Renault’s race-tested F1 technology helps to make tiny engines big movers in the latest Mégane
RENAULT has launched four new models of the Mégane offering the latest in infotainment as well as supreme ergonomics.
The new model is not only a bit longer and lower, but the cabin space has also been optimised to give what Renault claims as best-in-class shoulder room and abundant leg room.
The new Mégane has been awarded the prestigious five-star Euro NCAP rating and as always in a Renault, there are a number of smart and practical storage areas in the cabin (under the central armrest and in the doors, for example). The boot measures a sizeable 434 litres.
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 sevenspeed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gearbox plus Renault’s 4Control chassis fourwheel steering system.
In addition to a host of Renault Multisense 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-inch alloy wheels (plus a 17-inch spare) electronic parking brake and paddle shift.
Next up are the two new Mégane GTLine variants.
Both are powered by Renault’s 1,2-litre engine that makes an impressive 97 kW.
There are two transmission options, The interior of the new Mégane (inset) wraps around the driver from the seats to the easy-to-hand instruments. a seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gear box (just like the GT), or a six-speed manual box. The Dynamique model is powered by Renault’s 84 kW, 1,6-litre engine and mated with a five-speed manual gear box.
These days, infotainment systems are what sells cars, which is why the Mégane offers two USB jacks, and Bluetooth connectivity as standard to support both telephony and multimedia mobile devices.
Four speakers and wireless telephony with push-to-talk smartphone voice recognition and audio streaming are controlled from the seven-inch instrument cluster.
The screen displays stable images with good contrast both day and night and — as in a Mercedes-Benz — the cluster’s dominant colour is changeable using the ambient lighting controls.
Dynamic driving aids include park distance control, hill start assist, and optional on the GT and GT-Line models, blind spot detection and easy park assist.
Renault’s proven Energy TCe130 1,2-litre turbo petrol engine powers both new Mégane GT-Line newcomers and makes 97 kW and 205 Nm at only 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, a six-speed manual or sevenspeed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gear box that Renault explains provides the comfort and response of a dual-clutch transmission, to give a claimed fuel consumption on par with that of the manual box (5,4 l/100 km compared to 5,3 l/100 km) in the combined cycle.
The popular 1,6-litre engine makes 84 kW and 156 Nm at 4 000 rpm and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, with a claimed fuel consumption of 6,4 l/100 km in the combined cycle.