Renault heeft de Renault Mégane wat extra bagageruimte gegeven. Eens kijken wat het resultaat is.
Uiteraard is de Renault Mégane dus een beetje groter geworden en had de Mégane nood aan een nieuwe achterkant. We wisten echter al een tijdje hoe die wagen eruit zou gaan zien. Vanaf het einde van deze maand zal de Renault Mégane Estate verkrijgbaar zijn. U merkte het ongetwijfeld ook al, maar Renault heeft de naam Grandtour achterwege gelaten en gekozen voor een iets internationalere naamgeving.
De wielbasis van de Renault Mégane Estate is 62 mm langer geworden, waardoor de beenruimte voor passagiers achterin 61 mm is toegenomen. Dat maakt dat er 1 volle mm extra koffer beschikbaar is. Het voordeel van deze nieuwe koffer is weliswaar dat je ook in de hoogte kan stapelen. Met de achterbank omhoog kan je 524 liter kwijt, leg je de achterbank neer, dan kan je 1.600 liter bagage vervoeren.
Niet alleen de dimensies van de wagen werden uitgebreid, de wagen werd een stuk jonger gemaakt en beschikt over nieuwe technologische hoogstandjes. Het gaat hier over een Renault, het modale gezinshoofd kan er dus prat op dat de wagen veilig is, NCAP gaf de wagen namelijk 37 punten op 37.
Het motorenpallet bestaat uit 6 benzinemotoren en 8 dieselmotoren. Uiteraard heeft Renault enkele milieuvriendelijke varianten in petto. De vermogens van deze motoren variëren tussen 85 pk en 180 pk. Binnen enkele dagen staat de Renault Mégane Estate bij uw dealer!
COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE
June 4, 2009
NEW RENAULT MÉGANE ESTATE:
PRACTICAL, AND A REAL PLEASURE TO DRIVE
New Renault Mégane Estate is the fifth model in the New Mégane family to be launched after
the Hatchback, Coupé, Grand Scénic and Scénic versions. Due for release at the end of this
month, New Renault Mégane Estate not only features elegant, dynamic styling but is also
extremely practical, with plenty of carrying capacity. It is manufactured at Renault’s Palencia
plant on the same lines as the Hatchback and Coupé versions and consequently benefits from
all the production-related improvements that have been introduced at the Spanish plant.
ELEGANT, DYNAMIC STYLING
Taut lines, a plunging roofline (I suggest removing ‘plunging roofline’ as it sounds as
though there is restricted load room and a steeply-raked rear screen.
Curved rear light clusters ensure a distinctive lighting signature, both at night-time and in
GENEROUS DIMENSIONS ENSURE A HIGH STANDARD OF COMFORT FOR ALL OCCUPANTS
An extended wheelbase (2,702mm, an increase of 62mm over New Mégane Hatchback)
provides additional rear kneeroom of 218mm (+61mm compared with New Mégane
Hatchback), which puts New Mégane Estate among the best in its segment.
Front elbow room (1475mm) ranks among the segment’s best.
CARRYING CAPACITY AND MODULARITY ADAPTED TO THE NEEDS OF ALL CUSTOMERS
Generous boot space, extending from a minimum of 524dm3 (an increase of 119dm3 over
New Mégane Hatchback) to 1,600dm3 (+466dm3 compared with New Mégane Hatchback).
Maximum load length: 2,550mm.
Specific stowage compartment for the baggage cover.
USEFUL, AFFORDABLE TECHNOLOGY
A choice of two navigation systems: the integrated Carminat TomTom® system for less than
€500, and the high-end Carminat Bluetooth DVD® system.
Unprecedented equipment for the compact estate segment (hands-free entry and ignition
with central locking function as the card-carrier walks away from the car, electronic hand
Precise, responsive handling thanks to a new ‘horned’ subframe and an extensively revised
electric power steering system.
A COMPREHENSIVE LINE-UP OF ENGINES WHICH COMBINE PERFORMANCE WITH RESPECT
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The New Mégane Estate range includes a choice of eight diesel powerplants which illustrate
the ongoing optimization work carried out by Renault in a bid to offer customers the
market’s best balance between performance and running costs. Dual-clutch transmission
(DCT) is due to join the range coupled to the dCi 110 DPF powerplant at the beginning of
Six petrol engines, including the new TCe 130, as well as the 2.0 16V 140 which drives
through a CVT continuously variable transmission.
