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Kez Casey | Sep, 15 2016 | 5 Comments

After a long lead-up including previews in both Europe and Australia, the 2017 Renault Megane is ready to roll from Australia showrooms.

Arriving with a four-model range (but no diesel model), the new Megane goes into battle against upper-segment hatches like the Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308, delivering a high level of standard equipment and without a bargain-priced stripper-spec model.

Pricing however starts from a reasonable $22,490 (plus on-road costs) for the entry-level Megane Life powered by a carry-over 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 97kW and 205Nm.

It comes matched to a five-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual-clutch auto (from $24,990).

Standard equipment includes cloth seat trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto headlights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, 16-inch steel wheels, 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia, tyre pressure monitoring, rear camera, and rear park sensors.

Next in line, costing $27,490 (plus on-road costs), is the automatic-only Megane Zen. It adds satellite navigation, 16-inch alloy wheels, an electric park brake, and front parking sensors as well as adding the option of a factory-fitted powered sunroof and auto-dimming rear view mirror.

The Megane GT-Line - busting through the $30k barrier at $32,490 (plus) - brings a sportier appearance package plus extra equipment including a standard sunroof, side parking sensors, a 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster, semi-automated park assist, blind spot warning, Alcantara interior trim, Nappa leather steering wheel, sports seats, rear privacy glass, Multi-Sense driving mode adjustment, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The GT-Line can also be further optioned with 18-inch alloy wheels and a Premium Pack which adds LED headlights, Bose audio, and an 8.7-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen.

At the top the of the range the Megane GT, at $38,490 (plus), moves into warm-hatch territory thanks to a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 151kW and 280Nm and paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Handling comes courtesy of the Renault Sport performance arm and includes four-wheel steering, sports tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and a launch-control function.

Standard equipment extends to gear shift paddles, alloy pedals, GT-bumpers with dual-outlet exhaust, configurable engine sound (via the audio system), Alcantara interior trim with blue highlights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Premium Pack and powered sunroof are also optionally available.

 

Pricing

The new Megane officially goes on sale in Australia from the 19th of September.

Megane Life manual $22,490
Megane Life automatic $24,990
Megane Zen automatic $27,490
Megane GT-Line automatic $32,490
Megane GT automatic $38,490

Note: Pricing excludes on road costs - overseas model shown.

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