The Mégane is Renault's challenger to the likes of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. With this version, the Mégane enters its fourth generation, replacing the outgoing model that's been around since 2008. Though full technical details have not been announced, the new model adopts a larger footprint with a wider track and longer wheelbase, but shorter overhangs.
The sportier silhouette also bears the hallmarks of the French automaker's latest design language, with stylized C-shaped head- and taillamps, similar to those seen on the larger Talisman sedan. Several body-styles and variants are sure to follow, but for now Renault is showing us only the five-door hatch in standard and GT spec. The latter emerges as a midpoint between the base model and the performance-oriented Renaultsport versions. For now you can scope out the images in the gallery above, the teaser video below, and the press release at bottom.
New Renault Mégane, a dynamic, distinctive design...
* 20 years after the launch of Renault Mégane, which has been sold over 6.5 million units worldwide, Renault is updating its core range and has revealed New Mégane, the fourth car with that name.
* In a highly competitive segment, New Mégane stands out with its dynamic styling and distinctive lighting signature both at the front and at the rear.
* The latest Mégane range is topped by a GT version, which will be available from launch, and whose design is inspired by the genes of Renault Sport.
A distinctive, dynamic, meticulous design
With its distinctive lighting signature and balanced proportions, New Mégane is first and foremost a Renault. It adopts the brand's design DNA with broad, sculpted shoulders and a front face incorporating the brand's new design identity, including a large, vertical logo. As a relative of Renault Talisman, New Mégane boasts a specific lighting signature at the front with, C-shaped headlamps whose surround continues into the bumper. At the rear, the new lighting signature, visible by both day and night, goes right across the car to increase the perceived width of the vehicle. "On the highly competitive market of compact saloons, it was vital that New Mégane should stand out right from the first glance", says exterior designer Franck Le Gall.
At 25mm lower in front with track 47mm wider in front and 39mm wider at the rear compared to Mégane 3, New Mégane sits squarely on the road. Its proportions are those of a sporty silhouette with a wheelbase 28mm longer and a shorter overhang. Franck goes on: "The precise, taut lines, which draw the whole design towards the front, are part of the side surfaces. In combination with the sculpted shoulders, these lines give New Mégane dynamism and character."
Chromed elements emphasise the top of the belt line and enhance the grille, the side badges and door handles. The slim creases on the bonnet, combined with the chrome beading and side air scoops, strengthen the character of the front face.
An exclusive GT version, available from launch
New Mégane GT has a front bumper redesigned to express a more sporty personality. It incorporates a broader air intake and the new grill has a honeycomb design.
At the rear, the design of New Mégane GT is underscored by two chromed tailpipes that echo the air scoops further to the front and frame a spoiler inspired by the world of F1. New Mégane GT has a "Renault Sport" badge at the rear, on the wings and in front.
This sports version will be available with new "Iron Blue" paintwork, combined with "Dark Metal" touches at the front and on the body-coloured door mirrors to emphasise its affinity with the world of GT motoring.
New Mégane GT also has 18-inch aluminium wheels developed especially for the model by Renault Sport.
In Frankfurt, New Mégane will be fully revealed...
Don't miss the Frankfurt Motor Show to find out all about New Mégane, its interior design, the technologies that have been taken from the segment above, as well as the range of engines available.