Renault’s recent unveiling of the Megane lineup at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show was a welcome surprise, not only for its customers, but for the Mega ne itself. If that car could talk, it probably let out a huge shriek the moment Renault decided to give it that much-needed facelift.
Now, it’s the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet’s turn and like the top-range RS 265 we saw at Frankfurt, the Megane CC comes with an all new face that made use of the company’s new design philosophy and in doing so, threw away the bland, happy-to-be-there look of its predecessor.
It’s a lot more dynamic and nicer to look at, even though it still doesn’t blow you away. Then again, Renault will take its spoils, one small increment at a time. And it’s not like the coupe-cabriolet market is rife with competition these days. The Volkswagen Eos , a key competitor, is on its way out and the Mazda MX-5 Miata , despite its popularity, has been around longer than a lot of the Bieb’s Beliebers have been alive.
So it’s a good time for Renault to give the Megane CC a facelift. Hopefully for the French brand, it translates to more sales, too.
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There are times when a change just has to happen. Even the subtlest ones, when done properly, will completely change the perception of a specific model. That’s what we think of the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet.
The 2010 to 2013 models of Renault’s sports roadster had their merits, but one that didn’t translate well as the years went by was its looks. So with a new design philosophy in its stable, The French brand decided that it was high time to use it on the Megans. And to that we say: "high five!"
The 2014 Megane Coupe-Cabriolet looks better. A lot better.
The front fascia is now more dynamic than it ever has been, a testament to the company’s evolution and the senses to adapt it to the Megane. The larger Renault logo is a welcome change from the miniscule one in the previous models. The way the grilles also extend into the headlights convey a more symmetrical appearance to the Megane CC’s face. The front splitters are also now bigger with Renault smartly using the newfound space to install fog lamps, and a horizontal bar to complement the changes done on the grille lights.
Moving out of the front end, it’s nice to know that Renault will continue to equip the Megane CC with a panoramic glass roof as an added option, although standardizing it, together with the removable mesh deflector screen would have been a lot better.
The Megane CC still looks a little chunky, but we doubt that will be an issue for other customers given that rather subjectiveness of the word. It was the front end that needed all the help it could and Renault addressed it properly.
In the end, that’s all you could ask for.
The interior of the 2014 Megane CC was kept unchanged so much so that the shapes of the A/C vents are almost identical with the 2010 model. But we’d be nitpicking if we call Renault’s attention to that. In the bigger scheme of things, the lack of changes is actually a plus because the cabin from previous models already looks clean and less cluttered than what you’ll find in other models. Every component is placed where they should be and within reach of both the driver and the front passenger.
The biggest upgrade to the cabin is the addition of the R-Link multimedia system which encompasses a 7-inch display controllable via a joystick mounted on the center console. It should keep the Megane CC up to the times as far as technological gizmos and user-functionality is concerned.
The last important thing about the Megane CC is the rear space, which quite frankly isn’t a lot. When the roof is down, there’s a 211 liters of boot space available and, with the roof up, the space becomes 417 liters. Nevertheless, there’s not enough space for full-sized adults to sit in the back and say that they’re comfortable doing so.
The 2014 Megane CC gets the benefit of receiving a whole bunch of Renault engines, allowing customers their choice of power that suits their needs. The 1.4 is the base, coughing up a pedestrian 99 horsepower. Then there’s the 2.0DCi that nets 158 horsepower, followed by the 2.0 turbo engine that cranks out 165 horsepower.
If you’re looking for the most ideal one in our book, opt for the DCi powertrain and its 158 ponies. It gets you decent enough speed off the block (0 to 62 mph in 8.7 seconds), has an impressive 130 mph top speed that you can enjoy with the top down, and returns reasonable fuel efficiency. Don’t be swayed by the extra horses on the turbo engine; you’re better off with the DCi because it packs a little more bang for your buck.
