The introduction of the fourth generation Mégane at the upcoming 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show marks the completion of the full model line-up redesign, and arrives 20 years after the launch of the first Mégane, which has been sold over 6.5 million units worldwide.
Compared to the outgoing model, the New Mégane has a longer wheelbase (+28mm) balanced by significantly shorter overhangs. This, combined with the wider tracks and the broad, sculpted shoulders shoulders, gives the car a much stronger road presence and stance.
The New Mégane adopts the brand’s design DNA with muscular yet smooth surfaces and a front face incorporating the brand’s current design identity with the large, vertical logo.
The front end also showcases a specific lighting signature with C-shaped headlamps whose surround continues into the bumper – a styling cue already seen on the Talisman.
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.
The flanks are sculpted and feature a treatment similar to the new Clio, even if less extreme.
“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.
“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 emphasize the top of the belt line and enhance the grille, the side badges and door handles. The slim creases on the hood, combined with the chrome beading and side air scoops, strengthen the character of the front face.
The new Mégane GT
The new Mégane range will include a GT version, which will be available from launch, and whose design is inspired by the genes of Renault Sport.
The New Mégane GT is characterized by a sportier front bumper integrating a broader air intake and a grille with a honeycomb pattern.
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.
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.