Advertorial: Megane technology
Renault’s New Mégane five-door hatchback is a cutting-edge model in every respect. A pioneering all-digital philosophy has been applied to the entire design, development and production of this appealing new C-segment contender.
The use of all-digital technology enabled Renault's Design Department to work with the project engineers on the Mégane's design from a very early stage. Advanced digital rendering enables the production of animations that depict vehicles in a purely virtual setting, after less than three hours of calculations.
This outstanding tool was developed entirely in-house, and makes it possible to evaluate the lines of a new vehicle even before the first scale model is produced. This represents an indispensable advantage when it comes to making styling related decisions, and permitted sales and marketing specialists to contribute to the honing of the design of X95, the codename given to the New Mégane project.
All-digital technology also serves to prepare the tooling that is employed to manufacture the vehicle.
The high-tech approach to New Mégane extends to its engine platforms too, delivering a range of powerplants that perfectly respond to the demands of today's motorists. At the same time, by delivering low consumption and reduced emissions, Renault has entrenched its unwavering commitment to environmental compatibility and sustainability.
Certainly one of Renault's headline acts in this regard is the latest evolution of the renowned 1.9 dCi turbodiesel engine. In this most recent, thoroughly updated guise, it boasts a revised variable-geometry turbocharger with curved blades to deliver faster response and power delivery.
Seven-hole injector nozzles replace the six-hole versions used previously, ensuring a finer, more efficient fuel spray and consequently more efficient combustion.
The result is a powerful yet quiet engine that is respectful of the environment, consuming an average of just 5,1 litres/100 km in the mixed cycle, while emitting a low 134 g of CO2/km.
As of January 2010, New Mégane buyers will also have the option of Renault’s new 1.4 TCe (Turbo Control efficiency) unit – an advanced turbocharged petrol engine that is the perfect illustration of Renault's experience in downsizing.
The engine is particularly fuel efficient and in tune with the environmental demands, achieving an average fuel consumption of 6.5 litres/100 km and an equivalent 156 g of CO2/km. Accordingly, despite boasting the power of a comparable 1,8-litre normally aspirated engine and the torque of a 2.0-litre, its CO2 emissions are less than those of a 1.6.
And even though it is bigger and more spacious, New Mégane is an average 8 kg lighter than its predecessor. The combination of lower weight and optimised aerodynamics has contributed to reduced consumption and emissions, but without sacrificing driving pleasure or performance.
New Mégane is one of the most socially responsible cars in its class. Approximately one-third of all SA sales will concern models that meet the criteria required to qualify for Renault's eco2 signature.
This includes CO2 emissions less than 140 g/km; manufactured in an ISO 14001 factory (New Mégane is produced exclusively at Renault's ISO-rated Palencia plant in Spain); and along with being 95 percent end-of-life recoverable, at least five percent of the car's plastic must be sourced from recycling.
New Mégane comfortably fulfils these requirements, including being 95% end-of-live recoverable by mass, while almost 12 percent of the plastics it contains (an average of 22 kg) are from recycled material.