cabriolet - the return
Appearing in 1988, Renault 19 was first of all a 3-door and 5-door saloon, which would spawn a 4-door variant (known as Chamade). In 1991, Renault 19 was also offered in a cabriolet version. Renault’s big comeback. The brand’s latest cabriolets in Europe were Renault Caravelle (discontinued in 1968) and Renault 4 Plein-Air (discontinued in 1970).
To produce Renault 19 Cabriolet, Renault used the services of a cabriolet specialist: Karmann. The process involved 3 steps: 1. Renault sent Karmann the panelling parts (pre-assembled or not) shared by the saloon; 2. Karmann gathered the parts supplied by Renault and its own specific elements; 3. All assembled elements (including the soft top and the trim) were sent to Renault for painting and assembly of mechanics and upholstery. Lots of back and forth!
Imagine yourself on a road trip, the wind in your hair, listening to the sounds of Renault 19 Cabriolet.
Bucking the trend of the competition, Renault 19 Cabriolet abandoned the safety roll bar - it didn’t look elegant and it didn’t help for accessing the rear, but it was always found on cabriolets. This highly visible advantage required some in-depth efforts: Renault 19 Cabriolet boasted a more elegant line without the roll bar, with the side windows without deflector, completely retractable and electric, as well as the rigid steel top cover incorporating the rear passenger headrests.
over 29,222 units from 1991 to 1997 out of 5.9 million units
- Performance and engine
4 cylinders from 1721 cc to 1764 cc
from 95 to 137 hp
from 178 kph to 208 kph
- dimensionsLength 4,16 mWidth 1,70 mHeight 1 ,41 m