Renault will be introducing a facelifted Megane premium hatchback to market this year. Here’s what you can expect!
The Megane has been a popular model for Renault with over 7-million units finding homes worldwide across 4 generations since 1995.
The Boulogne-Billancourt-based firm, however, intends to keep the momentum going with the introduction of the facelifted Megane which should reach South Africa in the first half of 2020.
The Megane's interior moves further upmarket with new infotainment equipment.
Renault has revised the interior of the Megane which now features a new 9.3-inch infotainment screen as well as a 10.2-inch instrument cluster. Renault says that new driving aids such as the Motorway and Traffic Assistant (Level 2 Autonomy) will be offered in the latest Megane. The Megane will also fitted with new Pure Vision LED headlights.
In terms of powertrains, the Megane will be offered with an E-TECH plug-in rechargeable hybrid engine. The 119 kW 1.6-litre petrol engine combines with 2 electric motors and a 9.8 kWh battery allowing for up to 50 km range on electric power alone. This powertrain won’t be offered in South Africa.
Instead, the current 84 kW/156 Nm 1.6-litre petrol and 97 kW/205 Nm 1.2-litre turbopetrol engines are likely to be carried over along with a 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission choice.
While Renault previously offered the Megane in GT Line guise, a new sporty R.S. Line will take its place.
As for the Megane R.S. itself, it will be powered by the familiar turbocharged 1.8-litre engine but power has been bumped up 220 kW (+15 kW) while torque increases to 420 Nm (+30 Nm) with an EDC gearbox, or 400 Nm in manual guise (+10 Nm).
The hardcore Megane R.S. Trophy also features the same 220 kW/420 Nm 1.8-litre turbocharged engine but rides on an exclusive Cup chassis which is suitable for track driving and comes equipped with a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential to enhance traction and cornering ability. The shock absorbers have been stiffened by 25% while the suspension springs are now 30% stiffer than before.
We will keep you updated as soon as more information regarding local arrival and pricing becomes available.