PARIS, France – Renault is to renew its entire Mégane range – that includes hatchback, estate, R.S. Line, R.S. and R.S. Trophy models and, the automaker says, will introduce technology ”for increased driving pleasure”.
And, as a 10-year pioneer with electric vehicles, the brand will offer a new rechargeable hybrid power train in a new Mégane E-TECH Plug-in in time for the range’s relauch in the middle of 2020. South Africa can expect the cars in the fourth quarter of the year.
There have already, since 1995 been four generations of the vehicles with Renault claiming total sales seven million since original launch.
The French have told The Corner the next Mégane will be packing new technology in a renewed and modernised cabin with new 24cm multimedia screens and two 26cm facia screens to display all the features of the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system.
‘PURE VISION’ LIGHTS
That’s a system, Renault says, whose operation was inspired by smartphone use and has been designed to be ergonomic and more functional while driving aids include freeway and traffic assistants.
Other ”notable” amendments include ‘Pure Vision” diode headlights.
Here’s how the rest of the modernised Meganes rack up, according to Renault…
E-TECH Plug-in: As a pioneer and expert in electric mobility Renault has given the next Mégane a 120kW E-TECH Plug-in rechargeable hybrid engine. It benefits from a new technology that focuses on energy recovery and is directly inspired by the brand’s F1 experience.
”The unit was developed.” Renault says, ”by our engineering team and carries more than 150 patents. It uses components such as a new 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors and an innovative multimode gearbox.
”This clutchless transmission has excellent efficiency and barely noticeable gear changes. With its 9.8kWh (400V) battery capacity, the E-TECH can be driven on 100% electric power at up to 135km/h with an electric-only range of about 50km in mixed cycle or 65km in a city without using the combustion engine.
ESTATE COMES FIRST
”A great saving in conventional fuel and an assistant on long journeys or for a weekend away.”
The model will initially available as an estate car, a hatchback will come at an unspecified date.
MEGANE R.S. Line: The R.S. Line design, Renault says, will replace the GT Line with exterior/interior designs given a sportier look for folk ”seeking a strong differentiation through dynamic design”.
They will each have a 220kW, direct injection, 1.8 turbo engine from the Trophy. Torque is up by 30Nm to 420Nm with an EDC gearbox, 400Nm with a manual gearbox
”This gain in power,” Renault says, ”translates into better acceleration, even at high revs, while torque – one of the best in the category – will give renewed driving pleasure.
”The Sport 4Control chassis offers maximum agility through tight corners, stability through fast curves. A new R.S. Monitor displays a number of vehicle parameters in real time.
New MEGANE R.S. TROPHY: Even more sportiness: What Renault describes as ”the benchmark for very high-performance”. The New Mégane R.S. Trophy is, its maker says, designed for the track.
”It stands out, in particular, for its exclusive Cup chassis, combined with the 1.8 turbocharged 224kW engine and a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential, the latter giving the car the benefit of traction on corner exits.
”It also has shock-absorbers and suspension springs whose stiffness has been increased by 25% and 30% respectively, as well as an anti-roll bar with a 10% higher setting than the Mégane R.S.