Its official unveiling will be just one of the big events at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, but before then, the all-new Renault Megane has been leaked, finding their way into the hands of Italian car site, CarPassion.
While the current generation Megane arrived in Australia in 2010, it has since had to battle against newer versions of the Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308. With just 971 sales so far this year (against a massive 28,373 for the segment’s top selling Corolla) a new Megane can’t come quickly enough.
For the most part, the new Megane ditches the lozenge-shaped look of the current model and introduces a number of styling themes introduced by the medium sized Talisman.
Hooked LED running lights enclose what looks like a set of LED headlamps, while at the rear the taillights all but meet at the Renault logo in the tail gate. A more prominent bulge over the rear wheel gives the Megane a more athletic appearance.
Inside the dash is dominated by a Volvo-esque centre touchscreen which removes physical buttons, and takes over control of major interior functions. Commonly used climate control functions get a set of permanent controls just below the screen, for ease of use..
The instrument panel features a large TFT screen with a central digital speedometer encircled by a more traditional looking tacho.
The vehicle shown in the leaked images wears GT badging, indicating either a GT line appearance package, or more likely, a more sporty GT model to sit between the regular Megane range and the hot-hatch RenaultSport models.
Larger alloy wheels, grey exterior highlights, blue interior embellishments and alcantara-clad sports seats make up part of the GT’s unique equipment.
Under the bonnet expect to find a range of petrol and diesel engines. The range is expected to kick-off with a revised version of the 1.2 litre turbo petrol four-cylinder of the current model, while at the top end a 1.6 litre turbo with up to 150kW is expected.
More potent RS models will be introduced down the track, and are expected to outgun the current 201kW/360Nm RS275 range topper.
The new Megane will be underpinned by a version of the Nissan-Renault alliance Common Module Family (CMF) modular platform, already in use beneath vehicles as diverse as the Talisman medium sedan and wagon, Espace people mover, and Kadjar SUV.
TMR will bring you more info on the New Megane as it surfaces ahead of the Frankfurt Show.
Image credit: CarPassion.it
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