authorised dealer.

Washing the vehicle

Never wash the engine compartment, the “48 volt” components and the orange cables with a high pressure washer.

This risks damaging the electric circuit.

Never wash the luggage compartment or the rear bench seat with a water jet or high pressure washer.

This risks damaging the electric circuit.

Risk of fire if water leaks into the 48 volt traction battery.


To apply:
Pull lever 3 upwards. Check that the 

vehicle is immobilised. The warning 



 on the instrument panel will 

come on.

Gear lever

Selecting reverse gear
Vehicles with a manual gearbox:

follow the grid pictured on the knob 1 

and lift the ring against the gear lever 

knob to select reverse.
Vehicles with automatic gear-

box:  refer to the information on the 

“Automatic gearbox” in Section 2.
The reversing lights will come on as 

soon as reverse gear is selected with 

the ignition on.



Note: depending on the vehicle, if the 

dipped beam headlights are on, the 

front fog lights come on simultaneously 

when reverse gear is selected.


To release

Pull the lever 3 up slightly, press 

button 2 and then lower the lever to the 


The warning light 


 on the instru-

ment panel will go out.

The red warning light on the instrument 

panel will come on if you are driving 

with an incorrectly released handbrake.



When stationary, and de-

pending on the slope and/or 

vehicle load, it may be nec-

essary to pull up the hand-

brake at least two extra notches and 

engage a gear (1


 or reverse gear) 

for vehicles with a manual gearbox 

or position P for vehicles with an au-

tomatic gearbox.

An impact to the under-

side of the vehicle while 

manoeuvring (e.g. strik-

ing a post, raised kerb or 

other street furniture) may result in 

damage to the vehicle (e.g. defor-

mation of an axle).

To avoid any risk of accident, have 

your vehicle checked by an ap-

proved Dealer.

Make sure that the hand-

brake is properly released 

when driving (red indicator 

light off), otherwise over-

heating, or even damage, may 





To indicate that the electronic parking 

brake is released, a beep sounds and 

the message “Apply parking brake” ap-

pears on the instrument panel:

–  with the engine running: when the 

driver’s door is opened;

–  for vehicles not fitted with Stop and 

Start, with the engine switched off 

(e.g when the engine stalls): when a 

front door is opened.

In this case, pull and release switch 3 to 

apply the assisted parking brake.

Assisted release of the parking 

The brake will be released as soon as 

the vehicle starts and accelerates.

Assisted operation

The electronic parking brake immobi-

lises the vehicle when the engine is 

switched off by pressing the engine 

start/stop button 1 or turning the ig-

nition key (key in 2  “ON 2 posi-

In all other circumstances, for example 

stalling of the engine or placing of 

the engine on standby by the  Stop 

and Start function (refer to the informa-

tion on the “Stop and Start” function in 

Section 2), the electronic parking brake 

is not applied automatically. Manual 

mode must be used.

For certain country-specific model ver-

sions, the assisted brake application 

function is not activated. Refer to the 

information on “Manual operation”.
To confirm that the electronic parking 

brake is applied, the message “Parking 

brake on” and warning light 



on the instrument panel and warning 

light 4 on the switch 3 light up.
After the engine is switched off, indi-

cator light 4 goes out several minutes 

after the assisted parking brake has 

been applied and indicator light 



goes out when the vehicle is locked.

Before leaving the vehicle, 

check that the electronic 

parking brake is fully ap-

plied. Warning light 4 on 

switch  3 and warning light 



on the instrument panel light up to 

show that the parking brake is ap-

plied but go out when the doors are 









For vehicles fitted with the Stop and 

Start function, with the engine on 

standby, the electronic parking brake is 

automatically activated if the driver un-

fastens their seat belt or opens the driv-

er's door or gets out of their seat.

Brief stop

To apply the electronic parking brake 

manually (when stopping at a red light, 

or stopping when the engine is running, 

etc.): pull and release the switch 3. The 

brake is released as soon as the vehi-

cle is started up again.

Special cases

To park on a slope or while towing a 

trailer, for example, pull switch 3 for 

a few seconds to gain the maximum 

To park the vehicle without applying the 

electronic parking brake (if there is a 

risk of freezing, for example):

–  with the engine running, while si-

multaneously depressing the brake 

pedal and the switch 3, stop the 

engine (do not put it on standby for 

vehicles fitted with Stop and Start);

–  in gear, release the brake pedal and 

switch 3.

