It’s hard to believe but the Renault Mégane is 25 years old this year. Since 1995 Renault has produced seven million of them over four different generations. You can now make that five generations because there’s a new one on the way.
That means you could be perfectly placed to be among the first people to lease the brand new Renault Mégane.
Like previous generations the new Mégane isn’t just a hatchback, it’s an entire range of models with a whole host of features. This fifth generation boasts a new interior, new driver assistance and safety features, and new engine options to sit alongside the usual choice of models and options.
Renault has been busy redefining the exterior look too.
The New Mégane’s headlights now feature LED Pure Vision technology across the entire range with tail lights and fog lights also now all LED. There’s a new front bumper as well as a new nose and lower grille, dynamic air deflectors for improved aerodynamics.
Also look out for feature door-handle lighting, new 16- and 18-inch wheels are also available as an option, as well as three brand new colour options: Solar Copper, Baltic Grey and new Highland Grey.
Inside the new Mégane a host of new technological features in the high-tech cockpit make driving easier and contribute to an elegant and sophisticated environment.
For the first time, the Mégane features a 10-inch digital instrument cluster (depending on the version) alongside the new vertical 9.3-inch screen that fits perfectly into the dashboard and gives the interior a very modern look.
The centre-console controls have been given a more contemporary look with improved ergonomics. You also get a choice of driving modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport, and a personalised MySense option - to suit your mood, Android and Apple connectivity, and the brand-new Renault EASY LINK multimedia system which includes a whole set of connected apps, platforms and services that allows remote interaction with the vehicle, including vehicle location, door-to-door navigation with journey instructions sent to the vehicle and, ultimately, remote locking and unlocking of doors and remote activation of lights and horn. Phew, that’s a lot!
New Mégane’s engine range including a hybrid
In terms of engines the new Renault Mégane comes with a selection of petrol and diesel with a wide range of power levels and a choice of manual or automatic transmission, to suit all types of use.
The New Mégane still offers the 140bhp, 1.3-litre TCe petrol engine with a choice between six-speed manual transmission and dual-clutch seven-speed EDC automatic transmission. There are also two versions of the Blue dCi 115 engine adapted to new anti-pollution standards, including selective catalytic reduction (SCR) available with a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.
What is brand new is the introduction of a hybrid version. Renault is now offering the Mégane with E-TECH Plug-in hybrid technology. It provides optimum versatility and an electric-vehicle driving experience while reducing CO2 emissions and limiting fuel consumption, even over long distances.
The 160bhp E-TECH Plug-in hybrid engine features a unique energy-recovery technology developed in the Renault F1 cars. It combines the latest four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and an innovative multi-mode clutch-less gearbox which optimises shifts.
The E-TECH Plug-in engine can run on full-electric mode for 30 miles in mixed cycle (WLTP) and 40 miles in urban cycle (WLTP City), and in mixed cycle the New Mégane E-TECH Plug-In emits less than 40g/km of CO2. Available initially on the New Mégane Sport Tourer, the E-TECH Plug-in engine will subsequently later be offered on the hatchback version.
Of course the Mégane wouldn’t be a true Renault unless the engineers have taken one away and gone a little bit crazy with it.
Hot hatch fans have no cause for concern with both an RS and RS Trophy version of the new Mégane in the pipeline. Both models will feature the same 300bhp, turbocharged, 1.8-litre engine to hurtle them at the horizon in the blink of an eye. The RS version features a new exhaust system and sharpened responses while the RS Trophy also adds stiffer suspension and chassis for improved handling. The RS Trophy also adds the exclusive choice of Recaro sports seats to the list of interior options.
All of which means 2020 could be a good year for anyone looking to lease a new Renault hatchback. The Renault Mégane has been around long enough to have built a decent reputation and the new version will only build on that with more features, more economy, and if you opt for an RS version, more hair-raising excitement on your daily commute.
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