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Renault Megane Coupe concept news - Enter the dragonfly - 2008

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Gullwing doors? They’re so passé, darling.
This season’s must-have ingress/egress accessories are… dragon-fly doors, as
debuted on the Renault Megane Coupe concept at the Geneva motor show.

Instead of the oh-so-conventional
upward-hinging one-piece doors, the Megane concept gets seriously trick
two-piecers. The lower panel and the upper window section split apart, as the
door opens in a movement as graceful, says Renault, as a dragonfly in flight.

The concept previews the styling of the
next-generation Megane, due to arrive towards the end of this year.

It looks to be a move away from the
angular, big-arsed profile of the current hatch - which Renault boss Carlos
Ghosn reckons is too brash a design for a mass-market model - and towards
sleeker, smoother lines.

Indeed, Renault’s design director Patrick
le Quement said in Geneva that the concept’s styling was ‘80 per cent
representative’ of the new Megane. Here’s hoping. And here’s hoping it ends up
with a bit more wow-factor than the new Laguna. Any wow-factor, in fact.

A bit of wow under the bonnet wouldn’t go
amiss, either. The concept is powered by a curiously conservative two-litre
turbo petrol engine, developing 197bhp and 206lb ft of torque. It’ll see the Megane
to 62mph in just over seven seconds - sprightly, but with such high-concept
looks, we were rather hoping for a solar-bio-uranium V8 with zero emissions and
sub five-second performance.

Maybe the tech department used up their
budget developing those doors, though. But why stop at two-piece portals? Why
not three-piece? Four-piece? Actually, why not go with these
nifty disappearing fellas?

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