Me­gane, you’ve done it again

Re­nault delivers the last word in top-down mo­tor­ing

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

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.

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