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September 10th, 2008
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CHAPTER 2
Ergonomically advanced, intuitively positioned controls, comfortable, with useful technology

The focus on an intuitive, comfortable interior
Simplified ergonomics and interfaces mean that New Mégane customers will have absolutely no trouble familiarising themselves with their new vehicle. The first thing they will appreciate as they take the wheel for the first time is its innovative dashboard which features an analogue rev-counter alongside a digital speedometer which is clear and easy to take in, ensuring greater visual control over the vehicle's speed. The centrally-positioned speedometer also incorporates the cruise control/speed limiter display, fuel and water temperature gauges, and 'door open' and tyre pressure warning lights.

One particular Renault innovation is New Mégane's cruise control/speed limiter which comes with a new interface. When this function is activated, the speed selected by the driver is displayed at the top of the speedometer which is itself ringed by a sequence of lights that take the form of an arc around the central display. In speed limiter mode, the red segment lights up as the speed increases, while the selected speed begins to flash if exceeded. The use of colours is not only intuitive and functional; it also represents a gain in terms of response time and safety.

The design of the seats and materials chosen for them enable long distances to be covered in total comfort. In addition to the height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, the intuitive seat-adjustment controls fall easily to hand and  drivers can quickly modify the seatback angle and headrest, adjust the lumbar support and even raise or lower the seat height through 70mm of travel.

The sensation of travelling comfort is heightened by the carefully engineered acoustics of the exceptionally roomy cabin which boasts best-in-class front elbow room.

The boot volume of 405 litres (372 where spare wheel is fitted) figures amongst the best in the segment. Access is made simple through the low sill height and wide hatch aperture which has been achieved by locating part of each rear light cluster on the hatch itself. The 60/40-split rear seat allows the load capacity to be easily adapted by means of practical, easy-to-reach levers. New Renault Mégane also carries over the particularly useful under-floor stowage featured on previous generation versions.

A raft of equipment from the next segment up
In response to customer demand, Renault has paid special attention to ensure that New Mégane's driving environment is practical, with controls that are both ergonomically positioned and intuitive. The newcomer also comes with a long list of technological equipment and features traditionally associated with the next segment up and aimed at taking the stress out of motoring, as well as enhancing travelling comfort.

New Renault Mégane is equipped with hands-free entry and ignition (depending on version), while the same card remotely locks the car when the driver walks away from the vehicle. All doors can also be locked automatically by pressing the button situated on each exterior handle. They unlock when the hand of the person carrying the card approaches one of the door handles or activates the boot button. Meanwhile, the remote lighting function enables drivers to locate their vehicle thanks to a specific button on the card which switches on the lights.

Another comfort feature is New Renault Mégane's assisted parking brake (depending on country) which is automatically applied when the engine is switched off and released by a simple press on the accelerator pedal with the engine running. The system facilitates hill starts and can be activated manually thanks to a switch situated on the centre console.

New Renault Mégane can be ordered with one of two GPS navigation systems: Carminat Bluetooth® CD (2D navigation with seven-inch colour display and now featuring central control).

For optimal thermal comfort, New Renault Mégane is equipped with climate control as standard, while an automatic dual-zone system is available for certain versions. This system enables the driver and front passenger to choose the temperature they prefer independently. It also permits them to select the fan speed thanks to the 'Soft-Auto-Fast' function. In 'Auto' mode, the system automatically optimizes the temperature, sound level and start-up speed. The 'Soft' mode favours a quieter ambience, notably for the driver and front passenger, while the 'Fast' mode responds swiftly and efficiently to adjust the temperature of the entire cabin.

New Mégane benefits from a comprehensive range of audio systems, too, including a first for a Renault model: a tailor-made top-end system developed in association with Arkamys® and known as '3D Sound by Arkamys®'. This specialist company in digital audio processing benefits from some 10 years of experience and has developed special onboard software which delivers a high quality three-dimensional sound. The system can even adapt to the number of occupants in the car. Meanwhile, radio reception has been optimised thanks to a dual aerial system comprising a traditional exterior antenna and another screen-printed onto the rear screen.

Connectivity also takes pride of place on New Renault Mégane thanks to the standard auxiliary socket located on the centre console which enables occupants to enjoy personal music collections stored on a portable player. The Plug & Music option enables the driver to scroll through the functions of portable players (USB key, iPod®, etc.) using the car's own steering wheel-mounted finger-tip remote controls, with menus and play lists shown remotely on the dashboard display.

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