Renault's new Megane Coupe-Cabriolet
23rd February, 2010
The new Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet rounds off the
renewal of the new Mégane range in style with the introduction of the line-up's sixth body type. The
newcomer's striking looks combine the elegance of a coupé with the promise of the thrills that go
hand-in-hand with driving a cabriolet.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet builds on the strengths that forged the success of its predecessor –
including a large, folding glass roof and a raft of user-friendly equipment – yet it goes further still by
· unruffled open-top motoring thanks to the forward position of the windscreen and a fixed glass wind
deflector situated behind the rear head restraints,
· outstanding handling performance thanks to a stiffer chassis and a new electric power steering system,
· a broad choice of engines, including one which can be ordered with the all-new automatic EDC (Efficient
Dual Clutch) transmission.
· careful attention to quality, including high-gloss black and satin-effect chrome exterior features.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is manufactured alongside Scénic and Grand Scénic at Renault's Douai plant in
France. It consequently benefits from the experience gained since the beginning of the Mégane programme,
including the assembly of the former-generation Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet.
New Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet is an open invitation to enjoy an alternative way to go motoring,
and is an elegant illustration of Renault's new brand signature, 'Drive the Change'.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet goes on sale throughout Europe in mid-2010. An Australian release is expected
ARRESTING LOOKS FROM EVERY ANGLE
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet completes the renewal of the New Mégane family in style with a car whose
intrinsic appeal is sure to turn heads.
Its looks exude a distinguished elegance that is underpinned by the large glass roof which tells you
that this is unmistakably a cabriolet, even in its coupé configuration. This high-gloss finish black glass
roof contrasts with the satin-effect chrome windscreen frame, while the sweep of the 'waistline' adds an
unmistakably high-end feel that more than does justice to its cabriolet 'persona'. The dark red taillights
feature a linear lighting pattern and LED brake lights to provide a distinctive rear lighting
The interior lay out carries over the same prevailing elegance and refinement, thanks not only to the
quality of the materials employed and to the high standard of finish, but also to the three choices of
trim, which range from dark charcoal and light beige to the charcoal and red two-tone finish with leather
Although the floating dashboard is identical to that of New Mégane Hatchback, the seats offer
additional lateral support, while the 'butterfly wing' door trim panel is specific to New Mégane
Coupé-Cabriolet and adds to the newcomer's inherent elegance.
CHIC AND PRACTICAL
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet's occupants benefit from the thrills of unruffled open-top motoring in all
The standard folding glass hard roof boasts a transparent glazed area of 0.47 sq. metres (a segment
best) to ensure a brightly lit cabin and a sensation of space and freedom. It also guarantees outstanding
acoustic and thermal comfort, as well as the reassurance of greater protection from vandalism. The
fully-automatic, electro-hydraulic opening mechanism of the two-part roof enables the driver to lower the
top in just 21 seconds at the press of a button.
With the top down, the driver and passengers alike enjoy a real sense of freedom. Entry and exit is made
easier by the more forward position of the windscreen header-rail which has been advanced by 6cm compared
with Mégane II Coupé-Cabriolet.
To make sure that all occupants are able to benefit from the pleasure of riding 'al fresco' without the
drawbacks, new Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is equipped with a fixed glass wind deflector (unique in the segment)
positioned behind the back seat head restraints. This arrangement enables four people to enjoy draft-free
driving at speeds of up to 90 km/h and, when used in conjunction with the removable mesh deflector screen
located behind the front seats, allows two occupants to travel free from buffeting whatever the speed.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet's length of 4,485 mm ensures that the driver and the three passengers benefit
from a standard of comfort expected of a family car.
The driver is treated to a carefully thought-through environment and conveniently positioned controls
which carry over solutions previously employed for New Mégane Hatchback and New Mégane Coupé:
- controls clustered either around the steering wheel or on the centre console,
- height- and fore/aft-adjustable driver's seat (through 70 mm and 240 mm respectively),
- position memory for front seats, after being tipped forward,
- reach and height-adjustable steering wheel (through 45 mm and five degrees respectively).
In addition to New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet's carefully-honed lines, special attention has gone into
ensuring that it is a practical package, too, and that includes the boot:
- automatic closing for simple, secure locking,
- large capacity (417 litres with the roof up, and 211 litres with the roof down),
- easy to access, with a segment-best sill height (590 mm from the ground) and aperture (258 mm) with
the roof down, enabling three 'cabin' cases to be carried side by side.
