Renault has lifted the lid off its second new convertible destined to star at next month’s 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Less than a week after previewing its compact Wind Coupe-Roadster, the French automaker has revealed its new Megane Coupe-Cabriolet and in the process rounded off the complete revitalization of the Megane family with the introduction of the model line’s sixth body type.
The latest Megane Coupe-Cabriolet builds on the strengths of its predecessor--including a large, folding glass roof and a raft of user-friendly equipment--but goes a step further thanks to the introduction of a fixed glass wind deflector to reduce turbulence in the cabin, a stiffer chassis and a new electric power steering system.
The vehicle’s fully-automatic, electro-hydraulic opening mechanism of the two-part roof enables the driver to lower the top in just 21 seconds at the press of a button. Storage in the trunk is respectable at 14.7 cubic feet but shrinks to just 7.5 cubic-feet with the top down.
Power comes from a range of compact gasoline and diesel engines, with output ranging from 110 horsepower up to 146 horsepower. All models come with front-wheel drive and are available with a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Convenience features include hands-free starting via a personal card, an automatic park brake, bi-xenon headlamps, an Arkamys premium audio system and satellite navigation.
First sales will start in Europe this spring.