New Renault Mégane and New Renault Mégane Coupe mark the beginning of Renault’s renewal of its C-segment line-up.
Despite being bigger and roomier, New Mégane and New Mégane Coupe are an average 8kg lighter than their predecessors. The final result is a family hatchback of 4.30m in length with a dynamic stance thanks particularly to its short front and rear overhang, 2.64m wheelbase, steeply-raked roofline and wide tracks. At the exterior, only the bonnet, wings and headlamps are shared by the coupe and hatchback versions.
Safety features include double side-impact sensors and dual-chamber airbags as seen on Laguna III and aimed at minimizing the consequences of a side-on collision. It is also a socially responsible vehicle which is 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable by weight, while almost 12 per cent of the plastics it contains are sourced from recycling, equivalent to an average of 22kg per car.
New Renault Mégane and New Renault Mégane Coupe are equipped with hands-free entry and ignition, while the same card remotely locks the car when the driver walks away from the vehicle. The
doors can also be locked automatically by pressing on the button situated on the door handles. They unlock when the hand of the person carrying the card approaches one of the door handles or
activates the boot latch. Meanwhile, the remote lighting function enables drivers to locate their vehicle thanks to a specific button on the card which switches on the lights.
Another comfort feature shared by both versions of New Renault Mégane is the assisted parking brake which is automatically applied when the engine is switched off and released by a simple press
on the accelerator pedal with the engine running. The system facilitates hill starts and can be activated manually thanks to a switch situated on the centre console.
Both versions of New Mégane benefit from a comprehensive range of audio systems, too, including a first for a Renault model: a tailor-made top-end system developed in association with Arkamys® and
known as ‘3D Sound by Arkamys®’.
Engines: the dCi range
The new dCi 130 return CO2 emissions of just 135g/km. Peak power (130hp/96kW) (at 3,750rpm instead of 4,000rpm) and maximum torque (300Nm) is available from 1,750rpm instead of 2,000rpm. The engine line-up will shortly be extended to include the dCi 160 coupled with a manual gearbox and the dCi 150 mated to automatic transmission.
The line includes ab 1.6 16V 110hp, as well as the 2.0 16V 140hp and the TCe 180. The 2.0 16V will be available from launch with a six-speed manual gearbox, while continuously variable transmission will
be introduced with this powerplant at a later date. Renault’s latest petrol engine, the TCe 130 will be added to the catalogue in the spring of 2009.
This new, fuel-efficient 1,397cc block packs the power of a 1.8-litre engine (130hp) and the torque of a 2.0 (190Nm), yet its CO2 emissions are less than those of a 1.6, making it particularly
respectful of the environment. Depending on version, these engines can drive through five- or sixspeed manual or automatic transmissions.