The new Renault Mégane has arrived!

The new Megane from Renault.

The long-awaited and much-anticipated new Renault Mégane is here! Launched locally in 1996, 20 years have passed since the birth of the popular Mégane. Accorded the prestigious title of flagship model of the French automaker's line-up, it's now time to welcome the fourth generation Renault Mégane range to South Africa.

Leading the new Renault Mégane petrol-powered pack is the GT flagship model. Powered by the marque's new generation Energy TCe 205 151 kW (1.6 litre) engine, the new Mégane GT has a seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gearbox plus Renault's 4CONTROL chassis four-wheel-steering system.

In addition to a host of Renault MULTI-SENSE road handling features, full LED technology is also exclusive to the new Mégane GT providing the driver with light that is 20% more powerful than conventional halogen lamps. Other GT-only features and fitments include leather seats, 18" alloy wheels (plus 17" spare) electronic parking brake and paddle shift.

Next up are the two new Mégane GT-LINE variants. Both are powered by Renault's Energy TCe130 97 kW (1.2 litre) engine and offer two transmission options, a seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gear box (just like the GT) and a six-speed manual gear box.

The new Mégane's Dynamique model is powered by Renault's 84kW 1.6 litre engine and mated with a five-speed manual gear box.

Balanced proportions, distinctive styling

Bigger, bolder and boasting a classy road posture, the new Mégane's sporty exterior styling is more sensual than ever. Perfectly proportioned and well-balanced, its volume seems to be drawn from a single line with generous and contoured shoulders reinforcing a perception of quality and strength. This, together with the brand's trademark vertical diamond-shaped logo and wide grille, is inherent to Renault's new design philosophy.

The interior is modern, sporty and inviting and has been designed to draw in driver and passengers with its invitation to settle comfortably into the contoured seats in back and front.

Once aboard, the driver is immersed in a high-tech cockpit displaying perfectly integrated technology with all controls within easy reach - also unique to the segment. With his/her hands-free Renault key card to hand, the vehicle switches to standby mode and readies itself for the road.

Leading-edge technologies

The new Mégane GT model is the first vehicle in its segment to have 4CONTROL technology which affords the driver control, handling responsiveness and absolute precision. A Renault innovation, 4CONTROL chassis turns the rear wheels (maximum 3.0° angle) which affords the driver exceptional cornering ability.

It brings energy and precision on winding roads, stability at high speed and offers handling responsiveness at low-speed and when maneuvering. The four-wheel steering system's ability to react immediately is extremely reassuring in emergency situations; driving control is cleaner and more precise offering more peace of mind and genuine driving enjoyment.

Described as the “best on-board multimedia interface at the price”, R-LINK 2 is the new generation control centre that manages the vehicle's various connectivity functions: Multimedia, new generation TomTom navigation device, telephone, radio, MULTI-SENSE, 4CONTROL and driving aids for example

The three new Renault Mégane GT and GT-LINE variants come with R-LINK 2 complete with 8.7" vertical multimedia touchscreen display and voice recognition for the navigation system, telephone, and radio ensuring safe and easy operation of the various functions. New Mégane Dynamique comes with 7" horizontal touchscreen.

The four new Mégane models are:

Renault Mégane GT1.6 litre with EDC - Exclusive to the New Mégane GT top-of-the-range model is the Renault Sport Team-developed Energy TCe 205 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Delivering maximum output of 151kW (205hp) and 280Nm of torque from 2 400rpm, it ensures brisk acceleration and pick-up. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) gearbox which is renowned for its simplicity in everyday use.

Yet the level of driving enjoyment and performance the Energy TCe 205 offers, remains compatible with low CO2 emissions (134g/km) and fuel consumption (6 litres/100km in combined cycle).

Renault Mégane GT-LINE duo with choice of EDC or manual gear boxes - Renault's proven Energy TCe130 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine powers both New Mégane GT-LINE newcomers and delivers top output of 97kW (130hp) and 205Nm of torque from 2 000 rpm.

The automaker's F1 technology transference to this engine is particularly evident in respect of turbo technology, engine dynamics, friction reduction, cooling and thermal management.

This 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit offers the same performance and efficiency as a naturally aspirated two-litre power plant. Its direct injection technology and integrated turbo manifold translate to flexibility, responsiveness and improved combustion which benefits fuel consumption.

Customers have a choice of two transmissions, seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gear box or six-speed manual gear box.

Mégane Dynamique - In response to demand from certain sectors of the global and local markets, the New Mégane Dynamique model comes powered by Renault's tried and trusted naturally-aspirated 1.6 petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

The 1.6 litre engine has maximum power output of 84kW (115hp) and 156Nm of torque at 4 000rpm and a top speed of 191kph. Fuel consumption is 6.4 litres/100km (in combined cycle) and CO2 emissions are 144g/km.

The new Renault Mégane line-up comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Also standard is a 5-year/90 000km service plan. Services take place at15 000 km intervals (10 000km on Megane GT).

RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICING:

New Renault Mégane Dynamique                              R 279 900

1.6 litre (85kW)

New Renault Mégane GT-LINE

1.2 litre Turbo (97kW)

With 6-speed manual transmission:               R 339 900

With 7-speed EDC auto transmission:            R 354 900

New Renault Mégane GT                                           R 449 900

1.6 litre Turbo (151kW)

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