Renault has today revealed the new Megane saloon adding a third model to its C-segment line-up, which also includes the Megane hatchback and estate as well. The new saloon, which will be sold in some markets as the Megane Grand Coupe, will essentially replace the Fluence, was introduced in 2009 as the saloon version of the Megane but was never called by that name. However, that strategy didn’t work for Renault and it has come back to calling it the Megane again.
Built on the same CMF C/D platform that underpins the hatch and the estate, as well as the larger Talisman saloon, the Megane saloon also takes its basic design cues from these cars, including the signature C-shaped LED lights and the overall front-end styling. However, it adds the convenience of a larger 503-litre boot, which adds nearly 100 litres to extra cargo capacity over the hatch.
Engines are also carried over from the hatch, with a choice of two petrol engines; a 115bhp 1.6-litre unit mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission, and a 130bhp 1.2-litre turbo four-pot coupled with either a seven-speed dual clutch or a six-speed manual gearbox. Depending on markets, there will also be a range of three diesel engines, making 90bhp, 110bhp and 130bhp in their respective variants.
Inside, the cabin is said to have been made more refined than the Talisman’s and gets 7.0in color TFT digital counter, an 8.7in multimedia tablet interface, a color head-up display, parking aids, as well as safety features like emergency braking system, lane departure warning etc.
To be built in the French carmaker’s plant in Bursa, Turkey, the Megane saloon will be sold in more than 20 countries including the UAE.