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New 2009 Renault Megane Coupe - (Global)

October 3rd, 2008
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Unveiled at this year’s Paris Motor Show, Renault’s New Mégane Coupé is inspired by a passion for cars. Its extremely dynamic frontal-styling feature a grille comprising two outer air-scoops picked out by a satin-finish chrome trim that runs either side of the logo, as well as a central air-intake incorporating a matt-black crossbar. The headlights, which prolong the lines of the two air-scoops, give it a strong, clear personality. The crease lines of the bonnet sweep up the bonnet to the windscreen pillars and continue via the raked windscreen and sloping roofline to produce a particularly dynamic silhouette.

Seen from the side, the graphic form of its glazed areas, and more especially the quarterlight, echoes the character line as it strikes rearward to suggest forward movement. Its sculpted rear-end, broad, muscular haunches and low ride-height (12mm lower than the Hatch) ensure that New Mégane Coupé sits squarely on the road. Its assertive character is also expressed by the form of its rear light clusters which appear to be suspended over the shoulders and which incorporate unprecedented square rear lights set in a black background. The sporting pedigree of the coupé version is further accentuated by the two vertical lines that pick out the surface of the logo on the hatch and which add a dynamic touch to the rounded forms of the rear. It is also equipped with an air diffuser situated beneath the bumper, while the tailgate is topped by an aerodynamic lip spoiler.

Only the bonnet, wings and headlamps are shared by the coupé and hatchback versions.

Robustness and quality
Like its five-door sibling, New Renault Mégane Coupé immediately exudes a sense of robustness and quality. This impression is heightened by the generous surface area and curvaceous forms of their body panels. Seen from the side, the feature line extends the crease of the slightly prominent front wings rearward to emphasize the car's broad, solid shoulders. The wide track (1.55m) ensures that both the hatch and coupé versions sit squarely on the road and, in the case of New Mégane Coupé, the impression of stability is further amplified by its low ride-height and rear-end styling. The proportions of the two cars, the form of their waistline and their large door panels exude a feeling of protection, especially in the case of the coupé.

Coupled with the generous proportions of the bodywork, this blend of fluid lines also maximises the visual effect produced by the light reflecting off the body, while the range of metallic paint finishes includes the all-new Spray Blue for the Hatch and sparkling Cayenne Orange for the Coupé.

Particular attention has been paid to reducing the cut lines between the different body panels (e.g. windscreen pillars, fuel filler flap) and the front and rear bumpers which discreetly incorporate the parking proximity sensors. New Mégane's roofline also benefits from specific treatment thanks to the use of laser brazing which eliminates the need for roof trimming.

The interior, meanwhile, features an intuitive driving environment that makes extensive use of fluid forms. The impression that the dashboard is suspended is reinforced by the taut horizontal lines that emphasise the curve of the decorative trim. All the controls have been carefully positioned and fall easily to hand close to the steering wheel or on the centre console with a view to freeing up as much space as possible for an even roomier cabin.

Great care has also gone into the quality of the materials used. The fully integrated dashboard cowl benefits from a finish which is not only soft to the touch, but also resistant to daily use and to the ageing effects of sunlight.

The windscreen wipers are aesthetically concealed beneath the bonnet line, a choice which also favours acoustic and aerodynamic performance. The interior trim has been carefully thought through to produce a range of distinct ambiences depending on equipment level. Customers can accordingly choose between a light, elegant trim that exudes travelling comfort or a darker ambience with a sportier feel.

Ergonomically advanced: driving position, comfort and useful technology
Simplified ergonomics and interfaces mean that New Mégane customers will have absolutely no trouble familiarising themselves with their new vehicle.

The two cabins share the same 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, 'door open' and tyre pressure warning lights.

One particular Renault innovation is the 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.

