Renault's new Megane Coupe occupies centre stage on its showstand at this year's Paris Motor Show.
Following on from the unveiling of the new Megane shown in September, the Coupe is a fresh interpretation of the new subcompact and only the bonnet, wings and headlamps being shared between the two cars.
The Coupe, with its sculpted rear end and ride height lower by 12 mm to the hatchback, has a more athletic stance.
It shares the hatchback's McPherson-type front suspension with a new subframe to minimise lateral displacement and a rear suspension based on a "programmed deflection flexible beam using a closed section beam."
A range of new petrol and turbodiesel engines is included too. A new 1.4 turbo, called TCe 130, has been developed within the Nissan-Renault Alliance and produces 97 kW and 190 Nm. It can be mated with five- and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
The Coupe also shares a dashboard with the hatchback and features an analogue rev-counter, digital speedometer incorporating cruise control, fuel level and water temperature gauges, and tyre pressure warning lights.
The interior is said to be equipped with user-friendly features, including an automatic park brake, hands-free entry and start and automatic locking as the driver walks away from the car, Bluetooth DVD navigation and a new, high-end audio system known as "3D Sound by Arkamys".
Expect both the Megane hatch and coupe models to arrive in South Africa in 2009. Whether the turbocharged 1.4-litre will join the line-up remains to be seen.