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Thursday, 2 October 2008

Renault Mégane Coupé makes its first appearance in Paris

Renault had already shown pictures and information on Mégane III five-door, but the only images we had seen of the three-door version, called Coupé, were the ones taken by spy photographers. In Paris, Renault has decided to show the new version and it has caused a great impression.

Although pictures have emerged, we can't say all the necessary info has been disclosed (a good table containing all technical specs would be more than welcome). But we know the Coupé and the five-door hatchback share their sizes and wheelbases, respectively at 4.30 m and 2.64 m. There must be a difference on height, due to the sportier profile of the three-door version, but one difference is for sure: while the five-door has a luggage compartment of 405 l, the Coupé can carry a little less, but a lot for such a vehicle, with 377 l.

The engine offer is, once again, focused on diesel. There will be seven diesel engines for Mégane: dCi 85, dCi 105, dCi 90, dCi 110, dCi 130 and, in the near future, dCi 160 BVM (manual transmission) and dCi 150 BVA (automatic gearbox). On what relates to petrol, there will be a 1.6-litre 16V and a 2-litre 16V which can also be flexible (use petrol or E85), TCe 180 and TCe 130 (both turbocharged). All of them offer very low CO2 emissions.

For the disappointment of emerging markets, the new Mégane family has been created with a focus on European clients, according to Renault. Let's hope other markets with tastes similar to those of European customers also have the chance to drive these cars. The sooner, the better.

Source: Renault

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