Besides the news regarding the new C-segment SUV from Renault, we also found out something about the upcoming next-generation Megane a.k.a. Megane IV. During the same factory visit in Palencia, Spain, 4WheelsNews learned that the next-generation Renault Megane will arrive in the second half of 2015, which means we should see a concept car that previews the new model in October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show or possibly next year at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Palencia site produces a Renault Megane every 57 seconds and 87% of the cars build there are exported to other markets. The new Megane IV will also be built at the same factory as the current generation, by the 1,779 persons working there as well as by the 952 robots. For those who don’t know, back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault launched the 2014 Megane Facelift.
This model comes with a new design identity consisting of a front bumper, vent grilles as well as a new hood that features the enlarged Renault logo set against a gloss black background.
Furthermore, the Megane Facelift shows new headlights and new daytime running LEDs. Inside, the 2014 Renault Megane Facelift gets minor tweaks and the R-Link infotainment system. Under the hood, there is a new 1.2-liter TCe engine that delivers 130 hp, which can be mated to the EDC dual-clutch gearbox. The 2014 Renault Megane starts at €20,300.
Thanks to its well-balanced proportions, the new Megane boasts of a dynamic stance. Compared to its predecessor, the new Megane is longer (by 64 mm to 4,359 mm) and lower (by 25 mm to 1,447 mm), with a wheelbase that has been expanded by 28 mm to 2,669 mm. Likewise, its tracks are now wider (by 47 mm to 1,591 mm on the front and by 39mm to 1,586 mm on the rear). In addition, Renault has made the rear overhang of Megane shorter than the previous model. The new Megane could ride on wheels size up to 18 inches.
The front end of the new Megane reveals that this new car is really a Renault, as evident on the large, upright diamond logo and broad grille. This look is highlighted by LED daytime running lamps the give the Megane a characteristic C-shaped lighting signature that extends down to the bumper. Higher-end units of the Megane make use of full-LED lighting modules (Pure Vision LED technology) for both its dipped and main beams.
Further defining the overall dynamic looks of the new Renault Megane are its strongly sculpted shoulders as well as taut and precise lines along the lower section of the body and bonnet. Meanwhile, the new Megane impresses with its high quality thanks to chrome trim at the front as well as around the side windows, door handles and badges.
Interestingly, the new Megane comes with a number of essential aerodynamic aids that help increase its efficiency, thereby helping it consume less fuel and emit less harmful pollutants. These aerodynamic aids include the air scoops at the front, deflectors at the rear as well as motorized flaps that could automatically close to reduce drag.
On the rear, the new Megane comes with all-LED tail lights with horizontal signature that help underscore the width of the vehicle. The new Edge Light technology allows these rear lights to offer a slender three-dimensional brush stroke effect to emit a purple-hued red light.