Following its public debut in Paris early next month the all-new Renault Mégane goes on sale from November 2008.
Despite high anticipation of one of Europe's most important cars, today's official release is slightly anti-climatic as leaked images from last week already deflated any potential surprise. Nonetheless, the official detailed press kit has been released with plenty of photos, this time with interior shots, and those loyal to the Megane will pour over this information with much intensity.
The new Mégane stands 4.30m in length with a 2.64m wheelbase and 1.55m width. The Megane has a boot volume of 405 liters (dm3).
Features highlights include hands-free entry and ignition, automatic locking as the driver walks away from the car, a Carminat Bluetooth DVD navigation system and a custom-developed audio system (3D Sound by Arkamys).
The dCi 85 and dCi 105 engines have been joined by the dCi 90 and the particulate filter-equipped dCi 110. Every one of these engines emits less than 120g of CO2/km, while the new dCi 130 emits just 135g/km. Peak power (130hp/96kW) arrives sooner too (at 3,750rpm instead of 4,000rpm), and maximum torque (300Nm) is available from 1,750rpm instead of 2,000rpm. The engine line-up will shortly be extended to include the dCi 160 coupled with a manual gearbox and the dCi 150 mated to automatic transmission.
The petrol range includes the 1.6 16V 100hp and 110hp engines, as well as the 2.0 16V 140hp and the Tce 180. The 2.0 16V will be available from launch with a six-speed manual gearbox, while continuously variable transmission will be introduced with this powerplant at a later date. Renault’s latest petrol engine, the Tce 130 will be added in the spring of 2009. The new Mégane range will also include biofuel-compatible engines (bioethanol and biodiesel).
Following its public debut in Paris early next month the all-new Renault Mégane goes on sale from November 2008. With a market share of one-third in Europe's biggest C-segment, the Megane is a very important vehicle as it makes a significant contribution to Renault’s performance in terms of both volume and profitability. This time around Renault has paid close attention to quality, in particular to fit, finish and materials as well as reliability and durability.
Full details in press release below