Renault has added upscale features to its new Megane to make the hatchback a better challenger in Europe’s hard-fought compact segment.
The Megane will offer technology such as four-wheel steering, as well as a color head-up display, 7-inch color instrument display and connectivity via either a 7-inch landscape or 8.7-inch portrait tablet, all of which are segment firsts, according to the automaker. These features are also available on the larger and more expensive new Talisman midsize sedan and Espace large minivan.
Renault, however, says it can offer a higher level of equipment in the compact class because the new Common Module Family of platforms developed by Renault and partner Nissan allows previously expensive advanced technologies to be added across model ranges more affordably through increased parts sharing. The technology, along with a dynamic design, will help the Megane to keep its leading share in the compact segment despite the increasing popularity of similar-sized SUVs and crossovers, said Andre Abboud, the automaker’s compact segment program director
“The market for compact cars remains huge,” he said. “Our customers are requesting more and more features in compact cars.” The Megane’s cabin has been upgraded with high-quality, soft-touch materials.
The hatchback is longer and lower to the ground with a shorter rear overhang -- giving it an appearance of greater sportiness and stability. It also has a longer wheelbase that has improved interior space.