Manual operation

You can control the electronic parking 

brake manually.

Applying the electronic parking 


Pull switch 3. Warning light 4 and warn-

ing light 


 on the instrument panel 

light up.

Releasing the electronic parking 


With the ignition on, depress the brake 

pedal then press switch 3: indicator 

lights 4 and 


 go out.

Special feature related to 

the Stop and Start function: 

if the driver's seat is unfas-

tened  before the engine 

goes into standby due to the Stop 

and Start function, make sure that 

the parking brake is applied: the 


 indicator light on the instru-

ment panel confirms this. Risk of 

loss of immobilisation.






Operating faults

–  If there is a fault, the 



light illuminates on the instrument 

panel accompanied by the “Check 

parking brake” message and, in 

some cases, the 




Please contact an authorised dealer 

as soon as possible.

–  If there is an assisted parking brake 

fault, the warning light 



on, along with the message “Braking 

system fault”, a beep and, in some 

cases, the warning light 



This means that you must stop as 

soon as traffic conditions allow.

Versions with an automatic 


For safety reasons, automatic release 

is deactivated when the driver’s door 

is open or not shut properly and the 

engine is running (in order to prevent 

the vehicle from moving without the 

driver). The “Release parking brake 

manually” message appears on the 

instrument panel when the driver de-

presses the accelerator.

It is therefore essential to 

immobilise the vehicle by 

engaging first gear (manual 

gearbox) or position P (au-

tomatic gearbox). If the slope re-

quires it, chock the vehicle.

Never leave your vehicle 

without moving the selec-

tor lever to position P and 

switching off the engine. 

This is because when the vehicle is 

stationary with the engine running 

and a gear engaged, the vehicle 

may begin to move.
There is a risk of accidents.

If no lights or sounds are ap-

parent, this indicates a fault 

in the instrument panel. This 

indicates that it is essential 

to stop immediately (as soon as traf-

fic conditions allow). Ensure that the 

vehicle is correctly immobilised and 

contact an approved Dealer.

In the event of message 

“Electric failure DANGER” 

or “Check battery”, manu-

ally activate the electronic 

parking brake by pulling switch 3 (or 

position the gear lever in P for au-

tomatic gearboxes) before stopping 

the engine. 
Risk of loss of immobilisation of 

the vehicle.
Contact an authorised dealer.




Fuel consumption is accredited in ac-

cordance with a standard regulatory 

method. Identical for all manufactur-

ers, this enables vehicles to be com-

pared with one another. Consumption 

in real time depends on vehicle usage 

conditions, the equipment fitted and the 

user’s driving style. To optimise fuel 

consumption, please refer to the follow-

ing advice.
Depending on the vehicle, you will have 

various functions which enable you to 

lower your fuel consumption:

–  the rev counter with ECO zone;

–  gear change indicator;

–  the driving style indicator;

–  the journey record and eco-driving 

advice via the multimedia screen;

– ECO mode.
If fitted on the vehicle, the navigation 

system provides additional information.

On the instrument panel A 

or B 

Depending on the vehicle, the informa-

tion display can be organised and cus-

tomised based on the instrument panel 

customisation style selected from the 

multimedia screen.

The rev counter with ECO zone 1
Driving in the ECO zone helps you op-

timise fuel consumption under most cir-









Gear change indicator 2
To obtain optimum consumption levels, 

a warning light on the instrument panel 

lets you know the best time to move up 

or down a gear:




 move up a gear;



 move down a gear.

If you regularly follow this indicator, you 

will reduce your vehicle’s fuel consump-






Special feature on vehicles equipped 

with the “Hybrid Assist” system
The most suitable gear 3 is displayed 

on the instrument panel.








On the multifunction screen

Journey record
Once the engine is switched off, you 

will see “Journey record” displayed on 

the screen 5, enabling you to view in-

formation relating to your last journey.

This indicates:

–  average fuel consumption;

–  number of miles/kilometres travelled;

– number of miles/kilometres saved. 

This corresponds to driving without 

fuel consumption (deceleration and/

or foot off the accelerator pedal).

