New generation Megane pushed upmarket by Renault image

The fourth generation compact hatchback Megane has been officially revealed and awaits the public introduction scheduled during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show.

The compact model remains crucial to Renault’s advances on developed markets – especially in Europe – and the first pictures and details reveal how the automaker has been keen on pushing the entirely new model upscale, reflecting the same ambitious masterplan that also transpires from the talisman midsize sedan. No wonder since the compact market in Europe is fiercely fought and the Megane needed a complete refresh to fall in line with the latest styling language employed by the brand. Renault has opted for Talisman inspired but still distinctive lighting signatures both front and rear while the lower stance and wider track will emphasize a sporty heart – in a bid to stand up to rivals such as the VW Golf or Peugeot 308. Given the highly competitive compact segment, it was “vital that the new Megane should stand out right from the first glance,” commented Renault exterior designer Franck Le Gall.

The all new Megane is based on the new Renault-Nissan CMF-C/D platform that is also used for the marquee’s new compact crossover Kadjar or the Nissan Qashqai compact SUV. Compared to the predecessor, the new Megane is 25 mm lower, has an extended wheelbase by 28 mm and 47 mm and 39 mm wider track front and rear. The carmaker this year delivered 81,525 Megane units through July, according to figures from JATO Dynamics – which is far off from the continent’s best seller, the VW Golf – with 319,658 units.

Via Automotive News Europe