The funky Renault Mégane CC’s folding glass roof is a foil for the Peugeot 307 CC’s retractable hardtop in South Africa’s four-seater cabriolet sector. It is also very competitively priced.The funky Renault Mégane CC’s folding glass roof is a foil for the Peugeot 307 CC’s retractable hardtop in South Africa’s four-seater cabriolet sector. It is also very competitively priced.
The Mégane Coupe/Cabriolet (CC) combines the sleek styling of a coupé with the fun factor of a cabriolet and has been made available in four versions: 1,6 16V Dynamique, 1,9 dCi Dynamique and 2,0 16V Privilege (manual and automatic).
But what really sets the Mégane apart is the folding glass roof, which was developed for Renault by German coachbuilders Karmann. Apart from its aesthetic appeal, the glass roof allows Megane CC owners to enjoy the view even with the roof closed.
Venus 40 glass (3,15mm thick) contributes to both acoustic and thermal comfort for all occupants. The roof can be opened and closed by a fully-automatic electro-hydraulic mechanism in less than 22 seconds, Renault claims.
In terms of styling, only the front grille, headlamps and bonnet are carried over from the Mégane saloon/hatch. The lack of door pillars and side trim strips contribute to the CC’s flowing contours.
Standard interior equipment includes electric exterior mirrors, front- and rear electric windows with one-touch opening, padded roll hoops, variable-assistance electric steering and a removable wind deflector net.
Access to the rear seats is made easier by the position-memory of the front seat slides and seat backs. The Mégane CC can hold up to 490 litres of luggage with the roof up and 190 litres when the glass roof is retracted.
The stiffness of the body has been improved to keep the cabin space intact in the event of a rollover, with the aid of strengthened windscreen pillars, body sides and sills, and by the two fixed roll-hoops installed as standard (two automatic roll-hoops are optional).
Renault’s third-generation System for Restraint and Protection and six airbags – including the two anti-submarining airbags beneath the cushions of the front seats – provide occupants with optimum protection in the event of an accident.