Reduced servicing costs thanks to service intervals extended to every two years or
30,000km (compared with every year or 30,000km previously).
THE SAME FUNDAMENTAL STRENGTHS AS THE ENTIRE NEW MÉGANE FAMILY: SAFETY,
QUALITY AND RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Following in the footsteps of New Mégane Hatchback, which achieved the maximum
EuroNCAP crash test score of 37 points from 37 at the end of 2008, New Renault Mégane
Estate has benefited fully from the ongoing progress achieved by Renault not only in the
field of safety, but also in quality and respect for the environment.
Eight versions of New Renault Mégane Estate qualify for the Renault eco² signature (dCi 85,
dCi 90 DPF, dCi 105, dCi 110 DPF, dCi 130, dCi 130 DPF, 1.6 110 Bioethanol).
New Renault Mégane Estate is 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable by weight, while 11 per
cent of the plastic it contains are sourced from recycling.
A RANGE OF SMART, PRACTICAL ACCESSORIES
A long list of interior and exterior customization accessories, as well as a range of practical
items associated with estate cars (tow bars, stowage solutions, etc.).
I. ELEGANT, DYNAMIC STYLING
The launch of New Renault Mégane Estate rounds off the Mégane family. Its new, dynamic,
distinctive looks are the result of the far-reaching look at styling which was taken at the very
beginning of the programme. New Mégane Estate’s sporty lines contrast with the conventional
‘utility vehicle’ approach which has all too often been applied to the majority of estate cars in
this segment. It makes no concessions, however, regarding either its load-carrying ability or
modularity which continue to be key considerations for purchasers of this type of vehicle.
New Mégane Estate’s longer wheelbase compared with that of New Mégane Hatchback (+62mm)
ensures a pleasing, balanced styling package which is reinforced by its fluid, uncluttered, dynamic
character line which runs along the flanks to the rear lights.
The combination of the roofline, low-profile windows and rake of the rear screen suggest forward
movement and exude an unmistakable sense of elegance. The chrome longitudinal roofbars add a
further touch of character. The elegance of the side-view carries over to the design of rear end. The
Renault logo is highlighted by an indentation at the base of the rear screen, while the curved forms of
the two-part rear lights (with one part on the tailgate) ensure an extremely distinctive rear-end
signature. New Mégane Estate’s bold wheel arches and generous, rounded forms express a
prevailing impression of power and robustness.
II. GENEROUS DIMENSIONS ENSURE A HIGH STANDARD OF COMFORT FOR ALL
New Renault Mégane Estate is 4.56 metres long and comfortably accommodates up to five
adults with luggage.
The driver and front passenger benefit from headroom of 890mm (with seat angle at 14 degrees) and
elbowroom of 1,475mm, figures which count among the best in the compact estate segment.
Careful attention has been paid to ensure that the driving environment is as driver-friendly as
possible. Drivers of all builds will have no trouble finding the ideal seating position thanks to the
numerous adjustment possibilities offered by the lumbar-adjustable, reclining driver’s seat (segmentleading
cushion-height adjustment of 70mm, fore/aft travel of 240mm and fore/aft headrest
The steering wheel is also height- and reach-adjustable (through 5.1 degrees and 45mm
respectively), while the pedal spacing has been made more comfortable. The brake pedal is 30mm
wider and the gap with the accelerator pedal has been extended by 10mm to enable the driver’s foot
to switch more confidently and more swiftly to the middle pedal when braking.
Rear passengers benefit directly from the 62mm-increase in wheelbase compared with Mégane
Hatchback which provides 218mm of kneeroom (61mm more than Mégane Hatchback), putting the
newcomer among the best in its segment.
III. CARRYING CAPACITY AND MODULARITY ADAPTED TO THE NEEDS OF ALL CUSTOMERS
New Renault Mégane Estate has one of the biggest boots of its segment. Its volume extends
from 524dm3 (including 38dm3 underneath the floor) to almost 1,600dm3 as a function of the
needs of the moment. The modular seat layout enables loads of up to 2,550mm in length to be
Compared with Mégane II Estate, access to the boot has been improved thanks to a boot sill height
of 561mm, which is among the lowest of the segment.
