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The Renault Megane is a compact automobile made by Renault. It is offered in several bodystyles; a hatchback, sedan, coupe, convertible and station wagon. It also forms the basis of the Renault Megane Scenic mini-MPV.


The first Megane was unveiled in the fall of 1995, and was intended as a replacement for the Renault 19. The car was essentially a reskin of its predecessor, and carried over the 19's floorpan, engines, transmissions and chassis design, albeit with much modification. 1997 saw the introduction of the Megane Scenic MPV. Taking its name from a Renault concept car which was shown in 1988, the Megane further developed the new corporate styling theme introduced by Patrick Le Quement on the Laguna, most notably the "bird-beak" front grille - a styling cue borrowed from the legendary Renault 16 of the 1960s. As with the 19 and the 11 before it, the Megane was produced in Renault's Douai plant in northern France.

Power came from the Renault E-type ("Energy") engine in 1.4 L, 1.6 L, 1.8 L, and the F-type unit in both 1.9 L diesel and 2.0 L petrol form, although this time around there was a wider variety of 16-valve derivatives. A 1.9 L diesel engine in both normally aspirated and turbocharged forms was also available.

A mild facelift in 1999 gave the Megane a modified grille, more advanced safety features and upgraded equipment, and the 16-valve engines were used across the range.


The latest version of the car, the Megane II, has highly distinctive styling that makes it stand out from other cars. Heavily inspired by the larger Avantime model, the new Megane was elected European Car Of The Year for 2003. In tune with other newly introduced Renault models, the car achieved a 5-Star safety rating in the EuroNCAP crash tests. The "Renault Card" keyless ignition system was also a standard feature.

Engine options include:

L CC HP TOP SPEED (M/H)/0-60 (M/H)/(0-100KMH) 1.4L 1390CC 80BHP 106/13.5 1.4L 1390CC 98BHP 114/12.5 1.6L 1598CC 111BHP 119/10.9 1.6L 1598CC 115BHP 119/10.9 2.0L 1998CC 136BHP 124/9.2 2.0L T 1998CC 165BHP 137/8.3 2.0L T 1998CC 225BHP 147/6.5 1.5L TD 1461CC 80BHP 106/14.3 1.5L TD 1461CC 86BHP 108/12.7 1.5L TD 1461CC 100BHP 111/12.8 1.5L TD 1461CC 106BHP 115/11.1 1.9L TD 1870CC 90BHP 108/12.9 1.9L TD 1870CC 120BHP 122/10.5 1.9L TD 1870CC 130BHP 124/9.0

RenaultSport (RS) versions of the 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks were introduced, equipped with a turbocharged petrol 2.0 L 16v engine producing 225 hp. Along with the engine, changes were made to the front and rear suspension geometry to improve handling. The Megane RS is set to compete in the hot hatch segment of the market.

The range consists of a 3 and 5-door hatchback (Sport Hatch and Hatch), 4-door sedan (Sport Saloon), five-door station wagon (Sport Tourer), coupe-convertible and two (short- and long-wheelbase) Scenic mini-MPVs.

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