The New Renault Mégane heralds a pronounced shift in Renault's approach to styling, and confirms the glimpse into the future provided by the Mégane Coupé Concept revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008.
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It has been designed to win over a particularly exacting clientele, and combines styling cues both from the world of sport and the passion associated with cars.
Pure visual appeal
From an early stage, Renault's Design Department worked hand in hand with the project engineers to incorporate sporty styling and a sense of robustness into New Mégane's genetic make-up, and both are expressed by the new model's generously proportioned body panels and sweeping curves.
The result is a five-door hatchback that is 4 295 mm length, with an unmistakably dynamic stance, thanks in particular to its short front and rear overhangs, long 2 640 mm wheelbase, steeply-raked roofline and wide front and rear tracks (respectively 28 mm and 33 mm wider than Mégane II).
The newcomer’s assertive personality is immediately apparent through its racy front-end looks, which feature crease lines that sweep down from the windscreen pillars and across the bonnet. The streamlined headlamps extend the fluid contours of the bold air intakes to reinforce New Mégane's determined expression and piercing gaze.
Viewed from the side, the feature line extends the crease of the prominent front wings to emphasize the car's broad, solid shoulders. The strong character of New Renault Mégane is also apparent at the rear, where the two-piece light clusters continue the theme of the muscular shoulders and, in turn, facilitate easy access to the boot.
Intuitive driving environment
The interior of New Mégane features an intuitive driving environment that makes extensive use of fluid forms.
The use of taut horizontal lines for the decorative trim creates an impression of a suspended dashboard. All the controls have been carefully positioned, and fall easily to hand both close to the steering wheel and on the instrument panel.
A central design feature is the innovative instrument binnacle that boasts an analogue rev counter alongside a digital speedometer for optimal visibility. The atter also neatly houses the cruise control/speed limiter display, fuel gauge, engine temperature and 'door open' warning indicator.
Robustness and tactile quality
Great care has gone into the quality and fit and finish of the materials used inside the New Mégane. The fully integrated dashboard cowl benefits from a finish that is not only soft to the touch, but also resistant to the rigours of daily use and the ageing effects of sunlight.
The windscreen wipers are aesthetically concealed beneath the bonnet line, a choice that also favours acoustic and aerodynamic performance.