Megane, you’ve done it again
Renault delivers the last word in top-down motoring
Renault’s new Megane CoupeCabriolet (CC) completes the renewal of the new generation Megane lineup. But we haven’t yet seen any of them in this country. They will make an appearance some time soon.
In France, six body types are available; Megane is the number one seller in its segment in France.
Megane CC brings head-turning looks, plus a genuine sense of freedom thanks to its panoramic glass roof and the forward position of its windscreen. Its standard fixed-glass wind deflector reduces turbulence to maximise the pleasure of al fresco motoring. The opening and closing of the two-part roof is controlled by a fully-powered, electro-hydraulic mechanism.
By holding down a button within easy reach on the console, the driver can lower the top in just 21 seconds.
A second press on the same button or a single touch on the ‘‘Grand Air’’ switch on the drivers door lowers all four windows simultaneously.
Megane CC is made at Renault’s Douai plant, in northern France, alongside Scenic and Grand Scenic. It consequently benefits from the significant production expertise gained by this factory since the launch of the first Megane Cabriolet in 1997.
Megane CC’s precise, reassuring handling and outstanding acoustic comfort all contribute to the driving pleasure it delivers.
The CC is based on the same technical specification as the other models that make up the new Megane lineup, but packs a number of specific features aimed at enhancing the pleasure associated with top-down motoring, with efficiency and comfort as over-riding watchwords.
The front suspension is based on a MacPherson-type arrangement associated with the new ‘‘horned’’ subframe. This layout is engineered to deliver steering precision by restricting lateral movement of the engine subframe in relation to the body structure (three times more rigid than the previous-generation car).
The rear suspension incorporates a programmed-deflection flexible beam, with a closed-section beam that is both lighter and more compact than a multi-arm solution for equivalent torsional stiffness.
The CC line-up includes a wide choice of responsive engines and new automatic transmissions which are simple and fun to use for even greater
A bioethanol E85 version of this engine is also available.
There’s also a choice of three latestgeneration, 1.9 or 2.0-litre, Euro5compliant diesel engines: dCi 110, dCi 130 and dCi 160.
Transmissions are a manual sixspeed manual, a CVT or a dual clutch manumatic in diesel.
The dCi 130 engine benefits from extensive fine-tuning work on the 1.9-litre diesel block.
Features include a new turbo with curved blades and seven-hole injectors which enable this engine to combine powerful performance with fuel efficiency.
The streamlined look of the latest from Renault.