New Renault Megane long overdue (+video)

Renault Megane III 2009 fq

Replacing essentially a six-year-old car, the new Megane’s is long overdue as it’s competing with the likes of the VW Golf and Ford Focus.

Due to be officially revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October, it takes its design cues from the Megane Coupe Concept shown at Geneva last March. New Renault Megane’s interior is equipped with practical, comfort-enhancing features. These include combined analogue/digital instruments incorporating a new, easier to read colour-coded cruise control/speed limiter interface, hands-free entry and ignition, automatic locking as the driver walks away from the car, a Carminat Bluetooth DVD navigation system and a custom-developed audio system (3D Sound by Arkamys).

A broad, extensively renewed range of dCi and TCe powerplants combining performance and respect for the environment is available, with four diesel engines that can claim CO2 emissions equal to, or less than, 120g/km.

New Renault Megane has been designed to offer best-in-class safety performance, too. Features include double side impact sensors and dual-chamber airbags as seen on Laguna III and aimed at minimising 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 Megane marks the beginning of Renault’s renewal of its C-segment line-up. With market share of more than a third, this segment has long been the biggest in Western Europe and makes a significant contribution to Renault’s performance in terms of both volume and profitability.

Pricing and a New Zealand release date haven’t been revealed.

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