The new Renault Mégane will hit UK showroom in July and is now available to order.
Prices for the standard hatchback model will start from £16,600. All models will get Renault’s 4-year warranty and breakdown package as standard. Renault says that Sports Tourer (estate), Hybrid Assist and a more powerful 165hp diesel model will all follow later this year, or in 2017.
The Mégane is being offered in a 25-version line-up based on six trim levels familiar to owners of other Renault vehicles – Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature Nav, GT-Line Nav and GT Nav. All provide a comprehensive standard specification, while buyers looking for something more exclusive can opt for the range-topping luxury or sporting trim levels.
A choice of four engines, two diesel and two petrol, will be available when the Mégane goes on sale.
There will be two Energy TCe turbocharged petrol options — a 1.2-litre/130hp and a 1.6-litre/205hp unit that’s only available on the sporting GT Nav model. Drivers looking for a diesel can choose from a 1.5-litre dCi 110 unit or a 1.6-litre dCi 130 engine.
All engines will be available with manual gearboxes and Start&Stop systems as standard. Selected models will also have the option of Renault’s double-clutch EDC six-speed automatic gearbox. In 2017, two further engine options will be available: a Hybrid Assist 1.5-litre dCi unit with electric assistance, and a dCi 165 1.6-litre twin-turbo unit that will only be available on the GT Nav model.
Safety & trim levels
As you’d expect, the new Mégane will be more generously specified in terms of safety and luxury than its predecessor.
Standard featured will include a two-way adjustable steering column, height adjustable driver and passenger seat, Bluetooth connectivity, accessory power point, a 12-volt front socket and ample storage throughout the cabin.
Expression+ from £16,600: The entry-level Expression+ trim level will also includes an automatic electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lamps, tinted windows, 7-inch TFT instrument panel with digital speedometer, all-round electric windows, leather steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, 4 x 20W DAB radio with fingertip controls and an AUX input.
Dynamique Nav from £18,100: Next up will be Dynamique Nav. This will add automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, Visio active safety system providing lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high/low beam headlamps; electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors, hands free keycard, automatic dual zone climate control, Multisense system providing selective driving modes and ambient lighting, Arkamys 3D Sound 4x35W DAB Radio, and seven-inch touchscreen R-Link multimedia system including satellite navigation with live traffic updates and Western European mapping.
Dynamique S Nav from £19,100: Will add 17-inch diamond-cut alloys, rear parking camera and front and rear parking sensors. Renault’s larger 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen R-Link multimedia system will also make an appearance.
Signature Nav from £20,600: The range-topping Signature Nav model will include 18-inch diamond-cut alloys, full LED headlights, black leather upholstery with Nappa leather steering wheel and electrochrome rear-view mirror.
GT-Line Nav from £19,600: Finally, there will be two sports version of the new Mégane. The GT-Line Nav will boasts a wider and lower front air intake and dark metal 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and door mirror housings. However, performance will be unchanged from the standard models.
GT Nav from £25,500: Drivers wanting a genuine hot hatch experience will need to opt for the Mégane GT Nav. This model has been developed by Renault Sport and will include a number of unique features such as four-wheel steering, launch control and multi-change down. Powered by the 1.6l TCe petrol engine and Renault’s EDC automated gearbox, this will be a paddle-shifting hot hatch with a number of performance options.
All models will be available with a number of option packs. Theres not space to provide details of all these here, but rest assured that if you want it and are willing to pay, it’s probably available.
Drivers who are interested in the increasingly modular design of new cars — which means a single platform can be used for lots of models — may be interested to know that the the Mégane uses the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s versatile new Common Module Family (CMF) architecture. To date, this is used on the on the Espace, Talisman and Kadjar as well as the new Mégane.
The platform allows a wide range of cars of different sizes to be created using a variety of modules consisting of out-of-view parts, and is based around five available modules: cockpit, engine bay, front underbody, rear underbody and electronic architecture.
In other words, despite the ever-increasing number of car models on sale, increasingly, they are all pretty much the same, just with different styling!