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Renault Megane news - Meg' Pryin' - 2008

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These are the first pictures of the new Renault
 Megane.

Sorry they’re a bit grainy and stuff, but we’ve
acquired them through slightly covert means.

See, you weren’t meant to see these until next week,
but a naughty Spanish blog site got hold of them early and distributed them
with reckless abandon around the interweb. Slapped wrists for you, sirs.

Enough of the back story. More importantly, what do you
think of the looks?

Renault design chief Patrick Le Quement has aimed for
a more subtle Megane this time round - the blocky, big-arsed current generation
was thought to polarise too many potential customers - and it’s certainly a far
gentler-looking beast.

On first impressions, we like the look of the rear
end, but is that face just too forgettable?

That said, we’re told that the three-door Megane -
which Renault is calling the Coupe - will be a lot more radical. We’ll see it
for the first time in Paris… unless some cheeky Spaniards have their wicked
way, that is.

Renault is majoring on the improved quality in the new
Megane, so we’d expect more upmarket plastics in the cabin and, we hope, better
 reliability.

One quick thought, though - we can’t quite figure out
how RenaultSport are going to, erm, RenaultSport this Megane. Visually, we
mean. It doesn’t exactly lend itself to the bodykit and spoiler treatment, does
it? Maybe the Coupe will make more sense of it.

We’ll find out a whole
lot more about the Megane next week before its formal unveiling in Paris. No
Spaniards invited.

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