New Renault Mégane appears ahead of Frankfurt
Renault has released teaser images of its new Mégane family hatchback, due to be revealed at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
At its core, the Mégane borrows styling cues from the Espace MPV and the new Talisman sedan. It rides 25 mm lower that the outgoing model and also has a 28 mm longer wheelbase, with wider tracks at both the front and rear.
The styling is a continuation of the latest Mégane’s design direction, but bolder, adding impactful details such as daytime running lights that extend outside the headlight cluster. But if the teaser images are anything to go by, the car will actually be very handsome.
The Mégane competes in a tough market, one that is dominated by the mighty Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, but the recent European success of the stylish and sophisticated Peugeot 308 has shown that there is room for family hatchbacks that offer something different.
Behind the Mégane’s new sheet metal is an interior that has undergone a huge revamp. Higher quality materials and a more decisive design is expected to accompany a new centre-mounted touch screen that will control most of car’s infotainment features.
The display will be offered in two sizes – seven-inch and nine-inch – depending on specification level.
At launch the Mégane will be available as a five-door, with a sportier GT variant offered from the outset. The GT will come with 18-inch wheels and a slightly more dynamic exterior. A three-door is also on the cards, which is likely to spawn the successor to the mighty RS Trophy.
Full details of engines and model line-up will be revealed in Frankfurt next week, with sales expected to commence in 2016. Local availability remains unknown, but we’d expect the newcomer to arrive on South African shores around mid-2016.