Featuring an all-new look which shadows the mid-size Talisman sedan and wagon, the small Megane pushes into more premium territory.
Both front and rear lamps feature a distinctive new lighting signature, with high-end models taking advantage of full LED illumination for both head, and tail lights.
Engines include 66kW and 81kW diesel options or 74kW and 96kW petrol choices for the standard Megane range.
The range-topping Megane GT (at least until the RS models arrive) is available with either a 151kW petrol motor or a 121kW diesel.
All engines come mated to a six-speed manual, with an optional six-speed twin clutch automatic available on diesel models, and a seven-speed twin-clutch option on petrol variants.
The Megane GT also features four-wheel steering, in a system Renault has dubbed 4Control. Designed to increase manoeuvrability at low speeds, while enhancing precision at higher speeds.
Launch Control is also a Megane GT feature, allowing for quicker standing starts.
Other GT highlights include a more aggressive styling package, 18-inch alloy wheels, wraparound seats with integrated headrests, blue topstitching, sports pedals, and a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles on automatic models.
Compared to the model it replaces, the new Megane gains 64mm of length to 4359mm, picks up wider front (+47mm) and rear (+39mm) tracks to 1591mm and 1586mm respectively, rides on a 28mm longer wheelbase, which now measures 2669mm, and features a 25mm lower overall height, now 1447mm
The high-tech interior is dominated by an 8.7-inch portrait oriented R-Link touchscreen. The instrument cluster has been replaced by a 7.0-inch TFT screen, and a full colour head up display also joins the features list.
Available equipment includes Bose audio, customisable ambient lighting, heated seats with driver’s massage, and a special 3D-effect velvet trim, developed by Alcantara.
Boot space increases to 434 litres, which Renault describes as the second largest in its segment. Passenger space has also been improved, with extra leg and shoulder room.
Drivers are able to select from Sport, Normal, Comfort and Perso (individual) driving modes, plus Eco mode on standard variants, or RS Drive on GT models.
The new Megane range will arrive Down Under in 2016. The stove-hot RenaultSport models are yet to be announced, but are expected to join the Megane lineup down the track.
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