In addition to being easier to access, New Mégane Estate’s large boot is practical, too, and can be
divided into two compartments thanks to a semi-rigid wall which lifts and locks into place in an
instant. This creates a handy compartment just inside the boot where small items can be carried.
Underneath, two additional stowage spaces totalling five litres enable items such as the warning
triangle and safety vest to be kept.
A further 33dm3 of stowage space has been freed up underneath the boot floor in the space where
the spare wheel would normally be found. Indeed, New Renault Mégane Estate comes with a tyre
repair kit as standard, although a spare wheel can be ordered as an option at the same time as the
vehicle (depending on market).
To meet the wide-ranging needs of its customers, New Renault Mégane Estate’s interior is particularly
– the 60/40-split folding rear seat enables owners to increase carrying capacity in a single
movement. A support is automatically deployed underneath the folded seat to provide a flat, slightlysloped
surface across which it is possible to slide a package without being hindered by the folded rear
– the forward-folding front seatback combines with the above arrangement to permit loads of up to
2,550mm in length to be carried,
– the boot converts into an estate arrangement with a flat floor and a carrying capacity of 1,516dm3 by
simply folding the cushion and seatback of the 60/40-split rear seat forward. (Does K95 have the
‘Super-fold’ system as fitted to Laguna estate?
New Renault Mégane Estate comes with a removable baggage cover which can be stored in a
bespoke compartment behind the folded rear seatback when carrying bulky loads.
Occupants benefit from 25 litres of stowage space around the cabin, including a nine-litre gearbox, a
5.6-litre cubby in the centre console stowage unit, front and rear door bins, underfloor compartments
at the front and map pockets on the backs of the front seats.
IV. USEFUL, AFFORDABLE TECHNOLOGY
New Renault Mégane Estate is packed with a raft of technological features which are
unprecedented in the compact estate segment:
A choice of two fully-integrated, joystick-operated, centre console-mounted navigation
systems: Carminat TomTom® and Carminat Bluetooth® DVD.
The brand new integrated Carminat TomTom® navigation system costs less than €500
and was first seen on Phase II Clio and Grand Scénic. Developed in association with the
leading portable satnav specialist TomTom, Carminat TomTom® provides all the functions
expected of a navigation system, including precise, detailed maps displayed on a large 5.8-
inch screen, traffic information, alternative routes, speed restrictions, a long list of points of
interest, speed camera locations (depending on country), and a wide range of customizable
features. The SD card makes it easy for owners to update their Carminat TomTom® system
by downloading the latest navigation data onto their computer from a bespoke website.
Carminat Bluetooth® DVD is a high-end integrated dashboard-mounted navigation system
incorporating a seven-inch screen, central navigation controls, a high-end 140W audio system
complete with six-CD multi-changer (MP3/wma-compatible), and voice recognition for both its
navigation and Bluetooth® telephone functions.
The central display of the innovative dashboard features an analogue rev-counter alongside
a digital speedometer which is not only clear and easy to take in but which gives drivers
greater visual control over their vehicle’s speed. The central display employs an
unprecedented colour-coded interface for the cruise control/speed limiter functions.
Electronic hand brake: this function automatically applies the parking brake when the engine
is switched off, and releases it again when the driver presses on the accelerator pedal and
releases the clutch after the engine has been re-started.
Hands-free entry and ignition with a central locking function as the card-holder walks
away from the car.
The 3D Sound by Arkamys® audio system delivers superior sound quality by taking into
account the specific properties and materials of the cabin, as well as the number of occupants
in the car and where they are seated.
V. IMPECCABLE HANDLING
The dynamic performance of New Renault Mégane Estate lives up every bit to its looks thanks
to its precise, responsive and reassuringly predictable handling.
Its suspension shares its DNA with the rest of the New Mégane family:
the front suspension is based on a McPherson-type arrangement coupled with a new
‘horned’ subframe which has been engineered to deliver impeccable directional precision by
restricting lateral movement of the subframe in relation to the body structure.
the rear suspension is based on a programmed deflection flexible beam. This layout
uses a closed-section beam which is lighter than a multi-arm solution but which also offers
stiffer torsional performance.
