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?
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.
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.
And here is another:
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.