An overall rating from 0 to 100 is dis-

played to let you assess your eco driv-

ing performance. The higher the rating, 

the lower the fuel consumption.

Eco advice is given to help improve 

your performance.
With your favourite journeys saved, 

you can compare your performance 

between trips and the performance of 

other vehicle users.

For more information, please see the 

multimedia system instructions.

Driving style indicator 4
Informs you about the driving style 

adopted in real time. This is shown by 

indicator light 4.
The more petals there are on indica-

tor 4, the smoother and more economi-

cal your driving.
If you regularly monitor this indicator, 

you will reduce your vehicle’s fuel con-

To activate/deactivate the driving style 

indicator, please see the multimedia 

system instructions.





ECO mode

ECO mode is a function which opti-

mises fuel consumption. It acts upon 

certain power consuming systems in 

the vehicle (heating, air conditioning, 

power-assisted steering etc.) and on 

certain driving actions (acceleration, 

gear changing, cruise control, deceler-

ation etc.).
Limiting acceleration enables low fuel 

consumption in urban and surrounding 

areas. When ECO mode is in use, it is 

normal to notice a change in the heat-

ing level.

Activating the function
The function can be activated:

–  by pressing switch 6.

–  by pressing the switch 7 (please refer 

to the information on “Multi-Sense” in 

Section 3);

– from the navigation menu on the 

multimedia screen (please refer to 

the multimedia instructions).

The warning light 

 comes on on 

the instrument panel to confirm activa-


Disabling the  function
Press switch 6.

The warning light 

 goes out on 

the instrument panel to confirm deac-


While driving, it is possible to leave the 

ECO mode temporarily in order to im-

prove engine performance.
For this, depress the accelerator pedal 

firmly and fully.
ECO mode is reactivated when you 

take pressure off the accelerator pedal.




Driving advice and ECO 


–  Drive carefully for the first few miles 

until the engine reaches its normal 

operating temperature, rather than 

let it warm up while the vehicle is sta-


–  Speed is expensive.

–  Dynamic driving with a lot of frequent 

acceleration and braking is expen-

sive on fuel in comparison to the time 


–  Do not overrev the engine in the in-

termediate gears.

  You should always use the highest 

gear possible.

–  Avoid sudden acceleration.

–  Brake as little as possible. If you an-

ticipate an obstacle or bend in ad-

vance, you may then simply release 

the accelerator pedal.

– Do not try to maintain the same 

speed up a hill, accelerate no more 

than you would on flat ground. Keep 

your foot in the same position on the 

accelerator pedal.

–  Double declutching and accelerating 

before switching off are unnecessary 

in modern vehicles.

Obstructions to the driver

On the driver’s side, only 

use mats suitable for the 

vehicle, attached with the 

pre-fitted components, and check 

the fitting regularly. Do not lay one 

mat on top of another.

There is a risk of wedging the 




–  Bad weather, flooded roads:

Do not drive through 

floods if the water is 

above the lower edge of 

the wheel rims.




Advice on use
–  Favour the ECO mode.

–  Electricity is fuel; switch off all the 

electrical components which are 

not really needed. However (safety 

first), keep your lights on when the 

visibility is bad (“see and be seen”).

–  Use the air vents. Driving with the 

windows open at 60 mph (100 km/h) 

will increase fuel consumption by 


–  Never fill the fuel tank right to the 

brim to avoid overflow.

–  In vehicles fitted with air condi-

tioning, it is normal to observe an 

increase in fuel consumption (espe-

cially in urban conditions) when it is 

used. For vehicles fitted with manual 

air conditioning, switch off the system 

when it is not required.
Recommendations for reducing 

consumption and therefore help-

ing to preserve the environment:
If the vehicle has been parked in the 

sun, open the doors for a few mo-

ments to let the hot air escape before 

starting the engine.

– Do not leave an empty roof rack 

fitted to the vehicle.

–  It is better to fit a trailer for bulky ob-


–  When towing a caravan, fit a wind 

deflector and adjust it carefully.

–  Avoid using the car for door-to-door 

calls (short journeys with long waits 

in between) because the engine 

never reaches its normal operating 


–  An underinflated tyre increases fuel 


–  Opt for the highest speed pressure 

or the pressure recommended to op-

timise fuel consumption indicated 

on edge of the driver’s door (please 

refer to the information on “Tyre infla-

tion pressure” in Section 4).