The stiffness of the front anti roll-bar has been uprated by six per cent in order to achieve the same
anti roll performance as New Mégane Hatchback, despite the estate version’s heavier weight.
Meanwhile, the choice of springs calibrated at 21mm/100DaN at the front (the same as New Mégane
Hatchback) and 22mm/100DaN at the rear (an increase of 10 per cent over New Mégane Hatchback)
and work on damping have improved vertical suspension performance and reduced body roll, thereby
enhancing New Renault Mégane Estate’s ability to corner ‘flat’. Its specific roll angle of 0.42°/ms -² is
identical to that of New Mégane Hatchback (Mégane II Estate: 0.48°/ms -²).
New Renault Mégane Estate has profited from the same improvements to driving precision as
those introduced on New Mégane Hatchback:
– greater directional stability: the front ‘horned’-subframe is three times more rigid than that of Mégane
– directional precision and rear ride comfort have been improved by separating the filtering and
transverse rigidity functions thanks to the use of bi-material bushes,
– evolutions to the electric power steering system: swifter response and greater precision (inductive
torque sensor, broader dynamic servo motor bandwidth, increased steering control unit sampling
frequency) plus a more natural feel at the wheel (power steering calibration).
For greater performance and efficiency, three wheel sizes are available depending on engine:
– 15-inch wheels (tyre size: 195/65),
– 16-inch wheels (tyre size: 205/55),
– 17-inch wheels (tyre sizes: 205/50 and 225/45).
VI. A COMPREHENSIVE LINE-UP OF ENGINES WHICH COMBINE PERFORMANCE WITH
RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The New Renault Mégane Estate range features an extensive line-up of engines and
transmissions adapted to the needs of modern motorists in terms of the performance/fuel
consumption/emissions/running costs package they deliver.
The dCi engine range
The eight powertrain combinations available for New Mégane Estate are a perfect illustration
of the ongoing improvements Renault has introduced to ensure its customers benefit from the
market’s best possible package in terms of performance, fuel consumption and costs.
B30 biodiesel-fuelled diesel engines are available in certain markets.
The 1.5 dCi available in a choice of four power outputs
It goes without saying that New Renault Mégane Estate is available with the 1.5-litre diesel engine
which has been so widely acclaimed for its fuel efficiency and driving pleasure. This 1,461cc block is
available in four power outputs, with or without particulate filter, namely the dCi 85 and the dCi 90
DPF (both mated to a five-speed manual gearbox) and the dCi 105 and dCi 110 DPF (which drive
through a six-speed manual box).
A dual clutch transmission (DCT) will be released for the dCi 110 DPF at the beginning of 2010.
In addition to their responsive performance, all these powerplants stand out through their low CO2
emissions which qualify them for the Renault eco2 signature:
– dCi 90 DPF: 116g/km
– dCi 85: 118g/km
– dCi 105: 120g/km
– dCi 110 DPF: 126g/km
The regeneration of the particulate filter is unobtrusive for the driver thanks to the inclusion of an
additional injector in the exhaust line.
These four engines are particularly fuel-efficient and return combined-cycle fuel consumption of
between 4.4 and 4.8 litres/100km, permitting an average journey range of 1,200km with New Mégane
Estate’s 60-litre fuel tank.
The dCi 130 engine
The dCi 130 engine is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox and is also available either with or
without a particulate filter. This 1,870cc block delivers peak power of 130hp (96kW) at 3,750rpm and
a maximum torque of 300Nm at 1,750rpm.
Several major evolutions have led to performance improvements:
enhanced efficiency of the variable geometry turbocharger thanks to the use of curved blades
which ensure quicker availability of power,
the seven-hole injectors (instead of six previously) optimize combustion thanks to a finer,
more efficient fuel spray which leads to enhanced performance, lower fuel consumption and
fewer polluting emissions,
new, ultra-fast spark plugs for quick starting from cold,
a fifth injector incorporated upstream of the particulate filter ensures that the combustion
regeneration of the DPF is unobtrusive for the driver.
