In 1995, the compact Renault Mégane rolled up on the scene, taking over for Renault 19, although its style and design made it more reminiscent of Renault Laguna (1993). The philosophy underpinning Renault Mégane can be summarised in one word: diversity. The range included 7 models, including a 5-door saloon, a three-box 4-door saloon, an estate, cabriolet, MPV, 4x4 and a 4-seater coupé. With the latter, Renault sought to target a younger clientèle.
OF THE COUPÉ
OF THE COUPÉ
Renault ushered in the coupé comeback with Renault Mégane Coupé, following a long hiatus since halting production of Renault Fuego in 1986. In hopes of attracting younger drivers, Renault developed a cabriolet version (with a canvas top) based on this variation of the coupé.
In the 1990s, nothing would beat the roar of the Renault Mégane Coupé engine (especially given that it originated from Clio Williams)!
Renault Mégane Coupé underwent a make-over in 1999, with the lights and front end being lifted. This restyling also included a new direct injection engine: a first in France for a petrol engine! As an added bonus, the extended gear ratios provide greater fuel efficiency (thank you!).
For the world of motorsport, Renault Sport developed a rally version dubbed Maxi Mégane. Weighing in at 960 kg, it offered 285 horsepower. With Jean Ragnotti, Philippe Bugalski and Serge Jordan behind the wheel, Maxi Mégane competed in the French Rally Championship in 1996 and 1997. But it would dominate in 1999, winning three titles: FIA 2-L World Cup, European Rally Championship, and FIA 1.6-L European Cup (which it first won back in 1997).
More than 5 million units (all versions included) of Mégane 1 were manufactured.
- Performance and engine
184 km/h to 215 km/h
4 cylinders 16 valves
1,390 cc to 1,998 cc for petrol / 1,850 cc for diesel (with turbocharger) on Ph2
90 to 150 hp for petrol / 100 hp for diesel (Ph2)
- dimensionsLength 3,93 mWidth 1,7 mHeight 1,36 m