Renault confirms full specification for new Mégane models

The full specification details of the updated Renault New Mégane Hatch and Sport Tourer have been revealed, with enhancements across the range to Renault’s popular family car, including R.S. models and a new Plug-in Hybrid variant using advanced E-TECH powertrain technology on spacious New Mégane Sport Tourer models.

Available in Iconic and R.S. Line trim levels, the New Mégane Hatch and Sport Tourer range has been comprehensively updated with a suite of exterior enhancements, maintaining the car’s striking look and recognisable front and rear silhouettes thanks to new LED units that feature an updated lighting signature.

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Renault Megane IV Hatchback

The New Mégane’s accommodating interior has also received a selection of upgrades, bringing the car in line with Renault’s latest models with a large digital driver’s information display coupled with the 9.3-inch EasyLink infotainment system set into the dashboard. This update brings a suite of upgrades to the technological offering of the New Mégane via the large and responsive touchscreen, with access to all multimedia functions, MultiSense driving modes and vehicle settings.

The efficient engine line-up has also been revised, with new E-TECH technology delivering the latest Plug-in Hybrid powertrain joining existing TCe petrol and dCi diesel engines – available exclusively on the practical New Mégane Sport Tourer line-up.

The award-winning New Mégane R.S. also benefits from the same suite of enhancements, with a choice of R.S. 300 and R.S. Trophy available to order from August 2020. Subtle tweaks to the muscular styling ensure it looks as enticing as before, with new LED lighting signatures ensuring it bears Renault’s latest family resemblance, but with typical R.S. references to its hot hatchback billing. Inside, it features the same technological benefits the rest of the upgraded New Mégane range enjoys.

Exterior
The New Mégane’s sleek exterior style has been refined further with a selection of upgrades. Both New Mégane Hatch and New Mégane Sport Tourer variants benefit from new front and rear bumpers, a sleek new front grille and new LED lighting front and rear – standard on all models.

At the front of the vehicle, the recognisable C-shaped light signature now incorporates the turn indicators and is complemented by a new LED light strip reaching across the rear of the car towards the Renault badge, giving the New Mégane a unique identity and recognisable signature on the road. The rear turn signals now feature dynamic indicators for an eye-catching and dynamic appearance. Door handle lighting gives a premium look while also making life easier for those getting into the vehicle.

A suite of new colour options highlight the New Mégane’s enhanced look, with Copper, Baltique Grey and Highland Grey becoming available for the first time. New alloy wheel designs for both Iconic and R.S. Line models round off the new look, available in
16- and 17-inch sizes.

The new R.S. Line takes inspiration from Renault’s accomplished sporting and F1 heritage with a suite of dynamic exterior features to enhance its sporty positioning. New 17-inch Monthlery diamond-cut alloy wheels unique to this model are new to the New Mégane range, and complement the R.S. Line-specific badging, fog light design and F1-style front blade running the width of the lower bumper of the car. An R.S. Line bumper at the rear with a chrome exhaust pipe completes the exterior look across both Hatch and Sport Tourer models.

Interior
The New Mégane’s welcoming interior has evolved with a suite of connected technologies which enhance the driver experience, courtesy of two new displays – a 10-inch TFT Driver Information Display, and a new 9.3-inch EasyLink touchscreen infotainment display in the centre of the dashboard.

New upholsteries and materials on both Iconic and R.S. Line specifications bring added quality to the cabin, both on the seats and centre console, as well as the steering wheel. An upgrade to full leather upholstery is available on New Mégane Sport Tourer Iconic models, while both Hatch and Sport Tourers finished in R.S. Line grade can be upgraded to Alcantara on selected items.

On R.S. Line specification, the relationship between the New Mégane and Renault’s sporting heritage is enhanced with a perforated leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals, sports seats with additional lateral support with carbon-look inserts and black headlining. Red and grey stitching on the seats and gear lever finish off the dynamic design.

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New Mégane Sport Tourer E TECH Plug in Hybrid

The New Mégane Sport Tourer Plug-in Hybrid retains the regular Sport Tourer’s spacious load area, with space beneath the boot floor to keep charging cables stowed tidily. This still leaves a square, accessible load bay for other items.

Technology
Significant changes have been made to the technological and connected features of the New Mégane, with the latest infotainment and driver display systems used across the Renault range including the New ZOE, All-New Clio and All-New Captur models.

Standard on R.S. Line models, the 10-inch TFT Driver Information Display delivers crisp graphics for all important driver information and offers the ability for drivers to fully customise what is on display, based on personal preferences.

For example, a full map display can be chosen for clear navigation instructions right in front of the driver. Alternatively, drivers can prioritise driver assistance and safety information, or vital trip information. Backed up by what’s on display on the configurable main EasyLink display, the New Mégane offers multiple options to suit a range of driver needs.

Also standard on R.S. Line models, the new 9.3-inch EasyLink display brings enhanced levels of connectivity and usability to the New Mégane range. Featuring an intuitive display with faster responses via the new, glossy touchscreen, it’s more user-friendly than ever to control the main functions.