A RAFT OF PRACTICAL, USER-FRIENDLY HIGH-TECH FEATURES
Like all the models that make up the new Mégane 'family', new Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is
available with a long list of high-tech features, some of which are more readily associated with the next
· hands-free starting, and hands-free locking as the card-holder 'walks' away from the car,
· electric parking brake,
· automatic dual-zone three-mode (soft-auto-fast) climate control,
· directional bi-Xenon headlamps,
· combined digital/analogue instrument display,
· new, colour-coded cruise control/speed limiter interface,
· 3D sound by Arkamys® audio with Plug&Music connectivity (USB, mini-jack plug),
· Carminat TomTom® navigation, the market's most competitively priced built-in sat-nav system,
· customised settings and activation/deactivation of certain functions (daytime running lights,
volume of audible parking proximity warning).
A PERFECTLY SMOOTH RIDE
New Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet delivers the same high standard of driving precision as Mégane
Hatchback and Mégane Coupé to provide an enjoyable, responsive ride:
- The MacPherson-type front suspension is attached to a so-called 'horned' subframe, an
arrangement that ensures a level of lateral rigidity that is three-times superior to that of the
former-generation Megan Coupé-Cabriolet.
- The rear suspension's torsion beam features a lighter, closed-profile beam that delivers
enhanced torsional stiffness.
- The new electric power steering system is more responsive and refined, and gives even
more accurate feedback of information from the road.
The torsional rigidity of the body shell has been uprated by 80 per cent compared with Mégane II
Coupé-Cabriolet in order to match the increased stiffness of the suspension and for even greater
handling precision, whether the roof is up or down.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is available with a choice of seven efficient and eco-friendly
petrol and diesel powertrain configurations.
- The 1.6 16V 110 hp engine matched to a six-speed manual gearbox.
- The TCe 130 (Turbo Control efficiency) driving through a six-speed manual gearbox.
- The 2.0 16V 140 hp engine available with the new continuously variable transmission (CVT)
for even greater driving comfort thanks to smooth, step-less gearshifts.
The diesel engine range comprises the following Euro5-homologated powerplants:
- The dCi 110 DPF, matched either to the brand new six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch)
dual-clutch automatic transmission (see below) or to a manual six speed gearbox.
- The dCi 130 DPF which drives through a six speed manual gearbox.
- The dCi 160 DPF also with a six speed manual gearbox.
EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) dual-clutch automatic transmission
The six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) dual-clutch automatic transmission fits perfectly with
Renault's bid to combine ride comfort, driving pleasure and respect for the environment.
Based on DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) technology, it stands out as a genuine clean-break solution
compared with conventional automatic transmissions thanks to:
- CO2 emissions and fuel consumption comparable to those of a vehicle equipped with a manual gearbox,
- fast, smooth, automatic gearshifts,
- instant response to the driver's demands.
THE PLEASURE OF OPEN-TOP MOTORING IN TOTAL SAFETY
When it comes to safety, new Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet reaps the benefits of the brand's extensive
expertise in this field. Like all the models that make up the new Megane range, it has been engineered to
boast exemplary passive and active safety performance. An extensive range of equipment is available to
help drivers anticipate risk situations:
· front seatbelt warning lights,
· tyre pressure monitoring system,
· directional bi-Xenon headlamps with cornering dipped beams,
· automatic headlamp activation,
· automatic windscreen wiper activation,
· cruise control with speed limiter.
New Megane Coupé-Cabriolet comes with a comprehensive range of driving aids, too:
· ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution,
· Emergency brake assist,
· ESC with understeer control.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet's chief passive safety features are:
· programmed structural deformation designed to protect the cabin – and therefore occupants – in the case
of a rollover, thanks to reinforcement of the windscreen pillars, body sides, sills and floor,
· automatic pyrotechnic deployment of the rollover hoops should dedicated sensors detect that a rollover
· seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters,
· adaptive frontal airbags, 6
· dual-volume head/thorax/pelvis lateral airbags,
· anti-submarining airbags incorporated in the front seat cushions,
· side impact sensors,
· anti-whiplash head restraints,
· Isofix child seat anchorage for rear seats.
The public will get its first chance to see the new Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet when it is unveiled
at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show (4th-14th March, 2010). It will also be displayed at L’Atelier
Renault on the Champs-Elysées (N°53) in Paris, France.