RENAULT Megane Sedan
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Designed as a four-door coupe, but with a reasonable price, the Renault Megane sedan received a facelift in 2020 to prepare it for the 2021 pollution norms.
The French carmaker introduced the Megane sedan in 2016, and it sold it in more than 200.000 units since then. It was part of the Megane lineup, which also comprised the 3-door, the 5-door, and the station wagon. Starting with January 2021, all new cars registered in the EU had to comply with the Euro 6d regulations.
Since they had to work on the engines and four years already passed since the car was introduced to the market, Renault decided to work on a facelifted version. For the 2020 model, the LED technology was integrated into the car’s headlights along with the light-strip for the DRL. The front bumper was reshaped as well, and it featured a more aggressive style with fake side-scoops in the apron and a lower grille with four slats. Another change was the addition of two chromed, fake exhausts under the rear bumper.
Inside, the driver was welcomed by a completely new 10.2” digital instrument panel, which integrated the navigation system along with the other dials needed for regular driving. Next to it, Renault installed a 9.3” multimedia on the center stack system named Easy Link.
Renault offered the Megane Sedan with a 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine as a base model for the drivetrain, which offered 115 hp. The top of the line 1.3-liter four-pot provided 140 hp. For the diesel fans, the French carmaker installed a 1.5-liter dCi powerplant that offered 115 hp. All three engines were paired as standard to a 6-speed manual, while the last two could have been mated to a 7-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox.
After 10 years of absence, the Renault Megane Sedan got back in 2016 to replace the slightly disappointing Fluence model.
Being just another flavor of the Megane range, the new sedan is built on the same CMF C/D platform as the hatchback and station wagon. It also retains the same design elements and you could say it really looks like a shrunken Talisman. The three-box design allows for more passenger legroom and more trunk space as well as a better sound proofing. Available in both diesel and gasoline engines, the 2016 Renault Megane Sedan is built at the Bursa plant in Turkey, selling in more than 20 countries.
Renault introduced a facelift for Megane’s second generation in 2006 and added new engines and an enhanced exterior.
The second generation of the Megane was a big success, and the carmaker tried to keep that trend going. Renault improved the safety systems, the car’s look, and its powerplants for the facelifted version. The sedan version was very successful on the East European market and deserved notable credits for Megane’s sales results.
By 2006, Renault had a new front fascia design concept, and it applied it to the entire range. Depending on the trim level, it featured black or body-colored moldings on the bumper and the sides, protecting the paint from minor bumps or door scratches in the parking lot. It used the same angular shape for the headlights but with new lamps and projectors. On the lower side of the front bumper, the carmaker installed round fog lights as standard for the entire range.
The interior showed a new navigation system designed together with TomTom. Its retractable screen on top of the dashboard was unique on the market, at least on the budget car segment. For the lower trim levels, the Megane featured standard air-conditioning and a decent CD radio.
Under the hood, Renault installed a choice of seven engines. Depending on the market, it offered a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.
Renault introduced the second generation of the Megane in 2003, and it already knew what the market asked for a budget-car, and which were the customers’ expectations from it.
The French carmaker built its compact segment contender in four shapes: hatchback with three and five doors, sedan, station wagon, and coupe cabriolet. The three-box version was designed especially for families and fleets.
Megane’s second generation showed a clear understanding of the new-edge design trend. At the front, the angular and angled headlights were continued with a black grille in a wide V-shaped line. In the middle, Renault’s rhomboidal badge matched the car’s lines. With its clear edges across the hood and raked windshield, the Megane Sedan managed to be not too bold and not too bald either. The wide C-pillar and the curved rear windscreen created a fluid line toward the flat and straight trunk lid in the back. Its corner-mounted taillights were a cost-effective solution.
Inside, Renault managed to offer decent room for four people by limiting the front seats front and back travel. Thus, the driers taller than 1.90 m (6.2’) had difficulties in finding a driving position. But since the average European size was around 1.75 m (5.7’), the carmaker didn’t see that as a problem. Unlike most other carmakers on the market, Renault offered a keyless entry and start system with an RF card, which had to be pushed in a slot at the bottom of the center stack.
Under the hood, Renault installed powerplants ranged between 82 hp and 135 hp, both gasoline or turbo-diesel. Depending on the version, the carmaker paired them with a five or six-speed manual, while a four-speed automatic was available for selected engines.
In early 1999, the French manufacturer Renault upgraded the Sedan version of Renault Megane which was first unveiled in 1996.
The Sedan edition received almost the same improvements as the base hatchback version, including a redesigned front with reshaped headlights, a grill divided into two parts in order to encircle the badge and a more modern bumper and fog beams. In terms of engines, the new Megane provides more configurations than the previous model, this time ranging between 1.4-liter and ending with 1.9d. The top engine in this series is the 1.8-liter 16V which develops 115 horsepower and a maximum speed of 123.6 mph.
Renault introduced the Megane lineup as a replacement for the model 19 in 1995 as a hatchback and the sedan version in 1996.
The French carmaker was not completely ready to give up on its former Renault 19 Chamade (three-box sedan version) and kept it on the production lines in Turkey, but its sales were limited to specific countries. Meanwhile, the Megane Sedan began its career. While the hatchback version was the standard for the compact segment, many customers considered the sedan shape as an upmarket product and asked for it.
Patrick le Quement was in charge of Renault’s design department when he approved the Megane project in 1991. He insisted on keeping the “bird beak” front fascia as a signature for the carmaker. Even the headlights followed a bird-eye shape. The car featured the same front windshield but a different shape after the B-pillar. A flat trunk lid continued its rounded greenhouse and raked-forward windscreen.
Inside, Renault installed a low-budget interior for the vehicles built in Turkey and better materials for those produced in France. The rounded dashboard design sported oval vents and a wide instrument cluster extended above the center stack. On the base trim level, it featured cranked windows, with an option for power-operated ones.
Like the rest of the Megane range, the Megane sedan shared most of its engines with the Renault 19. Later on, the carmaker added new versions either more fuel-efficient or more powerful.