The design of the seats and their materials enable long distances to be covered in total comfort. New Mégane Coupé's particularly enveloping seats have been designed to hold occupants firmly in place. In addition to the height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel featured on both versions, it takes no time at all for drivers to 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 acoustic comfort of the exceptionally roomy cabin which boasts best-in-class front elbowroom in the case of the hatchback. The Coupé comes with the same rear benchseat as the Hatch and, thanks to headroom of 83cm, comfortably seats three adults, making it ideal for daily use, solo journeys or trips with friends.

Both New Mégane bodystyles also boast a wide range of interior features. They both carry over the practical under-floor stowage first featured on previous generation Méganes. The front door bins can hold a 1.5 litre bottle, while the stowage in the centre console incorporates space under the armrests and gives rear passengers an open, practical and easily accessible cubby.
 
Both models also stand out by the amount of luggage they can carry. The Hatch’s boot volume of 405 litres figures amongst the best in the segment, while the coupé tops its class with 377 litres. The 60/40-split rear seat enables the load capacity to be adapted in an instant by means of practical, easy-to-reach levers.

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 two versions also come 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.

Both versions of New Mégane are equipped with hands-free entry and ignition, while the same card remotely locks the car when the driver walks away from the vehicle. The doors can also be locked automatically by pressing on the button situated on the door handles. They unlock when the hand of the person carrying the card approaches one of the door handles or activates the boot latch. 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 shared by both versions of New Mégane is the 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.

For optimal thermal comfort, New Renault Mégane and New Renault Mégane Coupé are equipped with air conditioning 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 optimises 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.

Both versions of New Mégane benefit 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 in digital audio processing benefits from some ten years of experience and has developed special onboard software which delivers a high quality three-dimensional sound. The system can even adapt the listening experience 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 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 multi-function TunePoint system 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.

A rewarding driving experience
A New Mégane for everybody's taste: the balanced Hatch and the sportier coupé.
New Renault Mégane and New Renault Mégane Coupé share the same MacPherson-type front suspension coupled with a new horned subframe, a configuration which minimises lateral displacement of the subframe to provide impeccable directional precision. The rear suspension is based on a programmed deflection flexible beam using a closed section beam that combines stiffer torsional performance and light weight. The sum of these features has produced a more responsive, agile ride, as well as improved cornering without detracting from comfort.

The Coupé's dynamic performance lives up to the promise suggested by its looks. Its assertive character is further enhanced by the development of a Sport chassis which has been engineered for even greater driving pleasure. Handling performance has been fine-tuned thanks to stiffer front and rear springs, an increased diameter anti-roll bar and a 12mm lower ride-height compared with the Hatch version of New Mégane.

At the same time, the new power steering system featured on both versions offers even swifter response to inputs from the driver and helps combat the phenomenon of steering wheel inertia.

In addition to the dynamic qualities of their chassis, New Mégane and New Mégane Coupé can claim class-leading stopping power thanks to their generously-dimensioned brakes.
 
The combination of ventilated 296mm-diameter discs at the front and 260mm-diameter rear discs slows New Mégane to a standstill after repeated braking from 62 mph in just 37 metres, one of the segment's best braking distances.
New Mégane and New Mégane Coupé also ensure precise, responsive and reassuring roadholding, while their positive, predictable handling performance is ideally suited to dynamic driving styles.

Respect for the environment and performance: the hallmarks of the dCi and TCe engine ranges
A significantly renewed range of dCi and TCe powerplants that combine fuel efficiency and performance will be available for New Mégane and New Mégane Coupé from launch. These engines are capable of delivering torque and power from low revs across a broad rev band whatever the demands made of them. Both versions of New Renault Mégane have profited from this expertise and share most of the same comprehensive line-up of engines and transmissions whose technical characteristics bring out the best in the new cars' dynamic potential.

