Since the first Renault Mégane was introduced in 1995, seven million cars over four different generations have been sold worldwide. The Mégane has become an entire family of cars, with the R.S. high-performance versions, regarded as benchmark hot-hatchbacks, especially with the recent R.S. TROPHY-R, a new lap record holder at the famous Nürburgring in 2019.
The New Mégane now comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain – a first for Renault in this segment. Using technologies developed by the Alliance and Renault engineers the E-Tech Plug-in system benefits from the all-electric-vehicle expertise acquired by Groupe Renault over the last decade, as well as its experience in racing in Formula One.
The New Mégane offers a revamped and modernised interior. Featuring a new 9.3-inch screen for the multimedia system and a 10-inch digital instrument cluster. This high-tech cockpit benefits from all the features of the Renault EASYLINK multimedia system. Inspired by easy smartphone usability, the system aims to be more ergonomic, functional and user-friendly.
Equipped with new driver-assistance systems for the safety and comfort of all passengers, customers can choose the optional Highway & Traffic Jam Companion, a Level 2 autonomous system that ensures comfort and peace of mind while driving. All versions now feature new LED Pure Vision headlights, improving visibility and therefore confidence on the road.
With numerous variants and a large choice of engines, including the new E-TECH Plug-in hybrid, the New Mégane caters for a vast array of needs.
EXTERIOR DESIGN: EVEN MORE CHARACTER AND SOPHISTICATION
Already popular with customers, the New Mégane’s exterior design has been improved with sculpted and dynamic lines in keeping with Renault brand identity and offers even more character and sophistication.
Full LED lighting
The New Mégane’s headlights now feature LED Pure Vision technology. Available from the entry-level, it replaces the previous model’s halogen lights. These new headlights improve and increase the headlamp beam by nearly 30 per cent, offering greater visibility, safety and driver confidence. The headlamps, tail lights and fog lights are now all LED.
A redesigned front bumper
The New Mégane has a new front bumper as well as a new nose and lower grille, incorporating chrome trim on certain derivatives.
Dynamic air deflectors
The New Mégane now features fog-light surrounds with a chrome trim and air deflectors at the front of the wheel arches for improved aerodynamics.
The contour lines of the new LED rear lights have been raised to display a new trim design, whilst now incorporating dynamic indicators. The New Mégane also features a new, more sophisticated lower bumper.
More pronounced wings
The design of the wings has also been changed and they also feature door-handle lighting. New 16- and 18-inch wheels are also available as an option.
Three new colours
At launch, the New Mégane and the New Mégane Sport Tourer will be available in 10 body colours, including three new ones: Solar Copper, Baltic Grey and new Highland Grey.
INTERIOR DESIGN: AN UPGRADED CABIN FOR AN IMPROVED DRIVING EXPERIENCE
Inside the New Mégane, new technological features in the high-tech cockpit make driving easier and contribute to an elegant and sophisticated environment.
A 10-inch new digital display
For the first time, the New Mégane features a 10-inch digital instrument cluster (depending on the version). This includes sat nav to offer a tailored and intuitive driving experience.
9.3-inch vertical tablet and Renault EASY LINK system
The new vertical 9.3-inch screen fits perfectly into the dashboard and gives the interior a very modern look. With its new Renault EASYLINK connected multimedia system, it offers a wide-range of multimedia, navigation and infotainment services, as well as Multi-Sense settings.
The centre-console controls have been given a more modern, upmarket look with improved ergonomics. All driver-assistance controls can be activated from the steering wheel. The New Mégane features a new rimless electrochromic inside rear-view mirror on certain versions.
TECHNOLOGY AND SENSATIONS: ON-BOARD TECHNOLOGY FOR AN IMPROVED DRIVING EXPERIENCE
The New Mégane remains true to its DNA continuing to offer a pleasant driving experience and state-of-the-art technology, from the connected multimedia screen to Multi-Sense personalised driving modes. These features enhance the New Mégane’s comfort, safety and connectivity.
EASY LINK, the latest in on-board connectivity
The New Mégane features the Renault EASY LINK system available in three versions, all compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay:
– a 7-inch version;
– a 7-inch version with integrated sat nav;
– a 9.3-inch portrait version with integrated sat nav.
With a brand new interface, the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system uses smartphone integration to offer an innovative ergonomic and functional experience. The modular widgets allow users to customise their screen and give them direct access to their favourite features and apps.
The MY Renault smartphone app, the brand-new Renault EASY LINK multimedia system, is an essential part of the New Mégane’s EASY CONNECT offer, which includes a whole set of connected apps, platforms and services that facilitate connected mobility both inside and outside the vehicle. For instance, it 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.
MULTI-SENSE, AN EVER-SO-VARIED TECHNOLOGY
The Renault Multi-Sense technology can combine several vehicles in one. Multi-Sense settings adjust the engine mapping, steering, ambient lighting and configuration of the digital display that replaces the dials to offer a tailored driving experience that matches your mood at the wheel of the New Mégane.
Four modes are available:
– Eco Mode, to reduce your consumption and CO2 emissions;
– Comfort Mode, for a more relaxed experience with more flexible suspension;
– Sport Mode, for increased driving pleasure, agility and responsiveness;
– MySense (default mode), for a tailored experience.
Three modes are available with the E-TECH Plug-in engine: Pure, MySense and Sport.
The Multi-Sense system’s revamped design and new graphics offer an even more immersive driving experience. The new features include better ergonomics for more intuitive and simplified settings, new ambient lighting colours and the R-Sound app to adjust engine sound.
