When Renault unveiled the Megane Coupe Concept at the Geneva Motor Show, they announced a compact production version based on the concept will be released at a later date. This will be the Renault Mega ne Coupe, the successor of the 1996 model. The same design cues will also be applied for the entire Megane line-up: three and five-door hatchback, sedan, a Sport Touring estate and a new C-C folding hard-top.
The third generation Megane will be unveiled this autumn at the Paris Motor Show and sales will begin in 2009. The new Megane will compete with the Peugeot 308, Fiat Bravo and Volkswagen Golf VI.
The next generation Megane will be inspired by both Renault Megane Coupe and the newly launched Laguna. The hatchback will feature a distinctive swooping roofline that will include panoramic glass on range-topping models. At the rear, a conventionally shaped hatch will replace the controversial rump of the existing car.
The thirst generation Megane will be built on a new platform built in Cooperation with Nissan. The Coupe version will add a new sporty suspension in order to offer a fun driving experience.
gallery: Renault Megane Coupe
It is expected that Renault to keep the same engine line-up, meaning a range of petrol engines from 1.6 liters up to a 2.0-liter 225bhp turbo in the hot Renault-sport version. The entry-level 1.4-litre normally aspirated unit will be replaced by the 98bhp 1.2-litre TCE turbo from the Clio. Diesel fans will get the familiar 1.5-litre and 1.9-litre dCi powerplants.
The Coupe version will be powered by a by2.0 Turbo petrol engine which delivers torque of 280Nm at 2,600rpm and peak power of 200hp at 5,800rpm.
All the engine will be mated by a six-speed manual gearbox.