Plug-in hybrid heads updates to Megane range
RENAULT'S updated Megane is upon us, in hatchback and estate forms as well as the scorching RS hot hatch.
All versions have seen various changes to their make-up, with one of the most notable being the addition of a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Sport Tourer, as Renault brands the estate.
There are new front and rear bumpers, a different grille and LED headlights and taillights, which are standard on all versions.
There are also 'dynamic' indicators at the rear, three new paint colours and new alloy wheel designs.
Inside, there are two new displays on the top-spec model – a 10-inch instrument display and a 9.3-inch infotainment touchscreen – as well as upholstery changes, improved materials for the dashboard and steering wheel, and more advanced on-board technology.
There are also various petrol and diesel engines available, but the new E-Tech plug-in hybrid is likely to prove popular, particularly on the fleet market.
It combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 9.3kWh battery to provide a combined 158bhp, CO2 emissions of 30g/km and claimed fuel economy of 217mpg. The electric-only range is 30 miles.
There are two trim levels available, called Iconic and R.S. Line, priced from £21,495 and £22,995.
The Iconic gets front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, a seven-inch infotainment screen and automatic dual-zone climate control.
Step up to the R.S. Line, and extra equipment includes a sporty bodykit, black fabric upholstery, a leather steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels and the larger displays.
The RS hot hatch has also been updated, available in RS 300 and RS Trophy guises.
Both models use the same 296bhp 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, but the Trophy gets a stiffer Cup chassis. An automatic gearbox is your only transmission now, however.
Both the interior and exterior of these models have been given a dynamic makeover, such as a sporty body kit and extensive technical upgrades to make the most of the extra power.
The Megane RS 300 starts from £32,995 and gets 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, lane-departure warning and emergency braking.
The RS Trophy starts at £36,995 and is a much more serious proposition, with bi-material brakes, R.S. monitor and a more track-orientated Cup chassis.
Inside, there is Alcantara upholstery as standard, with Recaro bucket seats optional.