All-new Renault Mégane revealedRenault’s revised hatchback on sale soon
10 September 2008
The all-new Renault Mégane is set to be one of the highlights of next month’s Paris Motor Show – and here it is.
Revealed initially in family friendly five-door form, the new Mégane is said to boast a roomy interior, clever storage solutions, and some innovative new display and control systems.
This includes the combination of digital and analogue instruments in a bid to aid clarity and convenience. For example the rev counter is analogue, but speed is displayed digitally.
Renault is also making lots of noise about its new easy-to-understand cruise control interface.
Packed with gadgets
Equipment levels will be generous, with an emphasis on high-tech toys including keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth phone connection and an assisted parking brake that works automatically.
Climate control is standard, with a dual-zone system available on some versions.
A large range of engines includes the usual economical Renault dCi diesels – several of which will emit less than 120g/km CO2 in the Mégane.
Familiar 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrols will be joined by turbocharged units badged TCe (Turbo Control efficiency), including a new 1.4. Manual and automatic gearboxes will be available, with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) auto option coming later.
The new Mégane is on average 8kg lighter than the car it replaces (good for efficiency), while safety remains a high-priority. However, unlike the current Ford Focus, electronic stability control is not standard across the range – although we should point out that UK specification has not yet been finalised.
Current Mégane owners will no doubt be pleased to hear that Renault is also making great claims about improved quality and reliability.
The new Mégane is on sale internationally from November; no UK date has yet been confirmed.
And if you’re concerned about it looking less exciting than the current car, stay tuned: a three-door coupé is set to be unveiled at the Paris show.
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