For greater acceleration response, torque is now available over a broader rev-band, while work on the
engine mounts has contributed to improved acoustic performance.
The sum of these improvements enables the dCi 130 to deliver outstanding driving pleasure, while
still returning particularly thrifty combined-cycle fuel consumption of 5.1 litres/100km.
The dCi 130 is the only engine of its class to claim CO2 emissions of less than 140g/km (134 and
135g/km respectively for the dCi 130 and dCi 130 DPF), making it eligible for the fiscal incentive
schemes introduced in certain countries.
Two power outputs for the 2.0 dCi
The line-up of diesel powerplants is rounded off by the 2.0-litre block which is available in two
versions: the dCi 150 DPF with six-speed automatic transmission and the dCi 160 DPF with sixspeed
The 2.0 dCi is the highest-performance four-cylinder diesel engine of the Mégane range in terms of
both power output and torque. Thanks to its variable geometry turbocharger and optimized internal
aerodynamics, it is extremely responsive, with peak torque of 360 and 380Nm available from
2,000rpm for the dCi 150 and dCi 160 versions respectively.
Both engines also rev freely and smoothly all the way up to 5,000rpm.
The 2.0 dCi boasts top-level acoustic performance thanks to extensive work in several areas:
two counter-rotating balance shafts combat the vibrations inherent in four-cylinder engines,
the twin mass damping flywheel filters acyclic movements of the engine,
acoustic comfort is enhanced by the use of a timing chain,
the bottom-end has been engineered to optimize the absorption of vibrations and features an
aluminium bedplate, a long cast-iron crankcase skirt and a special ‘sandwich’ design for the
oil sump and timing cover,
foam-filled common-rail housing to protect it from the vibrations produced by the engine’s topend.
In addition to its performance credentials and low noise, the 2.0 dCi is also fuel efficient and claims
combined-cycle fuel consumption of either 5.9 litres/100km (dCi 160 with six-speed manual box) or
6.6 litres/100km (dCi 150 with six-speed automatic transmission).
The petrol engine range
The line-up of six petrol powertrains includes the new TCe 130 engine (Turbo Control
The new TCe 130 engine
Developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the TCe 130 stands out as an
eloquent illustration of the expertise Renault has acquired in the field of turbocharging with a view to
producing a range of engines which are fuel-efficient, responsive and affordable. This 1,397cc
powerplant packs the power of a 1.8-litre engine (130hp/96kW) and the torque of a 2.0 (190Nm), yet
returns combined-cycle fuel consumption of 6.5 litres/100km.
This degree of performance has been achieved thanks notably to:
work on internal aerodynamics to favour the creation of a tumble effect as the fuel arrives
inside the combustion chamber,
continuously variable cam timing which ensures the reassuring availability of power across a
weight savings, including the use of an aluminium block, for lower fuel consumption.
The sum of this work enables drivers to benefit from punchy performance and crisp, smooth
acceleration, even from very low engine speeds.
This engine is quiet, too, thanks particularly to the twin mass damping flywheel which counters the
transmission of engine-generated vibrations.
The TCe 130 drives through a six-speed manual gearbox.
A choice of power outputs for the 1.6 16V engine
New Mégane Estate can also be ordered with the 1.6-litre petrol engine which is available in a choice
of power outputs: 100hp with a manual five-speed gearbox, or 110hp with a six-speed manual box.
Depending on market, an E85 Bioethanol version of this engine can be ordered (with six-speed
In addition to the remarkable driving enjoyment they deliver, these two powerplants boast punch and
flexibility at low revs, sprightly performance at higher engine speeds and cushioned acoustics across
the full rev-band.
The 2.0 16V 140hp CVT
The normally-aspirated 2.0 16V engine claims peak power of 140hp (103kW) at 6,000rpm and
maximum torque of 195Nm at 3,750rpm. It drives through the Renault-Nissan Alliance-developed
CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) which provides a smooth, stepless ride. Thanks to the
work of the Alliance’s engineers, Renault’s CVT figures among the very best in its class in terms of
seamless acceleration performance.
