The Renault Mégane and other cars of similar sizes in Renault's range will be overhauled as part of its brand reinvention.
With the firm now back on track with its new range of small models — including the Clio, Captur, Zoe and forthcoming Mk3 Twingo — it will start rolling out a whole new range of medium to large cars based on a flexible new platform shared with Nissan.
The new architecture, dubbed CMF2, has been used first on the Nissan X-Trail launched earlier this month. The first Renault to be underpinned by it is the new Espace, due in late 2014. However, this model is not destined for the UK because it won’t be engineered for right-hand drive.
UK Renaults will get the platform first on the new and expanded Mégane range, due to be introduced from 2015. The line-up will grow to include a new crossover, which is set to be closely related to the new CMF2-based Nissan Qashqai, due early next year.
Renault product planning chief Philippe Klein confirmed that the Mégane range still needed a conventional five-door model, but there was room to innovate within the class.