A report out of Europe suggests the Mégane badge will survive, with a crossover version set to join the range.

According to Reuters, the French firm’s new chief executive, Luca de Meo, plans to add a “crossover” model to the Mégane line-up.

While earlier reports had suggested the Mégane was facing the axe as the market continued its shift towards crossovers, Reuters says three separate sources have confirmed De Meo wants to make the model a “pillar” of its C-segment range.

“There are a lot of discussions and it’s still evolving, but ... things are clearly moving towards a crossover version [of the Mégane],” one Renault source told the news agency.

“Luca de Meo wants to develop slightly different silhouettes to add value,” the source added.

The Mégane is currently in its fourth generation, with the original having debuted as long ago as 1995. The nameplate has been applied not only to the hatchback body style (in three- and five-door forms) but also coupé, convertible, sedan and estate.

A report from May 2020 suggested Renault was planning to kill off three nameplates as part of a cost-cutting drive, with the Scénic, Espace and Talisman on the chopping block. The following month, Renault’s design boss said “something has to give” as the company shifts from internal combustion to electric vehicles.