New Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet arrives

Joining the Megane Hatch, Coupe and Sports Tourer, the Coupe-Cabriolet version of Europe’s third best-selling car has been given a complete overhaul.

The most noticeable feature is the panoramic black-tinted glass roof. With an area of nearly one square metre it is the largest folding glass roof in the segment and with a large rear window, the interior of the Coupe-Cabriolet is bright and airy.

The two-part electric roof lowers in 21 seconds and a fixed glass deflector reduces noise and turbulence at speeds up to 56mph. An optional mesh deflector can be clipped on when only two people are in the car.

Renault has made the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet longer than the outgoing model by 13cm to 4.485 metres and the wheelbase is extended by 0.87cm to 2.609 metres.

Featuring the Renault signature bonnet, the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet also features the Coupe version’s sport bumper and an all-new boot lid and rear light clusters.

Renault is offering six engines from launch comprising three petrol and three diesel units. The entry-level dCi 110 diesel boasts the Renault eco2 signature thanks to fuel economy of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 130g/km.

Moving up the range, the 1.9-litre dCi 130 and 2.0-litre dCi complete the diesel options. Petrol engines include a 1.4 TCe 230 and 2.0 TCe 180. The range-topping petrol engine, the 2.0-litre 16V turbocharged unit, includes Renault’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for the first time on a Megane model.

A high-performance GT model is expected to be released later this year, boasting GT badges, a redesigned exterior and new powertrains.

The French-built Megane Coupe-Cabriolet is the latest model produced under the ‘Drive the Change’ signature, and follows new versions of the Megane Hatch, Sport Tourer and Coupe released over the last year and a half.

First launched in 1997, the Coupe-Cabriolet is responsible for four per cent of Megane sales, and a tenth of all cabriolet cars in Western Europe. The car is produced at the Douai plant in northern France alongside the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic.