Renault has recently announced that the Megane CC Floride is now on sale in Europe. This model was recently introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show last March. The coupe-cabriolet didn’t become as popular as was initially expected but it has upped its appeal as it has been fitted with numerous exciting features to its interior as well as exterior.
At the Swiss auto show, Renault revealed that the Floride will have a limited production run of only 1,200 units, of which 450 units are intended for the domestic market.
If you’re willing to part with €31,500, you could get a Floride that gets a set of ivory diamond 17-inch alloy wheels as standard.
The body is offered with a single pearl ivory beige, which seeks to bring out the finishes selected for the interior. The ivory paint on the wheels is inspired by the white-wall tires that were used on the original cars in the '50s.
The Megane CC Floride has also been fitted with dual-zone automatic climate control, audio system, Bluetooth, USB port and the TomTom Navigator 2.0 Live integrated in the dashboard.
So that the vehicle will stand out, the interior had been finished in a classic cabriolet color – the “flamboyant shade of red.” It has also been given several “ivory flourishes” that make it appear elegant and distinctive in keeping with its predecessor.
With the Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet from Renault, it is clear that it has helped complete the Mégane family’s rebirth as a model whose fundamental appeal can clearly catch everyone’s attention. Measuring 4,485 mm long, Renault’s new offering makes sure that the driver and all the passengers get to experience the comfort that one would require from a family car. The exterior has a look that displays that unique grace.
Highlighting this fact is the large glass roof which makes it clear that despite having a structure similar to a coupe, it is without question a cabriolet. The frame of the windscreen is in chrome and has a satin effect which contrasts with the black glass roof and its high-gloss finish.
Meanwhile, the way the waistline curves puts in that high-end feel which validates its identity as a cabriolet. The rear lighting has its own unique signature and this is due to the LED in the brake lights combined with the taillights in dark red which has its very own linear lighting pattern.
As mentioned, the glass roof is one of the highlights of the exterior. In addition, the driver and the passengers are able to feel the excitement provided by the cool open-top driving, no matter what the conditions may be. This folding glass hard roof has a see-through glassy area with an area of about 0.47 square meters, making it the best in the segment. This not only helps light up the cabin but even offers a feeling of openness and space.
This same roof ensures that the interior delivers the needed thermal comfort as well as exceptional acoustics. It can even help in protecting the vehicle against vandals. This two-part roof can be lowered, in merely 21 seconds, by simply pressing a button which triggers the electro-hydraulic fully automatic opening mechanism. It is when this roof is down that all the occupants will truly feel what it means to have that sense of freedom.
With the windscreen header-rail become placed in a more forward position, it allows entry and exit to the vehicle that much easier. In terms of actual figures, it is more forward by 6 cm when compared with the Mégane II Coupé-Cabriolet. While travelling with the top down comes with some issues, this is eliminated in the Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet as it has been outfitted with the fixed glass wind deflector placed at the back of the headrests in the rear seats.
In fact this particular feature is considered as distinct for its class. Because of this particular attribute, the driver and even the three passengers are able to experience a ride that is draft-free even when this cabriolet is running at speeds reaching as high as 90 kph. When utilized in combination with the mesh deflector screen, two of the occupants at the back can travel without suffering from any battering no matter what the speed is.
While this deflector screen is placed at the back of the seats in the front, it can, in fact, be removed anytime. All of the sophistication and class seen in the exterior can in fact be observed in the interior as well. This is due to the use of high quality materials and even the high level of finish.
There are various trims for the interior, namely: charcoal, dark charcoal, and light beige. Meanwhile the leather seats have that two-tone red finish and provide that extra horizontal support. Much like the Mégane Hatchback, it also has the floating dashboard. Exclusive to the Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is the door trim panel with the butterfly wing that enhances the already innate refinement.