The dCi range
The dCi 86 and dCi 106 engines, which have been widely praised for the performance and driving pleasure they deliver, emit less than 120g of CO2/km (118g/km for dCi 86, 120g/km for dCi 106), while the new dCi 130 profits from the dCi range's most advanced technology in terms of combustion and turbocharging to return CO2 emissions of just 135g/km. Peak power (130hp) 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
Depending on market, the petrol range for New Mégane and New Mégane Coupé will comprise the 1.6 16V 110hp, as well as the 2.0 16V 140hp and 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 to the range in the spring of 2009. Developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the latter is a perfect illustration of the expertise that has been acquired in the realm of downsizing. This new, fuel-efficient 1,397cc block packs the power of a 1.8-litre engine (130hp) and the torque of a 2.0 (190Nm), yet its CO2 emissions are less than those of a 1.6, making it particularly respectful of the environment. Depending on version, these engines can drive through five- or six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

The New Mégane range will include biofuel-compatible engines (bioethanol and biodiesel).

Despite being bigger and roomier, New Mégane and New Mégane Coupé are an average 8kg lighter than their predecessors. The combination of lower weight and optimized aerodynamics has led to particularly frugal fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions, but not to the detriment of either driving pleasure or performance.

New Mégane hatchback and New Mégane Coupé are both socially responsible cars. Almost 70 per cent of all sales will concern models that meet the three criteria required to qualify for the Renault eco² signature, namely:
- CO2 emissions less than 140g/km or biofuel-compatible,
- Manufactured in an ISO 14001-certified factory,
- 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable, while at least five per cent of the plastics the car contains must be sourced from recycling.

Safety excellence: a priority for New Mégane
Renault has naturally profited from its own engineering expertise and from the latest research carried out by LAB to develop a full range of safety equipment designed to perform in real-life driving situations. Both New Mégane bodystyles benefit from Renault's extensive expertise in the realm of safety and have been developed to be exemplary in this field.

In terms of active safety, New Mégane, like the rest of the Renault range, features a long list of equipment aimed at helping drivers anticipate risk situations.
This equipment includes visual seatbelt reminder warnings for all five seats, a tyre pressure monitoring system and bi-Xenon headlamps incorporating dipped beam cornering lights, as well as auto lights and wipers and the cruise control and speed limiter.

To optimise the driver's response to difficult or emergency situations, the two versions of New Mégane are also equipped with ABS, EBD and Emergency Brake Assist as standard. In the UK, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with ASR (Anti-Skid Regulation) and CSV understeer control are also standard.

On the passive safety front, the programmed deformation of the structure of New Mégane and New Mégane Coupé has been engineered to absorb impact energy with a view to protecting the cabin and therefore occupants. The materials employed – including high, very high and very, very high elastic limit steels – have been selected to absorb and dissipate as much kinetic energy as possible. Controlled deformation ensures that occupants are subjected to lower deceleration forces and this, coupled with the third-generation Renault System for Restraint and Protection (SRP3), guarantees an extremely high level of protection.

The Renault System for Restraint and Protection is unique on the market and takes into account both impact force and the build of occupants. It comprises double pretensioners, load limiters and dual-chamber adaptive airbags The system also offers optimum protection against submarining, a phenomenon in which the groin slides underneath the seatbelt's lap strap, possibly leading to serious abdominal lesions in a collision. The fastening of seatbelts is facilitated by the higher position of the stalks which offers easier access.

Impact from the side is a leading cause of fatal injuries since the flanks of a car traditionally offer less protection. However, specific work into this area has produced positive breakthroughs. Indeed, both New Méganes inherit the same double side-impact sensors and dual-chamber airbags first seen on Laguna III. The latter adapts the load exerted on the body by delivering three times more pressure to the groin area which is more exposed compared with the thorax.

Meanwhile, the fixation rods of the new generation headrests slide within the headrest and no longer within the upper part of the seatback and ensure enhanced protection of the cervical vertebrae in case of impact from the rear. Since the rods no longer form a rigid element in the seat, the occupant's back can sink into the seatback until their head comes into contact with the headrest, resulting in less movement of the head and thorax.


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