bodywork was missing in the Mégane model line. A break.
We have already mentioned in August that Mégane family is
expecting another member. We have published just recently still secret design of new Mégane
models. We would like to introduce today a model, which production is going to start at
the beginning of March in Bursa, Turkey. Renault had not have any model in this part of
the market until now, although the other parts were covered very well by other models like
Kangoo, Scénic, Laguna Nevada and Espace. Mégane is an European best-seller in the lower
middle class at the moment thanks to six types of the bodywork: hatchback, sedan, coupé,
cabrio, MPV. The seventh type - a break - is coming soon.
A new model, named Estate, was developed within 22 months
for 245,000,000 FRF. New Mégane Estate was already born with a new look, which is going
to be applied on also other Mégane models. Estate differs for the first sight from the
other cars by the front part of a car. Characteristic aggressive front is now of a new,
more "modest" shape. The body is new, with integrated aperture for air inlet to
the engine. It will have - alike bigger Laguna - free form type headlamps, which allow use
of the light provided by traditional halogen lightbulbs. From RXE model double headlamps
with separated dimmed light and main beam will be in use. The front bumper is going to be
changed at the same way as on Laguna. A bumper in the body color will equip all versions.
Round free form fog headlamps will be a standard equipment of some versions, on order only
of other ones.
New Mégane will be produced with 5 different engines - three petrol ones
and two types of diesel.
1,4 16V engine is brand new in Renault. It is derived from
a well known 1,6 16V engine, which was introduced in Laguna model in April 1998. The
torque comes at 3750 rpm. CO2 emissions and the consumption should be - according to
Renault - the lowest in its class.
Mégane Estate will use, with its 4,41 m length, the longest family chassis group. The
most important part of every break is its luggage department. While rear seats fold, there
is 1,68 m of a load space, where you can place up to 1,6 m3 of load.
(Text by Viktor Kazda, photo archive and PASCAL)