Wrap-around in­fo­tain­ment

Re­nault’s race-tested F1 tech­nol­ogy helps to make tiny en­gines big movers in the lat­est Mé­gane

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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.

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