The TCe 180
The TCe 180 is a new evolution of the 1,998cc turbocharged petrol block and delivers outstanding
With 300Nm of torque available at 2,250rpm, it is extremely responsive and allows remarkable pickup
from low revs thanks to the combination of its twin-scroll turbo and continuously variable camshaft
angle at the intake port which optimizes air flow into the combustion chamber and enables the turbine
to spin up to speed more quickly. The turbo consequently responds to the slightest touch of the
accelerator pedal from as low as 1,200rpm. This engine drives through a six-speed manual gearbox.
A more flexible approach to servicing
In addition to improving driving pleasure and performance, the ongoing improvements made to
Renault’s engines have also led to a fresh approach to servicing.
The servicing intervals for New Renault Mégane Estate have consequently been extended to every
two years or 30,000km (with OCS*), which spells lower maintenance costs for owners.
Different to Mégane II Estate Identical to Mégane II Estate
(*) OCS (Oil Control System): this system is controlled by the ECU as a function of vehicle and engine speeds, and
enables Renault to recommend competitive oil-change intervals while at the same time protecting those owners who stray
from conventional driving patterns.
Servicing (diesel engines) 2.0 dCi 1.9 dCi 1.5 dCi 105-110 1.5 dCi 90 1.5 dCi 85
Service/oil change/oil filter 30,000km/2 years with OCS* 20,000km/2 years
Accessory drive-belt 160,000km/6 years
Timing belt kit 160,000km/6 years
Air filter 30,000km/4 years 60,000km/4 years 90,000km/4 years 80,000km/4 years
Diesel filter 60,000km/4 years
Cabin filter 30,000km/2 years 20,000km/2 years
Coolant 120,000km/4 years
Brake fluid 120,000km/4 years
Climate control Lifetime warranty
Servicing (petrol engines) TCe 180 TCe 130 2.0 16V 1.6 16V
Service/oil change/oil filter 30,000km/2 years with OCS*
Accessory drive-belt 120,000km/6 years 150,000km/6 years 120,000km/6 years
Timing belt kit 120,000km/6 years Timing chain (lifetime warranty) 120,000km/6 years
Air filter 60,000km/4 years 90,000km/4 years 60,000km/4 years 90,000km/4 years
Cabin filter 30,000km/2 year
Sparkplugs 60,000km 120,000km 60,000km
Coolant 120,000km/4 years
Brake fluid 120000km/4 years
Climate control Lifetime warranty
VII. THE SAME FUNDAMENTAL STRENGTHS AS THE ENTIRE NEW MÉGANE FAMILY:
SAFETY, QUALITY AND RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
RENAULT’S EXPERTISE IN THE REALM OF SAFETY
Like all the other models which feature in the New Mégane family, New Renault Mégane Estate
has been designed to deliver exemplary passive and active safety performance.
Renault has long placed the emphasis on developing the most effective technologies possible when it
comes to preventing accidents, taking corrective measures and protecting occupants. This approach
is founded on the results of research into real-life accidents and real-world safety (LAB1) with a view
to promoting solutions that answer real traffic situations.
A comprehensive list of equipment is proposed to help drivers anticipate risk situations:
– seatbelt reminders for all five seats,
– tyre pressure monitoring system,
– bi-Xenon headlights with cornering lights,
– automatic headlight activation,
– automatic windscreen-wiper activation,
– cruise control with speed limiter.
New Renault Mégane Estate is equipped with the following driver aids: ABS with electronic brakeforce
distribution, emergency brake assist and ESC with understeer control.
New Renault Mégane Estate’s braking performance figures among the best of its class thanks to its
280mm-diameter ventilated front discs and 260mm-diameter rear discs. This set-up enables New
Renault Mégane Estate to pull up from 100kph to standstill after repeated braking in just 39 metres,
which is one of the best performances of its segment. The TCe 180-, dCi 150- and dCi 160-engined
versions come with larger front discs (296mm) for even better stopping power.
