Published on February 4th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
Renault Mégane Gets Updated, New Interior, New PHEV Tech
The Renault Mégane may not be as popular as the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla Altis, but in Europe and many of Renault’s major markets, it has been a mainstay of the C-segment. The company has just revealed an update to the 4th generation model, which has been on sale since 2016.
Key changes include the following:
- 9.3″ multimedia screen and 10.2″ dashboard screen with Renault EASY LINK
- Motorway and Traffic Assistant (level 2 autonomous driving)
- new Pure Vision LED headlamps
- New PHEV variant with 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, 2 electric motors, multimode gearbox, 9.8kWh battery, pure electric driving up to 135km/h
Here’s the press release with more.
The New Mégane is an emblematic range that has been renewed: 7 million units have been sold worldwide, over four different generations, since 1995.
The New MEGANE: ever more technology
The New Mégane offers a renewed and modernized cockpit. It features new 9.3-inch multimedia screens and 10.2-inch dashboard screens and benefits from all the features of the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system. This system, whose operation is inspired by smartphone use, is designed to be ergonomic and more functional, for ease of use.
To enhance safety and comfort for all, new driving aids are available. These include the Motorway and Traffic Assistant, an autonomous level 2 system that offers comfort and peace of mind behind the wheel.
The New Mégane gains in elegance and refinement, notably introducing new Pure Vision LED headlamps to improve visibility and comfort during journeys. The New Mégane thus reinforces its design and the dynamic lines that have made it such a success.
The New MEGANE E-TECH Plug-in: a rechargeable hybrid engine for a unique driving experience
As a pioneer and expert in electric mobility, Renault is giving the New Mégane the benefit of the 160hp E-TECH Plug-in rechargeable hybrid engine. It benefits from a new technology that focuses on energy recovery and is directly inspired by our Formula 1 expertise.
The E-TECH Plug-in technology was developed by Renault Engineering and is the subject of over 150 patents. It uses components designed within the Alliance, such as its new-generation 1.6-liter 4-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 9.8 kWh (400V) battery capacity, the New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in can be driven on 100% electric power at speeds of up to 135 kph. The efficiency of its energy management system enables it to achieve a range of 50 kilometers in mixed cycle (WLTP*) and up to 65 kilometers over an urban cycle (WLTP* City), without using the combustion engine.
The New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in thus proves its versatility. It can operate without consuming fuel on everyday journeys and is perfect for long journeys on weekends or for holidays. Whatever the battery charge status, the New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in benefits from the major advantages of the E-TECH hybrid system: the systematic use of the electric motor when starting up for improved responsiveness and reduced fuel consumption.
Available for launch on the New Mégane Estate, the E-TECH Plug-in engine will also be offered on the hatchback version at a later date.
The New MEGANE R.S. Line: a new design signature
The R.S. Line design label makes its appearance in the Megane family, replacing the old GT Line. With more advanced and richer content, the R.S. Line represents more than just a name change. Its exterior design and interior take on a sportier look, to meet the expectations of the growing number of customers who want a strong differentiation through dynamic design.
The New MEGANE R.S.: the benchmark for sportiness
The sporty versions of Mégane, under the R.S. badge, have established themselves as the benchmark sports hatchbacks, notably the R.S. TROPHY-R, which in 2019 held a new lap record on the famous Nürburgring circuit.
For its renewal, the New Mégane R.S. adopts a range centred on a single 300hp (220kW) 1.8 turbo engine with direct injection, as on the TROPHY version. This engine, the result of Alliance synergies, is also featured on the Alpine A110. Torque also increases to 420 Nm (+30 Nm) with an EDC gearbox and 400 Nm with a manual gearbox. This gain in power translates into better acceleration, even at high revs, while the torque – one of the best in the category – brings renewed driving pleasure and enjoyment.
The Sport 4CONTROL chassis offers maximum agility on tight corners and stability on fast bends. A new R.S. Monitor displays numerous vehicle parameters in real time.
The New MEGANE R.S. TROPHY: for even more sportiness
The benchmark for very high-performance, the New Mégane R.S. TROPHY is designed for the track. It stands out in particular for its exclusive Cup chassis, combined with the 1.8 turbocharged 300hp engine. The Cup chassis features a mechanical Torsen® limited-slip differential, which gives the car the benefit of cornering registration and traction on corner exits. It features 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 compared to the Mégane R.S.