Like every car with a folded roof, you’re going to feel the added weight when you’re putting your foot to the pedal or when you’re turning into fast bends. That’s a curse that every car with this configuration must deal with and Renault did as much as it could to address it. The car also changes direction a little too slow to our liking, but when it’s running on blast, it’s a real treat to drive.
Renault hasn’t released pricing for the 2014 Megane CC, although we imagine it to be in the same range as its predecessors, maybe tack in another thousand or two. So if you see the new Mega ne CC priced from £25,000 to £26,000 ($41,000 to $42,600), don’t be too shocked. That’s probably what you’re going to have to pay for one.
Audi’s introduction of the new A3 Convertible spelled another example of how the German company is expanding its horizons. Compared to the previous A3 Convertible, the new model is a lot longer with the length growing from 166.8 inches to 174 inches, all while shedding 110 pounds, something that can be attributed to Audi switching over to lightweight materials and the new building technologies.
The new A3 Cabriolet is powered by two gasoline engines, including a 1.4-liter TFSI engine that delivers 140 horsepower and a 1.8-liter TFSI that puts down 180 horsepower. The diesel lineup include a 2.0-liter TDI with an output of 150 horsepower.
Gallery Audi A3 Cabriolet
The Volkswagen Golf Convertible will be the latest variant that the German automaker will develop for the new generation Golf. Not a lot changes are expected, although you can be sure that the soft-top roof will be retained, as will the plethora of engine options that are set to be available for the Golf Converitble.
This means customers will have the possibility to choose between four engines: two petrol - an 85-horsepower 1.2-liter TSI and a 140-horsepower 1.4-liter TSI - and two diesel - a 105-horsepower 1.6-liter unit and a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter unit.
Expect the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf Cabrio to be launched sometime in 2014.
Gallery Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio
The 2014 Megane CC is the result of Renault deciding that the sports cabriolet needed to get up to the times, and it did so by completely upgrading the front fascia. The performance numbers remain the same, as does the interior, so it’s all about making sure that first impressions about the car changes.
And for the most part, the company did a pretty good job at it.
- Much improved front fascia
- Versatile choice of engines
- R-Link system is a step up in tech-ability
- No interior upgrades?
- A bit pricey
- Doesn’t handle as well as one may hope
Gallery Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet
Renault’s renewal of its range continues with the introduction of New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet. The latest version of the model features the brand’s new styling identity and can now be specified with the Renault R-Link connected multimedia system.
- New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet’s front end styling embodies Renault’s acclaimed new design philosophy.
- The model is now available with Renault R-Link, a connected in-dash multimedia system.
- With the top down, New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet ensures a unique al fresco motoring experience.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet will initially go on sale in Belgium, in January, at the same time as the 2014 Brussels Motor Show. It will then be available from March in more than 15 other markets (France, Germany, Australia, etc.).
After Mégane Hatchback, Mégane Coupé and Mégane Estate, it is now the turn of Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet to feature Renault’s new family traits. Its dynamic, elegant stance has been further enhanced by a new bumper which incorporates a bigger Renault logo set to a gloss black background.
Meanwhile, just as it is for the majority of the Renault line-up, the connected Renault R-Link multimedia system is now available for Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet, either as an option or as standard equipment in the case of certain versions. This fully-connected system comes with a smart, chrome-trimmed seven-inch (18cm) display which functions in association with a centre console-mounted joystick.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet continues to be equipped with the coupé segment’s biggest panoramic glass roof. With the top down, the vehicle ensures an inimitable open-air experience without thedrawbacks. Its standard fixed glass wind deflector, which is unique in the segment, minimises turbulence to provide maximum comfort for four passengers when travelling at speeds of up to 90kph. New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet can also be ordered with an optional removable mesh deflector screen that allows two occupants traveling alone to benefit from extra protection against buffeting at all speeds.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is made at Renault’s Douai plant in France, alongside Renault Scénic, Grand Scénic and Scénic Xmod.