Renault has announced further details of the All-New Mégane line-up following its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and ahead of the vehicle going on sale in European LHD markets from early 2016.
Dynamic lines and a distinctive lighting signature
The all-New Mégane carries on the design revolution which has been taking place at Renault through recent model introductions. It is longer and lower than the outgoing model, with a longer wheelbase and significantly wider front and rear track widths – now the widest in class – to give it even more dynamic and balanced proportions.
The Mégane has distinctive front and rear lighting signatures which are permanently lit when the engine is switched on. At the front, the C-shaped are made up of 3D-effect LEDs. Upper trim levels have full LED headlights using Renault’s LED Pure Vision technology, with automatic switching between main and dipped beam. The rear lights use Edge Light technology to create a horizontal 3D-effect which appears as brush strokes with a deep red glow.
Cockpit-style cabin with sculpted seats
There is an unmistakable cockpit feel to the car, thanks to the design of the centre console and instrument panel containing the multimedia tablet and 7-inch TFT display, and the sculpted, accommodating seats. These provide high levels of comfort and support through the use of dual-density foam and identical frames to those found in New Espace and Talisman.
The five upholsteries, all in black, have been inspired by leather goods and stylish furnishings. Discreet top-stitching on the seats and door panels further underlines All-New Mégane’s quality, while the driver benefits from a heated seat and electrically adjustable lumbar support.
GT-Line: an even sportier look
The sporty and dynamic appearance of the Mégane is even more evident on the GT-Line versions, which feature visible exterior and interior enhancements. At the front there is a wider lower air intake with a honeycomb-pattern mesh, flanked by lateral scoops. An elliptical chrome exhaust tailpipe and a profiled diffuser hint at the car’s sporty character and there are dark metal 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and door mirror housings to match the finish on the front air scoops and rear diffuser. GT-Line badges adorn the front wings and rear.
Ten highly efficient powertrains to suit every need
Depending on the country, the Mégane will be available with 10 fuel-efficient, low-emission powertrains in line with Renault’s downsizing strategy. All but one of them is turbocharged and two are exclusively reserved for the GT.
There are four Energy TCe turbocharged petrol options with capacities and power outputs of 1.2 litres/100hp, 1.2 litres/130hp (manual and EDC) and 1.6 litres/205hp (GT). The turbodiesel alternatives are 1.5-litre dCi 90 and 110hp units, the latter with manual or EDC transmission, and 1.6-litre dCi units developing 130 or 165hp.
With the benefit of turbocharging they produce high torque outputs from low engine revs, ensuring outstanding driving flexibility while minimising fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The CO2 of the manual dCi 110 is just 86g/km, while at the other end of the scale the TCe 205 GT will be capable of 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of more than 145mph.
And it will not stop there. In 2017 a Hybrid Assist diesel-electric powertrain will be added to the range, based on the Energy dCi 110 unit. Renault is targeting a class-leading CO2 figure of 76g/km, with fuel economy in the NEDC combined cycle of more than 97mpg. The Hybrid Assist is provided by a 48-volt battery which is topped up by energy recovery under deceleration and braking. The diesel engine remains in operation at all times.
In certain markets, the entry-level engine will be the SCe 115 – a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre unit developing 115hp and 156Nm of torque.
While the GT’s ride and handling benefit from the Formula 1 experience of Renaultsport engineers, all versions of All-New Mégane are precise and responsive while still being supple and comfortable thanks to extensive work on the suspension dampers, bump stops and bushes as well as the steering.
Refinement is also significantly better thanks to a stiffer body shell, thicker window glass, improved door seals and greater use of foam and felt in areas where road, wind or powertrain noise could be transmitted into the cabin.
The new model is the latest in a line stretching back 20 years. Total sales now surpass 6.5 million worldwide, including 1.5 million of the outgoing Mégane.