Much like rival solutions, the CMF platform is a modular architecture designed to underpin a range of different front-engined vehicles of varying sizes.
The platform is based around five interchangeable modules: cockpit, engine bay, front underbody, rear underbody and the electrical systems.
Allied to the platform is a conventional hatchback chassis of front MacPherson struts and a torsion beam behind.
Independent rear suspension (favoured by a number of rivals) can be combined with CMF, but it is offered exclusively with four-wheel-drive models, none of which currently features in the Mégane line-up. Which doesn’t necessarily mean the car wants for innovation: the range-topping warmed-up GT model, fettled by Renault Sport, includes 4Control, the segment’s first four-wheel steering system.
Elsewhere, the suspension has been revised, with particular attention paid to the dampers, bump-stops and bushings.
The steering is electrically powered and claimed to be more precise now, thanks to the elimination of rubber mountings between the subframe and body.