A fresh report and rendering by L’argus auto details how the Renault Megane 4 could be like. The rendering appears to be inspired with the brand’s latest design language used on the Kadjar and the Espace.
First introduced in 1995, the Megane currently is in its third-generation which was introduced in 2008. While the sedan bodystyle was axed with the introduction of the third-generation model, the report says that next-generation model will be offered in as a sedan again.
As per the report, the new-generation Megane have its world premiere at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt and will be launched in January 2016. The new-generation model will be based on an iteration of the Renault Nissan Alliance’s CMF (Common Module Family) platform – CMF-C, says the report. This platform will reduce the development cost by up to 30% and make the next-generation model shed around 100 kg. According to the report, four-wheel drive will also be offered on the sporty versions.
The compact coupe cabriolet segment is slowing down and even big companies like Volkswagen are axing cabriolets. So, the next-generation Megane may not be offered as a coupe cabriolet. The report also says that, in 2018, a plug-in hybrid model of the Megane 4 will be launched to rival the Volkswagen Golf GTE and that this model will incorporate plug-in hybrid technology similar to that of the Eolab concept car which was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The Eolab concept car’s powertrain comprises a 75-hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine and a 67-hp electric motor. A 6.7 kWh battery pack powers the electric motor and provides an electric-only driving range of 60 km.
Source: L’argus auto