So Those Guesses Were A Bit Off The Mark

Leaks of the photos of the new Renault Megane forced Renault’s hand. They had to show us the car themselves. What did we learn?

2016 Renault Megane official image: Renault Press


And here is the car seen from the front three quarter in a hard-to-understand setting. The image here has been cropped but some versions show people sitting at tables in the background as if outside a café. Yet the foreground seems more like a boring carpark in an architect-designed, sterile, plantless, treeless void. The image is thus ambiguous. It’s also well on the absurd side since Meganes, no matter how nicely styled as this one is, don’t ever warrant being put on a plinth or put on such overt display as in this photo.  At least there are no aeroplanes in the background.

2016 Renault Megane in a cod-urban setting. Or is it suburban? Or a car-park with a cafe attached? What are we looking at here? Image: Renault Press

There were a host of guess-sketches circulating. Many hypothesised that the C-pillar would be in the style of the Opel Adam and Nissan Maxima: having a faked glazed area interrupting the body-colour flow from roof to body side. Here are some of those, who also reckoned an Opel Insignia blade would feature too.

Autoweek went with the duff C-pillar treatment: Autoweek.com

And here is another:

Just guessing.
Just guessing.

And another:

Wrong, Eleanor, wrong.
Wrong, Eleanor, wrong.

I will wait to see photos of the actual car before passing what, in hindsight, will seem like a wrong judgement. The side profile shows an orderly set of forms which still manage not to look as if they are aping the Potsdam school of design. Is it me or is it shorter looking than the current car? And now the current car looks very messy and fussy. Yesterday I thought it looked okay. Design can really mess with your head. Nothing is meaningful without context.

2015 Renault Megane. If you own one of these, it has looked rubbish since Septemnber the 8th, 2011. Image: Renault UK
2015 Renault Megane. If you own one of these, it has looked rubbish since September the 8th, 2011. Image: Renault UK

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

7 thoughts on “So Those Guesses Were A Bit Off The Mark”

  1. Not a bad effort, and certainly an improvement over the current generation. The overall shape is very sober and puts me in mind of the E150 Toyota Auris. The graphics front and rear strike me as gimmicky and crass, but that seems to be what the market wants these days and besides, Renault needs this model to be highly visible. Overall I wouldn’t mind seeing one in the metal, which is a much better reaction than I ever had to the outgoing model.

  2. In the end I quite liked the look of the last Megane, at least until Sept 8th. This one has had a lot of order imposed on it. The shutlines, panel gaps and graphics are quite alligned. I hope the HVAC controls are better and the ride …it has to be better than the last model.

  3. The side profile reminds me of the Auris:

    Yes the graphics are hugely different, but in terms of proportion and glasshouse they are similar. Both have a very conservative square-rigged two box shape. Both have very slim black window frames, a solid C pillar with no three quarter windows and a kink at the trailing edge of the window. I know there are only so many ways to sauté the same ingredients, but Renault gave the pan a few good tosses for the Megane 2 and the results were remarkable.

  4. Wow, this is a lot better than I expected. It has some pizzazz (I happen to like the graphics, the rear especially), but still is very rigorously resolved. It also retains the most successful elements of the Clio, which are the light-catcher above the sill and the wedge-shaped rear shoulder. Can’t wait to see this on in the metal.

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