When it comes to passive safety, New Renault Mégane Estate is equipped with all the systems that
enabled New Mégane Hatchback to achieve a maximum EuroNCAP crash-test score of 37 points
from 372 :
– the programmed crumple structure absorbs impact energy,
– the third-generation Renault System for Restraint and Protection incorporates anti-submarining
1 LAB: the Accident Analysis, Biomechanics and Human Behaviour Laboratory of PSA Peugeot-Citroën and Renault.
2 Adult protection score in EuroNCAP crash test carried out at the end of 2008.
functions, double pretensioners, load limiters and adaptive airbags;
– twin side-impact sensors with dual-chamber thorax/groin/abdomen airbags as first seen on Laguna
III and now available across the full Mégane range,
– three-point Isofix child seat anchorage for the outer rear seats,
– the fixation rods of the new-generation headrests slide within the headrest itself and no longer
within the upper part of the seatback, thereby providing greater protection of the cervical vertebrae
in case of rear impact.
NEW RENAULT MÉGANE ESTATE PROFITS FROM ALL THE PROGRESS ACHIEVED BY
RENAULT ON THE QUALITY AND DURABILITY FRONTS
New Renault Mégane Estate boasts outstanding fit-and-finish, body panel joint line and
New Renault Mégane Estate uses the same lazer-welding technique for brazing the roof to the body
sides as that employed for all New Mégane models. This process does away with the need for roof
trimming, while at the same time enhancing robustness and build quality.
Special attention was paid to the two-part rear light clusters which optimize access to the boot; their
crescent-like form and the Renault lozenge pattern call for particularly precise adjustment.
Inside the car, the accent is on quality and durable materials which are pleasant to the touch.
Particular care was taken in the choice of trim details and fabric patterns.
The finish of the boot is also of a very high standard thanks to the uncluttered form of the rectangular
tailgate opening and the thick, carefully-adjusted boot mat.
THE RENAULT ECO² HALLMARK FOR VEHICLES WHICH ARE RESPECTFUL OF THE
Extensive work on minimizing weight, carefully-honed aerodynamics and a range of low fuel
consumption or biofuel-compatible engines enable New Mégane Estate to showcase Renault’s
expertise when it comes to protecting the environment.
The Renault eco2 signature is Renault’s way of underlining the commitment it has made to reduce the
ecological impact of its vehicles across their full lifecycle. To qualify, vehicles must comply with three
1. CO2 emissions less than 140g/km, or biofuel-compatibility,
2. production in an ISO 14001-certified plant, a testimony to a factory’s determination to reduce its
3. cars must be 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable by weight, with at least five per cent of the
plastics they contain to be sourced from recycling.
In addition to being built at Renault’s ISO 14001-certified plant in Palencia, Spain, New Renault
Mégane Estate is 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable by weight, and 11 per cent of the plastics it
contains – equivalent to an average 22kg – are sourced from recycling.
Seven versions of New Renault Mégane Estate (dCi 85, dCi 90 DPF, dCi 105, dCi 110 DPF, dCi
130, dCi 130 DPF and 1.6 110hp Bioethanol) comply with the three criteria required to qualify for the
An LPG version likely to qualify for tax incentives in certain countries will be released at the end of
Meanwhile, ongoing optimization improvements to the performance of the dCi 110 engine will see its
CO2 emissions cut to 120g/km by the end of the year.
Although New Mégane Estate is bigger than its predecessor, and despite its more extensive
equipment list, careful attention has gone into keeping its weight to a minimum, as well as into
optimizing its aerodynamics. The result is fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures which count
among the lowest in New Mégane Estate’s class, without detracting from either driving pleasure or
Given that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are also influenced by the way we drive, a gearshift
indicator has been introduced on all versions of New Renault Mégane Estate when powered either by
a petrol engine or by a diesel engine equipped with a particulate filter. A light on the dashboard
indicates the ideal moment to shift gear with a view to enabling drivers to adopt an ‘eco’ driving-style
and make the most use of their engine’s potential.
VIII. A RANGE OF SMART, PRACTICAL ACCESSORIES
New Renault Mégane Estate comes with a wide range of customization accessories designed
to enhance travelling comfort and driving pleasure.
A long list of exterior and interior styling accessories can be ordered for New Renault Mégane Estate.
To upgrade its exterior and interior looks:
– grille trims designed to add to the model’s racy appeal by giving it front-end looks similar to those of
New Mégane Coupé,
– satin-finish anthracite grey and chrome-shadow 15-, 16- and 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels,
– a Sports Kit incorporating front spoiler, extended sills and rear bumper quarter panels,
– aluminium-effect front sill guards.
