In comparison with different hatchbacks within the business at this time, the Renault Mégane might be thought-about a neophyte, having solely been round since 1995. In reality, if Renault hadn’t considered creating a mannequin to succeed the favored Renault 19, the Mégane in all probability wouldn’t exist in the present day. But right here we’re, 20 years and 4 generations later, the all-new 2016 Mégane has arrived, ushering in a brand new period for the steadily bettering hatchback.
2016 Renault Mégane Review
The fourth-era Mégane made its debut on the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Present . It shares the identical mid-sized automobile platform because the 2015 Nissan Pulsar , however not like its moderately mundane-trying cousin, the brand new Mégane appears about as sharp as any hatchback out there in the present day. That’s largely attributed to the automotive receiving Renault’s new design DNA, a attribute it shares with the 2016 Renault Talisman , the French automaker’s equally beautiful new mid-measurement luxurious sedan . Gone are the times when the mere sight of the Mégane lulled folks to sleep. Nobody’s going to have that drawback with the Mégane as a result of that is the Mégane we’ve all been ready for.
2016 Renault Mégane Review Exterior
The Renault Mégane is all-grown up now and eventually exhibiting the styling traits of a correct (sizzling) hatchback. The brand new mannequin appears to be like sportier and way more refined than any of the three generations earlier than it, thanks partially to it being decrease by 1.eight inches within the entrance and wider by 1.fifty three inches on the again than the third era mannequin. This offers the Mégane a tighter and extra purposeful look that its predecessors merely lacked.
The entrance profile of the Mégane additionally adopts the identical design language because the Renault Talisman, proper all the way down to the distinctive, C-formed LED lighting signature and the brand new Renault Renault entrance grille. The creases on the hood, the chrome trims on the grille, and the entrance bumper additional strengthens the character of the entrance fascia.
The usage of chrome extends additional into the aspect panels of the automotive, particularly on the belt line, aspect badges, and door handles. On the again, the Mégane additionally obtained new LED taillights, each of which prolong nearer to the center, stopping simply in need of Renault’s unmistakable emblem.
2016 Renault Mégane Review Interior
The hatchback’s inside obtained the identical therapy because the 2016 Renault Talisman , that includes an enormous touchscreen show that occupies a big chunk of the middle console. The show and the built-in buttons, switches, and knobs are liable for a majority of the capabilities discovered contained in the cabin, together with in-automobile apps like Coyote alerts and Michelin apps that can be utilized to find lodges and eating places within the surrounding areas.
A lot of the smooth-contact supplies and the chrome trim seen on the Talisman are even be a part of the Mégane’s inside, though the sedan’s fancy seats have been changed with extra mundane items.
On the tech facet, the Megane is filled with Renault’s newest, together with a full-coloration head-up show, a seven-inch TFT instrument cluster. Each options, together with the portrait-format, eight.7-inch touchscreen, are described by Renault as class first options “historically reserved for automobiles in greater segments.”
The new Megane is out there with six small-displacement, three- and 4-cylinder engines at launch. There are three diesels creating ninety, a hundred and ten, and one hundred thirty horsepower, and three gasoline items rated at a hundred, one hundred thirty, and 205 horses. All variations include a six-velocity handbook as normal, however the a hundred and ten-horsepower diesel and the one hundred thirty-horsepower fuel mannequin will get non-compulsory six-velocity and 7-velocity automatics, respectively. The twin-clutch gearbox is customary within the GT mannequin.
In 2016, Renault will roll out a 165-horsepower diesel mill linked to a six-velocity twin-clutch transmission. A “Hybrid Help” model can even be launched, however not earlier than 2017. The French declare this hatchback will want solely three liters of gasoline to run a hundred km and can emit simply seventy six grams of CO2 per km.
Pricing for the brand new Renault Mégane ought to be revealed a bit of after its Frankfurt debut, however a have a look at how a lot the present Mégane prices ought to paint an image as to how the brand new model will likely be priced.
The present Mégane begins at £sixteen,750 for the entry-degree Expression+ trim. That’s about $25,770 primarily based on present trade charges. In the meantime, the highest-of-the-vary Mégane GT Nav 220 begins at £23,250, or about $35,760 when transformed into USD. Anticipate the bottom model of the brand new Mégane to be barely larger than its predecessor, presumably beginning at round £18,500, or near $28,500.