–  The use of non-recommended tyres 

can increase fuel consumption.



Your vehicle complies with criteria for 

recycling and recovering vehicles at the 

end of their service life, which entered 

into force in 2015.
Some parts of your vehicle have there-

fore been designed to facilitate future 


These parts are easy to remove so 

that they can be recovered and reproc-

essed by recycling companies.
By virtue of its design, moderate fuel 

consumption and initial settings, your 

vehicle also conforms to current anti-

pollution regulations. The manufac-

turer is actively striving to reduce pol-

lutant exhaust gas emissions and to 

save energy. But the fuel consumption 

of your vehicle and the level of pollutant 

exhaust gas emissions are also your 

responsibility. Ensure that it is main-

tained and used correctly.


It is important to remember that fail-

ure to respect anti-pollution regulations 

could lead to legal action being taken 

against the vehicle owner.

In addition, replacing engine, fuel 

supply system and exhaust compo-

nents with parts other than those origi-

nally recommended by the manufac-

turer may alter your vehicle so that it 

no longer complies with anti-pollution 

Have your vehicle adjusted and 

checked by an authorised dealer, in ac-

cordance with the instructions given in 

your maintenance schedule: they will 

have all the equipment necessary for 

ensuring that your vehicle is maintained 

to its original standard.

Engine adjustments

 Spark plugs: for optimum condi-

tions of use, output and performance 

the specifications laid down by our 

Design Department must be strictly 


  If the spark plugs have to be changed, 

use the make, type and gap specified 

for your vehicle’s engine. Contact an 

authorised dealer for this.

  Air filter, fuel filter: a choked ele-

ment will reduce efficiency. It must 

be replaced.

  Ignition and idle speed: no adjust-

ment is needed.

Exhaust gas monitoring 


The exhaust gas monitoring system will 

detect any operating faults in the vehi-

cle’s antipollution system.

If this system malfunctions, toxic sub-

stances may be released into the at-

mosphere or damage may occur.


This indicator light on the in-

strument panel indicates pos-

sible faults in the system.

This lights up when the ignition is 

switched on and goes out when the 

engine is started.
–  If it lights up continuously, consult an 

approved Dealer as soon as possi-


–  if it flashes, reduce the engine speed 

until the light stops flashing. Contact 

an authorised dealer as soon as pos-





Your vehicle has been designed to emit 

fewer greenhouse gases (CO2) while in 

use, and therefore to consume less fuel 

(eg. 140 g/km, equivalent to 5.3 l/100 

km for a diesel vehicle).
Our vehicles are also equipped with a 

particle filter system including a cata-

lytic converter, an oxygen sensor and 

an active carbon filter (the latter pre-

vents vapour from the fuel tank being 

released into the open air).
For certain diesel vehicles, this system 

also has a particle filter to reduce the 

volume of soot particles emitted.

Please make your own 

contribution towards 

protecting the environment 


–  Worn parts replaced in the course of 

routine vehicle maintenance (vehi-

cle battery, oil filter, air filter, batter-

ies, etc.) and oil containers (empty or 

filled with used oil) must be disposed 

of through specialist organisations.

–  At the end of the vehicle’s service 

life, it should be sent to approved 

centres to ensure that it is recycled.

–  In all cases, comply with local legis-



Your vehicle is 85% recyclable and 

95% recoverable.
To achieve these objectives, many of 

the vehicle components have been de-

signed to enable them to be recycled. 

The materials and structures have 

been carefully designed to allow these 

components to be easily removed and 

reprocessed by specialist companies.
In order to preserve raw material re-

sources, this vehicle incorporates nu-

merous parts made from recycled plas-

tics or renewable materials (vegetable 

or animal-derived materials such as 

cotton or wool).

Your vehicle has been designed with 

respect for the environment in mind for 

its entire service life: during production, 

use and at the end of its life.

This commitment is illustrated by the 

Renault eco² signature.


Your vehicle has been manufactured at 

a factory which complies with a policy 

to reduce the environmental impact 

on the surrounding areas (reduction of 

water and energy consumption, visual 

and noise pollution, atmospheric emis-

sions and waste water; sorting and re-

using waste).








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