Two types of tow bar are available:
– a swan neck-type tow bar for permanent fitment,
– a tool-free, quick-release tow bar which is practical for intensive use but also quick and easy to
remove to keep New Mégane Estate looking smart when not required.
As an alternative to the chrome longitudinal roofbars which come as either standard equipment or as
an option depending on equipment level, New Renault Mégane Estate can be fitted with transverse
roofbars to form a roof rack. These transverse roofbars are equipped with an anti-theft system.
Inside, a selection of four-piece tailor-made carpet mat sets for New Renault Mégane Estate is
available, as is a reversible cloth or rubber boot mat which perfectly hugs the forms of the boot. The
boot-protection sheet provides a temporary, removable waterproof cover, protecting the interior from
any damage or discolouration. This reusable sheet can be packed away into a small bag. A
particularly practical stowage-related accessory is the removable central rear stowage which doubles
up as an armrest. It is fixed to the middle rear seat using the seatbelt and is a Renault crash-tested
product. It provides two stowage levels, is simple to remove and easy to carry.
IX. MANUFACTURED EXCLUSIVELY AT PALENCIA
The Palencia factory employs a total staff of 2,720 and has the capacity to produce almost
210,000 vehicles annually in two shifts on one line.
Palencia’s existing facilities enable New Mégane Estate to be manufactured alongside New Mégane
Hatchback and New Mégane Coupé, while at the same time continuing the production of Mégane II.
Although Palencia’s modern facilities were already suited to the Mégane platform, significant
investment went into the factory – notably the paint and body shops – prior to production of the
Mégane II family. This facilitated the carry over of almost 30 per cent of existing, high quality tooling
which meant that factory-related investment did not exceed €190 million.
The vast majority of production-related investment went into guaranteeing the perceived
quality and durability of the vehicles it manufactures. Management of the diversity resulting from the
simultaneous production of New Mégane models and Mégane II plays a critical role in the production
The body shop has been equipped to take onboard the introduction of new lazer brazing technology
for the roof to ensure perfect assembly accuracy for enhanced finish quality and durability. In
addition to minimizing play between the body panels, diode lazer brazing is energy efficient, more
powerful and takes up less floor space. The higher number of welds (160 more than Mégane II) also
makes a significant contribution to improving quality.
To cater for the diversity of models, the body shop has been equipped with around 100 additional
robots, which takes the total number to 450.
A new, fully-robotized glazing assembly unit has also been added to the assembly line to ensure
precision fitment of the rear screen at high production rates. In addition to guaranteeing a high
standard of rear-end sealing, this facility contributes to the vehicle’s quality as a whole, as well as to
the durability of the components concerned. This robot also means that the rear screens of New
Mégane – which are very different to those of Mégane II – can be fitted on the same line without
slowing down production.
More than €1 million have also been invested in the introduction of Poka Yoke anti-forget systems
used by Nissan which are aimed at enhancing the reliability of certain assembly operations, including
the fitment of safety-related equipment such as airbags and seatbelts. As seen in other factories of
the Renault group (Sandouville, Novo Mesto), the stepping up of quality control procedures after each
operation has already shown its value during previous start-ups. The quality of each new vehicle that
has been launched has exceeded that of its predecessor.
Extensive measures were taken to enable the factory’s staff to deliver best-level quality from
In order to guarantee the highest possible standard of quality from start-up, staff from Palencia met
their colleagues from other factories of the group – including Novo Mesto in Slovenia and Sandouville
in France – with a view to benefiting from the experience of previous successful start-ups (New
Twingo, New Laguna).
Almost 150 employees spent time at the Renault Technocentre in Guyancourt, France, to prepare
for the arrival of the different versions of New Mégane by working in close collaboration with the
project engineers in order to take production-related constraints onboard at the design stage.
An extensive training plan in 2008 also saw operators at Palencia benefit from some 50,000 hours of
instruction relating to the group’s best practices and quality procedures, while bespoke dexterity
training for staff from the different departments, including logistics, helped perfect assembly
operations and component handling.
Last but not least, work stations have been made even more practical, thanks notably to the
introduction of variable-height skids which do away with the need for awkward working positions
on the assembly line for enhanced productivity and quality.