The 2002 British International Motorshow at Birmingham’s NEC sees three new stars join the Renault range, with two of these models making their UK public debut. As well as the stunning New Megane, which went on sale on 18 October and is already shaking up the lower-medium sales tables by taking over 1,500 orders, the British public can witness the future of luxury space travel thanks to the New Espace, or if a rocket ship is more to their taste, the 255bhp New Clio Renaultsport V6 will also be waiting to blast off.
- Three new stars join the Renault range – New Megane, New Espace and New Clio V6
- British public debut for New Espace and New Clio V6
- New Espace and New Clio V6 on sale early in 2003
- New Megane on sale since 18 October – over 1,500 orders already taken
- 2003 Clio and Scénic introduced
On sale in the UK since 18 October, the New Renault Megane is shaping up to be a sure-fire winner having already taken over 1,800 orders simply by sitting in Renault showrooms since it went on display on 16 September, plus 1,600 customers have booked a test drive on the www.newmegane.co.uk website since 1 October.
This orderbank is sure to grow following the rave reviews New Megane has received from the UK Motoring Press, taking the fight to the class benchmark, Ford Focus, and in a giant test in the 2 October issue of Auto Express beating it and eight other cars in the sector.
Seen at the NEC in five-door Hatch and three-door Sport Hatch forms, New Megane comprehensively beats all comers in its sector on price, insurance group ratings, standard equipment, and most of all on style giving small family hatch buyers an alternative to the dull and boring models that are offered by other manufacturers.
Officially on sale since 18 October, New Megane offers a range of advanced petrol – 98bhp 1.6 16V, 115bhp 1.6 VVT and 136bhp 2.0 VVT – and diesel – 80bhp 1.5dCi and 120bhp 1.9dCi – engines, five trim levels depending on body shape, and 21st century technology and design including totally hands free unlocking and ignition, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, and a new take on the handbrake.
New Renault Espace
Due to go on sale in early 2003, the latest generation of the car that has defined the purpose-built large MPV sector since it invented the category in 1984 will make its UK debut at the British International Motorshow. New Espace brings luxury car standards of refinement and technology to the MPV market for the first time.
The fourth generation Espace will be looking to retain its position as Europe’s best-selling large MPV joining Avantime and Vel Satis as Renault’s third top-of-the-range model.
The New Espace introduces new levels of interior modularity and comfort for all seven occupants never seen before in an MPV. All seven individual seats now offer armchair comfort through larger dimensions, with a built-in three-point seatbelt for all five removable rear seats offering enhanced comfort and safety. With long floor rails for the seat mounting points, the flexibility of the interior is virtually unlimited.
Enhancing its predecessor’s position of space as the ultimate luxury, New Espace boasts larger dimensions plus a feeling of airiness resulting from the option of a panoramic glass sunroof and standard individual air-conditioning vents for all three rows of passengers.
Luxurious ‘space travel’ will also be guaranteed by New Espace’s powerful and refined range of engines including a 180bhp 3.0 V6 dCi diesel engine and the 245bhp 3.5 V6 petrol engine which makes it the most powerful MPV on the market today.
The New Clio Renaultsport V6 255 = Va Va Voom3
Renault’s newest rocket is the Clio Renaultsport V6 255 – the 255 denoting the increased power rating of this mid-engined ‘incandescent hatch’. The hottest hatch ever produced, the New Clio V6 sports the ‘face’, rear and interior treatment of the latest generation of the Clio.
Having sold all 350 examples of the first generation Clio V6 allocated to the UK market, Renault is now taking this already extreme and unique sporting model a step further. The New Clio V6 boasts an increased power output of 255bhp, a 0-62 time of under six seconds, new 18-inch ‘OZ’ Superturismo alloy wheels, a longer and higher rear wing, and a number of chassis modifications increasing the car’s stiffness and enhancing the model’s handling.
The new Clio Renaultsport V6 255 will go on sale in the UK in Spring 2003.
Clio And Scénic Ranges Updated For 2003
Following their success in 2001 and so far in 2002 both Clio and Scénic ranges have been updated for 2003, with customers benefiting from better specification, more personalisation and new models.
Sales of both 1.5 dCi engines have been responsible for a 168% increase in demand for the Clio during 2002, resulting in Renault broadening the availability of these engines across the Clio range. In addition, Clio has better specifications on all its models and more personalisation through a number of option packs available on the best-selling Dynamique model.
Scénic sales are also strong both in the UK and across Europe leading to Scénic factories increasing production to meet demand. For 2003 Renault has added an automatic transmission for the popular 1.9dCi model, plus the option of satellite navigation and rationalised the Scénic RX4 model, now offering one model, Fidji.Published 22 October 2002