Renault presents the new Mégane Sedan. Built over the CMF C/D platform

When we first reported on the new sedan based on Mégane, we still had no information on whether it would be built over the new CMF C/D platform. Nor if it would receive a new name, such as Mégane Sedan, or if it would be called Fluence. Renault has cleared our doubts today. At least part of them. The new car will be the 3rd generation Mégane Sedan. And it will use the CMF C/D platform, as all other recent C and D segment products from Renault.

Smaller trunk, better platform

Apart from that, we also know the car will have a trunk of 503 l. It is smaller than Fluence’s (530 l), but the new platform is much more sophisticated than the Nissan C platform that underpins the current Nissan Sentra. And it must be also lighter.

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Renault has not released the technical specifications of the car, but that was not necessary. At least not after the owner’s manual leaked and revealed everything apart from weight. The new Mégane Sedan is 4.63 m long, 2.06 m wide (counting rear-view mirrors), 1.44 m high and it has a wheelbase of 2.71 m.

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Where it will be offered

The new Mégane Sedan is set to be produced in Turkey and it will be sold in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Latin America does not appear, but it is an important sedan market. Either it will be produced in Argentina, and exported to Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, among others, or a new sedan will be prepared for these markets. Perhaps a Fluence evolution. With the scale the CMF C/D aims to give Renault (and Nissan), we seriously doubt the last solution. And bet on an Argentinian production of the Mégane Sedan. Even if it retains the Fluence name.

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In Turkey, the Mégane Sedan will be produced with a SCe 115 (85 kW) and a TCe 130 (96 kW) petrol engines. The former may use a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT. The latter will have the options of a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual clutch automated transmission called EDC.

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The diesel options will be 3: the dCi 90 (66 kW), with a 6-speed manual transmission, the dCi 110 (81 kW), with the same manual gearbox or a 6-speed EDC, and the dCi 130 (96 kW), available only with the manual transmission.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.