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Renault Megane

X84 Megane Cabriolet

Renault logo1 Dec 2004

THE Megane Cabriolet CC (Coupe Cabriolet) was the fourth body style to arrive from the French giant’s new Megane II (X84) small-medium vehicle family, after the three and five-door hatchback and four-door sedan.

It combined plenty of standard equipment and safety features, competitive pricing and Australia’s first standard folding steel and glass roof.

Powered exclusively by the same 98kW/191Nm 2.0-litre 16-valve four-pot found in Laguna and Megane hatch, Megane CC was available in a single, well-equipped specification.

This including six airbags and leather trim, in either six-speed manual or four-speed automatic guises.

An optional LX pack added 17-inch alloys and a six-CD stacker.

The CC transforms itself from a two-door four-seater coupe into a fully open convertible in 22 seconds at the touch of a button.

Designed by German specialist Karmann, the roof features 3.15mm-thick heat-reflective glass, a heated rear screen, manual interior sunblind and an electro-hydraulic open/closing mechanism.

It is based on Megane X84 hatch underpinnings but rides on a 103mm-shorter wheelbase and weighs around 150kg more at 1430kg.

But 80 per cent of the sheetmetal is unique. These include pillarless doors, unique front wings, a new boot and, of course, the folding steel roof with glass top and rear panels. But there’s also a reinforced windscreen frame, cross-body members and rear bulkhead components.

The long list of standard features include leather upholstery, alloy wheels, six-speaker CD audio, climate control air-conditioning, power windows/mirrors, remote audio controls, trip computer, cruise control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, fog lights, remote central locking and Renault Card keyless starting system.

Dual front airbags, twin head/thorax side airbags and twin anti-submarining airbags, four three-point seatbelts with pretensioners and load-limiters, fold-away brake pedal, Bosch 8.0 ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and twin rear foam-covered rollover hoops are also included.

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