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Renault's sizzling drop-top on show

2004-10-25 10:43

The Megane Coupe-Cabriolet will be available in three versions for South Africa: 1.6 16V Dynamique, 1.9 dCi Dynamique, and 2.0 16V Privilege.

It features a folding glass roof, developed for Renault by legendary German coachbuilders Karmann. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, the glass roof allows Megane Coupe-Cabriolet owners to enjoy many of the benefits of open-top motoring even with the roof closed.

Only the front grille, headlamps and bonnet are carried over from the Mégane hathch/sedan.

The specially shaped front wings extend the body sides and emphasize the car's shapeliness, with the lack of door pillars or side trim strips further contributing to its elegant and flowing lines.

Inside, the dashboard and front seats are identical to those in the Mégane.

The use of 3.15mm-thick Venus 40 glass guarantees both acoustic and thermal comfort for all occupants.

Operation of the roof is simple and quick. Opening and closing, performed by an electro-hydraulic mechanism, are entirely automatic and require no additional latching. It folds up and down in 22 seconds.

The car comes with standard equipment such as electric exterior mirrors, front- and rear electric windows, padded roll hoops and a removable wind deflector net.

As it shares the platform of the New Megane, torsional strength of the chassis and upper body structure is very good.

The stiffness of the body has been designed to keep the cabin space intact in the event of a rollover, with the aid of strengthened windscreen pillars, body sides and sills, and by the two fixed roll-hoops installed as standard.

Renault's third-generation System for Restraint and Protection (SRP), together with six airbags - including the two anti-submarining airbags beneath the cushions of the front seats/

The Mégane Coup-Cabriolet achieved the maximum five-star safety rating in the stringent Euro NCAP crash test.


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