Geneva Motor Show: 2010 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet (CC)

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2010

The new Megane Coupe Cabriolet (better known as CC) has been launched, completing the renewal of the Megane family of compact cars. The new Megane CC was unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show and according to the manufacturer is set to go on sale in the spring 2010. It will then compete against the Peugeot 308 CC, Ford Focus Coupe Cabriolet and Opel/Vauxhall Astra TwinTop.

There won´t be a long wait for the car to transform from a coupe to a convertible as this process could be completed in only 21 seconds. Open-air driving is now more comfortable with the addition of a fixed-glass wind deflector located behind the rear headrests.

The new car is claimed to provide improved performances due to its new and stiffer chassis as well as the new electric power steering system. Buyers of the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet will have the choice of seven gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

If you´re hoping to get any of the Petrol engines, keep in mind that the 1.6 16V 110hp engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox; the TCe 130 (Turbo Control efficiency) drives through a six-speed manual gearbox; the 2.0 16V 140hp engine is offered with the new continuously variable transmission (CVT) for more driving comfort due to smooth, step-less gearshifts.

The Diesel engine range has Euro5-homologated powerplants: the dCi 110 DPF, mated either to the brand new six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) dual-clutch automatic transmission or to a manual six-speed gearbox; the dCi 130 DPF which drives through a six-speed manual gearbox; and the dCi 160 DPF, also with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Douai plant in France will manufacture the new Megane CC, where Renault already builds the Scenic and Grand Scenic minivans. The Megane Coupe-Cabriolet will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show where it will be showcased beside the new Renault Wind roadster set to rival cars such as the Peugeot 207 CC.

Press Release

Renault Mégane Coupe-Cabriolet

New Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet rounds off the renewal of the Renault Mégane family in style with introduction of the line-up's sixth body type. The newcomer's striking looks combine the elegance of a coupé with the promise of the thrills that go hand-in-hand with driving a cabriolet.

New Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet builds on the strengths that forged the success of its predecessor - including a large, folding glass roof and a raft of user-friendly equipment - yet it goes further still by offering customers:

unruffled open-top motoring thanks to the forward position of the windscreen and a fixed glass wind deflector situated behind the rear head restraints,
outstanding handling performance thanks to a stiffer chassis and a new electric power steering system,
a broad choice of engines, including one which can be ordered with the all-new automatic EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission.
careful attention to quality, including high-gloss black and satin-effect chrome exterior features.
Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is manufactured alongside Scénic and Grand Scénic at Renault's Douai plant in France. It consequently benefits from the experience gained since the beginning of the Mégane programme, including the assembly of the former-generation Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet.

Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is an open invitation to enjoy an alternative way to go motoring, and is an elegant illustration of Renault's new brand signature, 'Drive the Change'.

New Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet goes on sale in the spring of 2010.

ARRESTING LOOKS FROM EVERY ANGLE

Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet completes the renewal of the Mégane family in style with a car whose intrinsic appeal is sure to turn heads.

Its looks exude a distinguished elegance that is underpinned by the large glass roof which tells you that this is unmistakably a cabriolet, even in its coupé configuration. This high-gloss finish black glass roof contrasts with the satin-effect chrome windscreen frame, while the sweep of the waistline adds an unmistakably high-end feel that more than does justice to its cabriolet persona. The dark red taillights feature a linear lighting pattern and LED brake lights to provide a distinctive rear lighting signature.

The interior layout carries over the same prevailing elegance and refinement, thanks not only to the quality of the materials employed and to the high standard of finish, but also to the three choices of trim, which range from dark charcoal and light beige to the charcoal and red two-tone finish with leather seats.

Although the floating dashboard is identical to that of Renault Mégane Hatchback, the seats offer additional lateral support, while the 'butterfly wing' door trim panel is specific to Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet and adds to the newcomer's inherent elegance.

CHIC AND PRACTICAL

Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet's occupants benefit from the thrills of unruffled open-top motoring in all conditions.

The standard folding glass hard roof boasts a transparent glazed area of 0.47 sq. metres (a segment best) to ensure a brightly lit cabin and a sensation of space and freedom. It also guarantees outstanding acoustic and thermal comfort, as well as the reassurance of greater protection from vandalism. The fully-automatic, electro-hydraulic opening mechanism of the two-part roof enables the driver to lower the top in just 21 seconds at the press of a button.

With the top down, the driver and passengers alike enjoy a real sense of freedom. Entry and exit is made easier by the more forward position of the windscreen header-rail which has been advanced by 6cm compared with Renault Mégane II Coupé-Cabriolet.

To make sure that all occupants are able to benefit from the pleasure of riding al fresco without the drawbacks, Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is equipped with a fixed glass wind deflector (unique in the segment) positioned behind the back seat headrests. This arrangement enables four people to enjoy draft-free driving at speeds of up to 90kph and, when used in conjunction with the removable mesh deflector screen located behind the front seats, allows two occupants to travel free from buffeting whatever the speed.

New Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet's length of 4,485mm ensures that the driver and the three passengers benefit from a standard of comfort expected of a family car.

The driver is treated to a carefully thought-through environment and conveniently positioned controls which carry over solutions previously employed for Renault Mégane Hatchback and Mégane Coupé:

controls clustered either around the steering wheel or on the centre console,
height- and fore/aft-adjustable driver's seat (through 70mm and 240mm respectively),
position memory for front seats, after being tipped forward,
reach and height-adjustable steering wheel (through 45mm and five degrees respectively).
In addition to Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet's carefully-honed lines, special attention has gone into ensuring that it is a practical package, too, and that includes the boot:

automatic closing for simple, secure locking,
large capacity (417 litres with the roof up, and 211 litres with the roof down),
easy to access, with a segment-best sill height (590mm from the ground) and aperture (258mm) with the roof down, enabling three cabin cases to be carried side by side.
A RAFT OF PRACTICAL, USER-FRIENDLY HIGH-TECH FEATURES

Like all the models that make up the Mégane family, Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is available with a long list of high-tech features, most of which are more readily associated with the next segment up:

hands-free starting, and hands-free locking as the card-holder walks away from the car,
electric parking brake,
automatic dual-zone three-mode (soft-auto-fast) climate control,
directional bi-Xenon headlamps,
combined digital/analogue instrument display,
new, colour-coded cruise control/speed limiter interface,
3D sound by Arkamys® audio with Plug&Music connectivity (USB, mini-jack plug),
Carminat TomTom® navigation, the market's most competitively priced built-in sat-nav system,
customized settings and activation/deactivation of certain functions (daytime running lights, volume of audible parking proximity warning).
A PERFECTLY SMOOTH RIDE

New Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet delivers the same high standard of driving precision as Mégane Hatchback and Mégane Coupé to provide an enjoyable, responsive ride:

The MacPherson-type front suspension is attached to a so-called 'horned' subframe, an arrangement that ensures a level of lateral rigidity that is three-times superior to that of the former-generation Megan Coupé-Cabriolet.
The rear suspension's torsion beam features a lighter, closed-profile beam that delivers enhanced torsional stiffness.
The new electric power steering system is more responsive and refined, and gives even more accurate feedback of information from the road.
The torsional rigidity of the bodyshell has been uprated by 80 per cent compared with Renault Mégane II Coupé-Cabriolet in order to match the increased stiffness of the suspension and for even greater handling precision, whether the roof is up or down.

New Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is available with a choice of seven efficient and eco-friendly petrol and diesel powertrain configurations.

Petrol engines:

The 1.6 16V 110hp engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The TCe 130 (Turbo Control efficiency) driving through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The 2.0 16V 140hp engine available with the new continuously variable transmission (CVT) for even greater driving comfort thanks to smooth, step-less gearshifts.
The diesel engine range comprises the following Euro5-homologated powerplants:

The dCi 110 DPF, mated either to the brand new six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) dualclutch automatic transmission or to a manual six-speed gearbox.
The dCi 130 DPF which drives through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The dCi 160 DPF also with a six-speed manual gearbox.
EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) dual-clutch automatic transmission

The six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) dual-clutch automatic transmission fits perfectly with Renault's bid to combine ride comfort, driving pleasure and respect for the environment. Based on DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) technology, it stands out as a genuine clean-break solution compared with conventional automatic transmissions thanks to:

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption comparable to those of a vehicle equipped with a manual gearbox,
fast, smooth, automatic gearshifts,
instant response to the driver's demands.
THE PLEASURE OF OPEN-TOP MOTORING IN TOTAL SAFETY

When it comes to safety, new Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet reaps the benefits of the brand's extensive expertise in this field. Like all the models that make up the Mégane range, it has been engineered to boast exemplary passive and active safety performance.

An extensive range of equipment is available to help drivers anticipate risk situations:

front seatbelt warning lights,
tyre pressure monitoring system,
directional bi-Xenon headlamps with cornering dipped beams,
automatic headlamp activation,
automatic windscreen wiper activation,
cruise control with speed limiter.
New Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet comes with a comprehensive range of driving aids, too:

ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution,
Emergency brake assist,
ESC with understeer control.
New Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet's chief passive safety features are:

programmed structural deformation designed to protect the cabin - and therefore occupants - in the case of a rollover, thanks to reinforcement of the windscreen pillars, body sides, sills and floor,
automatic pyrotechnic deployment of the rollover hoops should dedicated sensors detect that a rollover is imminent,
seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters,
adaptive frontal airbags,
dual-volume head/thorax/pelvis lateral airbags,
anti-submarining airbags incorporated in the front seat cushions,
side impact sensors,
anti-whiplash head restraints,
Isofix child seat anchorage for rear seats.

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