2016 Renault Megane receives 5-star rating from Euro NCAP for its safety features

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 9, 2015

Safety is a top priority for Renault's new Mégane small family car. That is why it was given a five-star rating from Euro NCAP. After all, it is underpinned by Renault's Common Module Family (CMF) platform that also underpins the Kadjar crossover.

This CMF platform employs high elastic limit steel for the spars and side rails as well as cross members located between the engine compartment and the cabin. To illustrate the strength of this limit steel, just a square millimeter could bear a load of 120 kg.

Moreover, this platform allows the integration of operative occupant restraint systems like dual-generator front airbags. These airbags – which deploy according to the type of impact as well as according to the position of the vehicle occupant – have allowed the new Mégane to receive high scores in terms of both adult and child protection.

During side impacts, front occupants are protected by two latest-generation two curtain airbags and two side airbags. It also boasts of seat belts with pretensioners and adaptive load limiters, which adjust the degree of restraint according to the severity of the impact and the build of occupants.

Aside from these safety elements, the Mégane features an array of driver assistance systems already equipped on larger Renault vehicles. One of these is the Adaptive Cruise Control, which automatically adjusts the Mégane's speed to ensure that there is a safe distance between the car and the vehicle at the front.

Another reassuring system is the Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS), which gives a warning to prompt the driver to brake to avoid a head-on collision. This system also applies brakes automatically in emergency situations.

The Mégane also features a number of warning systems like Lane Departure Warning, Safe Distance Warning and Overspeed Protection with Traffic Sign Recognition, as well as Blind Spot Warning. Lane Departure Warning informs drivers that the Mégane is departing from its lane without turning on the indicators while the Safe Distance Warning system ensures that drivers maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

On the other hand, Blind Spot Warning provides a visual warning when it detects a vehicle in one of the door mirror’s blind spots. Overspeed Protection with Traffic Sign Recognition, meanwhile, is able to read traffic signs, thereby accordingly adjusting the cruise control’s speed setting.

Driving is made a lot easier with the Mégane as it features a number of driving aids like Hands Free Parking with front, rear and lateral parking sensors as well as a reversing camera. This small car automatically switches from dipped to main beam head lights and vice-versa sans driver intervention.

Mégane comes with a color head-up display in the line of sight, thereby providing information on majority of the driver assistance systems as well as its speed and navigation instructions. Aside from the Mégane, Euro NCAP also awarded the Renault Talisman with a five-star rating.

The CMF-underpinned Kadjar and Espace were also given five-star ratings by Euro NCAP earlier this year. Renault boasts of the anti-submarining technology employed for its vehicles. This technology, which was first launched 15 years ago, prevents occupants from sliding beneath their seat belt during a head-on impact.

This technology has been made better with the use of specific crash test dummies equipped with more flexible groins – thereby allowing Renault to obtain simulations that almost match real-world situations. Renault's anti-submarining technology involves extensive work on seat ergonomics and on the positioning of the seat belt anchor points. The benefits of this technology have prompted

Euro NCAP to employ it as one of the criteria for its protocol starting January 2015.

Press Release

FIVE-STAR EURO NCAP RATING FOR THE NEW RENAULT MEGANE

The new Renault Mégane has been awarded a five-star passive safety rating after testing by the independent body Euro NCAP
The rating for the new Mégane takes the number of Renault models to have secured the maximum five-star rating in 2015 to four
The new Renault Mégane features upgraded safety thanks to a suite of driver assistance systems which reassure and warn drivers for ease of driving
Benefits of the Common Module Family platform

When it comes to safety, the new Mégane shares the benefits of the same Common Module Family (CMF) platform as the Kadjar crossover. Features of this new platform include the use of very high elastic limit steel for the spars, side rails and cross members (notably those situated between the engine compartment and the cabin). A square millimetre of this type of steel can withstand a load of 120kg.

The CMF platform also incorporates effective occupant restraint systems, including dual-generator front airbags, the deployment of which adapts as a function of the type of impact and position of the occupant. This feature enabled the new Mégane to obtain high scores for both adult and child protection. Meanwhile, the seat belts are equipped with pretensioners and adaptive load limiters which adjust the degree of restraint to the severity of the impact and the occupants’ build. In side impacts, front occupants are doubly protected by two latest-generation side airbags and two curtain airbags.

A suite of driver aids

Thanks to the CMF platform, the new Mégane also benefits from the many driver assistance systems already featured on Renault vehicles from the segment above, such as the Espace. These aids are designed to reassure or warn drivers, or for ease of driving.

For reassurance:

Adaptive Cruise Control automatically adjusts the car’s speed to maintain a safe distance to the vehicle ahead
AEBS (Active Emergency Braking System) warns the driver to brake in order to avoid a head-on collision. The brakes are applied automatically in emergency situations
To warn drivers:

Lane Departure Warning system warns drivers they are leaving their lane without indicating
The Safe Distance Warning system helps the driver to maintain a safe distance to the vehicle ahead
Overspeed Protection with Traffic Sign Recognition reads traffic signs in order to adjust the cruise control’s speed setting
A Blind Spot Warning provides the driver with a visual warning when a vehicle is detected in one of the door mirror’s blind spots
For ease of driving:

Switching from dipped to main beam head lights and vice-versa is automatic, requiring no driver intervention
Driver aids also include Hands Free Parking (front, rear and lateral parking sensors) and a reversing camera, subject to specification
A colour head-up display in the line of sight provides information about the majority of the driver assistance systems, the vehicle’s speed and navigation instructions
The Renault Talisman was also given a five-star rating at the same time as new Mégane, taking the number of Renault models to achieve the five-star rating in 2015 to four. The Kadjar and Espace, also benefiting from the CMF platform, were also awarded the rating by Euro NCAP earlier this year.

Anti-submarining: a Renault innovation dating back 15 years

For 15 years, Renault has innovated to prevent occupants from sliding beneath their seat belt in a head-on impact thanks to anti-submarining technology. To develop this technology, Renault uses specific crash test dummies equipped with more flexible groins to obtain simulations that are as close as possible to real-world situations. This technology calls for extensive work on seat ergonomics and on the positioning of the seat belt anchor points. In January 2015, the Euro NCAP protocol – which is made more severe every year – listed anti-submarining protection as a criteria for the first time.

 

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