RENAULT HAS ANNOUNCED that the stylish all-new 2009 Renault Megane Estate will hit European showrooms this month, offering a range of petrol and diesel engines.
The Renault Megane Estate, which shares its face with the regular Megane (due in Australia in 2010), adds a longer wheelbase, longer rear overhang and sporty wagon styling, while the profile has been modified to suit the wagon shape.
The Megane Estate in European trim will offer both petrol and diesel options.
On the petrol front, the choice begins with the entry level 1.4 litre TCe 130 engine, which Renault describes as an economical engine that offers the torque of a 2.0 litre and the power of a 1.8 litre, with CO2 emissions lower than a 1.6 litre engine.
Beyond the 1.6 litre, a 1.6 litre engine is available in two variants, developing 75kW and 82kW respectively, and mated to a manual transmission. A 2.0 litre petrol engine is also available, paired with an automatic transmission.
For buyers with a diesel leaning, the Megane Estate can be had with two diesel engines. The 1.5 litre dCi diesel engine is offered in three variants: the dCi 86, dCi 106 and dCi 110 FAP. The 2.0 litre dCi is also available with a choice of power outputs, from 104kW to 120kW.
The question for Aussie families is, of course, will we see it in Australia? TMR spoke with Renault Australia Senior Communications Manager, Craig Smith, who said that while Renault is still reviewing the 2010 Australian line-up, the case for the Megane Estate down under doesn't look good.
"Wagons in that size are usually tied in with fleet deals, and while the Megane Estate is a great looking car, it's a difficult one to make a convincing business case for in Australia.
With the Koleos starting at around the same price or lower than where the Megane Estate would enter at, it very much fills the same shoes as the Megane Estate - and even the new Scenic - in the Australian Renault lineup for 2010."