The new segment C hatch is part of the conceptual and aesthetic path van den Acker mapped out on his arrival at the head of Renault design in 2009, introduced with the DeZir concept car which originated the new brand styling cues, starting with the Clio. The Megane, however, also draws its inspiration from another research prototype: “The design of the rear lighting clusters of the Sport R.S. 01 is similar to what we now find on the tail of the Megane, proof of its sporty Dna”, van den Acker points out.
No taut lines or edges on the body, “just a few lines below to add a little tension. What makes Renaults stand out are their very sexy proportions, seductive surfaces and intriguing reflections”, he explains, recalling that he himself, like many other designers, is “in love with the Italian cars of the ‘50s and ‘60s and their timeless beauty”.