The leaked images yesterday detailed the Megane GT, a more sporting offering sitting on the 'warm hatch spectrum' without offering the full performance and handling upgrades expected for the coming RS models.
The grey car seen in these images gives the first look at the mainstream Megane range. 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.
Megane GT scores 18-inch alloy wheels, and 'dark metal' highlights, with redisigned bumpers, a mesh grille and twin tailpipes at the rear.
All models wear C-chaped running lights that frame the headlights and dip into the front bumper while the rear lighting reaches deep into the tailgate to create a wide, planted visual effect.
"On the highly competitive market of compact saloons, it was vital that New Megane should stand out right from the first glance", accoring to Megane exterior designer, Franck Le Gall.
"The precise, taut lines, which draw the whole design towards the front, are part of the side surfaces. In combination with the sculpted shoulders, these lines give New Megane dynamism and character."
For the time being Renault is keeping the new interior under wraps, but yesterday's leaked images show a tall central touchscreen filling in for the usual infortainment controls.
No official word on powertrains at this stage either. As with the current Megane, expect a range of turbo petrol and diesel four-cylinder engines, coupled to both manual and twin-clutch automatic transmissions.
Expect an Australian debut for the new Megane closer to the middle of next year, with more information about the local range to follow closer to the car's launch.
More detailed information about the European specification Megane will be released at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show, and TMR will bring you all the details as they come to hand.
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