Full smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, as well as in-car direct voice recognition to control the radio, music, navigation and Renault apps via simple commands. The new screen boasts higher quality resolution and crisp graphics, boosting visibility and ease of use.

The Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are controlled via a new menu with an improved look and feel, while the satellite navigation system also features 3D buildings displayed on the screen, alongside connected features that include up-to-date traffic and weather information, fuel prices, door-to-door navigation and online search via Google.

Alternatively, a seven-inch version of the updated EasyLink system is available on New Mégane Iconic models, incorporating smartphone connections and enhanced graphics and usability.

Technology to make life easier for drivers comes as standard on all New Mégane models, including front and rear parking sensors, TFT instrument panel, full LED headlamps, rear parking camera and driver assistance systems including lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high and low beam. R.S. Line models also benefit from Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) as standard.

Powertrains
A new Plug-in Hybrid powertrain utilising advanced F1-inspired E-TECH technology joins the New Mégane Sport Tourer range alongside existing TCe 140 and dCi 115 engines – both of which are available on New Mégane Hatch and Sport Tourer body styles.

This technology was developed by Renault engineers and has 150 patents. It uses components designed by the Alliance, like the latest four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and an innovative multi-mode clutch-less gearbox which optimises shifts.

The new powertrain combines the 1.6-litre petrol engine with 9.3kWh battery, plus a multi-mode clutchless gearbox for optimised gearshifts. Combined, the powertrain delivers 160hp, making the New Mégane Plug-in Hybrid the most powerful model in the regular range. It’s a strong offering for performance with the engine delivering 144Nm and the electric motor delivering 205Nm, which help contribute to a zero to 62mph time of 9.8 seconds.

The Plug-in Hybrid model is also capable of impressive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, with just 30g/km of CO2 emitted, and claimed fuel economy of 217.3mpg. Importantly, the New Mégane Plug-in Hybrid’s E-TECH always starts in electric and enables 30 miles of all-electric driving, making short journeys around town good for the environment and even more refined, completed with zero tailpipe emissions.

The driving experience can be tweaked and personalised via the MultiSense driving modes, with three available to choose from in New Mégane Plug-in Hybrid models: Pure, MySense and Sport.

  • Pure: Selected via the touchscreen or a dedicated button on the centre console, Pure runs on electric power alone for up to 30 miles
  • MySense: Optimises hybrid running for lower running costs. It features an E-Save function to hold battery power that can be used later on, for example when in urban environments
  • Sport: Combines the full power of the engine and electric motor for optimum performance and responses

The existing efficient petrol and diesel options remain: the TCe 140 petrol and dCi 115 diesel engine, both available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmissions across both body styles.

New Mégane R.S. 300 and R.S. Trophy
The record-breaking New Mégane R.S. models have also received an update with key specification changes across both New Mégane R.S. 300 and New Mégane R.S. Trophy variants. The New Mégane R.S. 300’s standard specification has been bolstered with a range of key equipment, adding the following to the existing generous equipment list:

  • 10-inch full TFT Driver Information Display with Renault Sport custom display
  • Premium BOSE 9-Speaker audio system with 9.3-inch EasyLink navigation system with DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear-view camera with flankguard protection
  • Shark fin antenna in black

That’s on top of the New Mégane R.S. 300’s existing suite of features incorporating full R.S. exterior body kit, 4Control 4-wheel steering system, R.S. Drive, Sport chassis, 18-inch R.S. alloy wheels, R.S. Vision LED headlights with integrated C-shape turn signal, dual-zone climate control, handsfree Renault keycard, lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and active emergency braking system.

For the ultimate New Mégane R.S., there is an upgrade to the Trophy specification. Bi-material brakes, 19-inch R.S. Trophy alloy wheels, R.S. Nappa perforated leather steering wheel and gearknob gaiter, heated seats, R.S. Monitor and the Cup chassis are all part of the package. Renaultsport Alcantara upholstery with red stitching is standard, while optional Recaro bucket seats are also available.

UK specifications
Across the line-up, the New Mégane’s standard equipment list has been enhanced, with two well-specified trim levels to choose from, offering a simple choice.

The New Mégane Iconic comes with:

  • Full LED headlights with signature C-shaped daytime running lights and indicators
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear parking camera
  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Visio System – lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high/low beam
  • 16-inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
  • Electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors
  • Electric windows front and rear
  • 7-inch TFT Driver Information Display
  • Frameless rear-view mirror with auto-dimming function
  • Handsfree keycard
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • EasyLink Navigation: 7-inch touchscreen with DAB tuner, 2 x USB ports, 1 x Jack, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality

For a sportier edge, the R.S. Line builds on the Iconic’s generous specification with the following:

  • 17-inch Monthlery diamond-cut alloy wheels
  • S. Line front and rear bumpers with F1-style front blade in grey
  • S. Line black fabric upholstery with red stitching
  • S. Line dashboard and trim with R.S. badging
  • S. leather steering wheel
  • 10-inch TFT Driver Information Display
  • EasyLink Navigation: 9.3-inch touchscreen with DAB tuner, 2 x USB ports, 1 x Jack, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
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