NEW MEGANE COUPé-CABRIOLET FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING PLEASURE
Renault South Africa proudly presents the new Megane Coupé-Cabriolet which will soon hit our local shores.
To improve an already beautiful concept is never easy and on the surface, the designers of the New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet made only limited changes to emphasise the popular profile of the 2004 Mégane.
Up front, the lines of trapezoidal xenon headlamps now taper into the bumpers with the flowing lines of a stronger V-shaped grille. The air-intake is larger, but positioned lower between wider-spaced fog lamps to continue the harmony of the new front-end design. Featuring stylish new wheel trims endows the New Mégane cc with a slightly more aggressive stance that reminds of the Wind and Fluence concept cars displayed at recent car shows to gauge public reaction to Renaults intended design direction.
Inside, rain and light sensors, optimised climate control, “Flat Blade” windscreen wipers and active carbon filter now form part of the standard equipment – thus enhancing driving comfort.
One area where Renault’s designers could – and did – give their creativity free reign was in the choice of fresh colours for the new Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet, which now include optional integral paint matched with bright, refined interior trims.
The Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet’s class-leading interior offers four comfortable seats with good knee-room and contours designed around the passengers. The front seats fold and slide in one single movement to provide easy access to the rear to fit four adults in comfort.
A large windscreen and glass roof saturate the interior with light, providing unrestricted views of the passing milieu. Fine-grained leather, satin chrome finishes and soft plastics create a luxurious interior, while the aircraft throttle-style hand brake and the instrument dials surround the driver with subtle reminders of the Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet’s sporty nature.
Unlike most coupes with folding roofs, the Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet boasts the boot space of a large saloon. With the roof up, the boot packs 490 litres, making this Coupé practical for both weekend-trips and the daily school-run.
On fine days, a touch of a button folds the glass roof into the top half of the boot to transform the Coupé into a cabriolet. With the roof down, boot space is reduced to a 190 litres, comparable to that of a small hatch. The boot space is augmented by a 17-litre cooled-glove box, a centre storage compartment and lidded storage pockets in both doors to keep loose items out of sight and sun.
The New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet was the first vehicle with a folding hard top to earn the maximum five star rating in the Euro NCAP front and side impact tests, and two of a possible four stars in pedestrian impact tests.
The new Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet encapsulates Renault’s third generation System for Restraint and Protection (SRP III). The system combines adaptive four two-stage airbags with adaptive safety belts, dual load limiters and twin pretensioners for the front seats.
The electronic stability programme is equipped with the ASR and CSV to correct understeer in a fraction of a second. The latest generation Bosch ABS system uses EBD and EBA to maximize the efficiency of the large disk brakes (280 mm front and 240 mm rear).
Renault’s dual pyrotechnic tensioners tighten the seat belts in conjunction with any airbag deployment, while the dual torsion load limiters limit the belts’ maximum restraining pressure to 400daN to prevent injury to the thorax. Renault’s first load limiters in 1995 reduced seat-belt forces on the torso from 1000 to 600 daN during impact.
The two-stage front air bags combine with a lateral air bag and anti-submarining air bags to protect the most-often injured limbs in the case of impact. A programmed deformation bodywork structure and fixed roll bars transfer shock away from passenger and protect their heads in case of a roll-over.
Map: Johannesburg Motor Show