As the motoring world awaits yet another car launch at the Frankfurt motor show the new Renault Megane has been spotted during testing, sadly no official pictures are available but there’s not long to wait. This sleeker new Megane and set to hit the showrooms mid 2016.
The current Megane model has been around since 2008, and apart from a few facelifts has remained largely unchanged. This very successful car has certainly paid it’s dues. Renault are now ready to unveil the new fourth generation Megane and it has big boots to fill, however, sales of the third gen car have been slowly dropping off recently so the timing is perfect. The Megane has always had a fight on it’s hands being in one of the most competitive segments known as the family hatch class. Rivals include the Vauxhall Astra, the Ford Focus as well as cars like the Peugeot 308.
The New Broom
The new Megane looks to have a sleeker shape that has been said to be “Clio inspired” by Auto Express. This includes a more curved front end and sweeping lines that rise up to a sporty looking rear end. The headlights also follow this swept back look giving the new appearance a much more purposeful look even though the car was heavily disguised when it was spotted on test.
The new Megane will also get an all-new platform underpinning it that was actually co-developed with Nissan and a more premium feel interior; both of which will certainly please the motoring press as well as the public. The interior is something that Renault have admitted needed a fresh look from the current model and the newer version will carry some shiny new materials as well as some new toys and infotainment options.
In terms of engine choices it is always a bit of a guessing game at this stage but insiders suggest some heavily upgraded versions of the current crop of diesel and petrol engines are the most likely choice. There are hopes of a Renaultsport version later on and rumors that it could be a 300bhp turbo rocket are rife, this would certainly please hot hatch fans and it could bring quite a fight to the Honda Civic Type-R and the Focus ST.
The current Megane has been a very good car for Renault, and this new version certainly looks like it is going to follow on very well. To get 7 years out of one design means Renault really go their money’s worth from the Megane and they are likely to do it again.