The dashboard 7-inch and 10.2-inch digital screens provide a display area customisable with widgets. The driver can choose the information displayed according to the chosen mode, such as consumption in Eco mode, or power and torque potentiometers in Sport mode. The dashboard 10.2-inch digital screen includes sat nav in the display.
DRIVING AND SAFETY: DRIVER-ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS REVAMPED FOR AN EVEN MORE CONFIDENCE-INSPIRING DRIVING EXPERIENCE
The New Mégane features Renault EASYDRIVE driver-assistance systems, including Highway & Traffic Jam Companion, a Level 2 autonomous driving feature, for a safer driving experience.
Highway & Traffic Jam Companion
Highway & Traffic Jam Companion combines adaptive cruise-control (fitted with automatic Stop & Go) with Lane Keep Assist. Activated between zero and 100mph, the system features in all vehicles with EDC automatic transmission. It regulates the speed of the vehicle and maintains a safe distance from other vehicles ahead while providing lane centring assistance. This driver-assistance system is particularly handy during heavy traffic and on motorways, since it allows the New Mégane to stop and start automatically within three seconds without any action by the driver.
The Highway & Traffic Jam Companion, a Level 2 autonomous driving feature, significantly improves driving comfort. However, it still requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
The Highway & Traffic Jam Companion is available as an option with the TCe 140 EDC version as well as the E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid.
The Stop & Go adaptive cruise-control feature
Adaptive cruise-control, already a feature in the Mégane range, now features a Stop & Go system, available with the TCe 140 EDC engine. If the car needs to come to a complete halt, in a traffic jam for example, the system can safely stop the vehicle and restart it automatically within three seconds when the traffic starts moving again.
Active Emergency Braking System
The Active Emergency Braking System is enhanced with pedestrian detection. It provides optimum safety by warning the driver of a hazardous situation and, if the latter fails to react, can activate the braking system.
Blind Spot Warning
Fitted with a new radar sensor technology, Blind Spot Warning has a wider reach and ensures an accurate identification of nearby vehicles, even those exiting a car park, regardless of weather conditions. Blind Spot Warning is available as an option.
Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist
Already featured in the Mégane range, Lane Departure Warning is now more effective and paired with Lane Guard System. Activated from 40mph on road journeys, both features work together to warn the driver, or even correct the course of the vehicle, should the car cross into another lane without first using the indicator.
Driver drowsiness detection
Available on certain models, the driver drowsiness detection feature identifies the driver’s tiredness based on steering-wheel movements: Drivers receive an audible and visual warning encouraging them to take a break.
Other features include the optional Park Assist, reversing camera, Easy Park Assist, cruise-controller with speed limiter, automatic high-beam assist headlights and Traffic Sign Recognition continue to feature in the New Mégane range.
E-TECH PLUG-IN HYBRID ENGINE: THE NEW MÉGANE IN THE AGE OF PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES WITH E-TECH PLUG-IN TECHNOLOGY
The New Mégane offers a new powertrain with the introduction of 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 core-market plug-in hybrid technology
Renault, a leader and expert in electric mobility, brings its expertise to the New Mégane with the 160hp E-TECH Plug-in hybrid engine, a unique energy-recovery technology that draws directly on our Formula One expertise to offer a unique driving experience.
Available initially on the New Mégane Sport Tourer, the E-TECH Plug-in engine will subsequently later be offered on the hatchback version.
Formula One experience and electric expertise
The E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid technology was developed by Renault engineers and has 150 patents. It uses components designed by the Alliance, like 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 design draws on the experience of the Renault Formula One Team, which shared its energy-management expertise (energy recovered during deceleration and braking is used to recharge the battery outside charging cycles) so that the E-TECH Plug-in engine offers maximum energy efficiency. Paired with a braking system developed by Renault’s electric vehicle experts, the New Mégane features optimum electric efficiency on the road: systematically starting in electric mode, it offers noiseless comfort when driving, immediate dynamic responsiveness for a unique driving pleasure and minimised energy loss.
Versatility and fuel economy
The E-TECH Plug-in engine with its 9.8kWh (400V) battery means that the New Mégane can run on full-electric mode for 30 miles in mixed cycle (WLTP) and 40 miles in urban cycle (WLTP City).
The New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in is versatile. It can run without using fuel on regular shorter trips, then take you away on longer journeys with the flexibility of using both petrol and electric power. The New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid benefits from key advantages of the E-TECH Hybrid system – systematic start in electric mode and lower consumption – even when the battery is not charged.
In mixed cycle, the New Mégane E-TECH Plug-In emits less than 40g/km of CO2 (WLTP figure pending final approval).
The New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in features specific Multi-Sense settings with three driving modes:
– Pure: available in the on-screen settings or by pushing a special button on the dashboard, it switches to full-electric mode provided there is enough power.
– MySense: it optimises the hybrid mode for lower running costs. Its “E-Save” feature helps to save battery power (at least 40 per cent) so that it can switch to full-electric mode when required for driving in city centres, for example.
– Sport: it allows drivers to take advantage of maximum performance by combining the power of the three engines.
Finally, although part of the boot is dedicated to cable storage, the New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in retains all its practicality and boot volume ranging from 434 to 1,247 litres.
INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES
The New Mégane offers a selection of petrol and diesel internal combustion engines with a wide range of power levels and a choice of manual or automatic transmission, to suit all types of use.
1.3 TCe FAP petrol engine
In petrol, the New Mégane still offers the Alliance 1.3 TCe with a particulate filter with a 140hp engine offering the choice between six-speed manual transmission and dual-clutch seven-speed EDC automatic transmission.
1.5 Blue dCi diesel engine
In diesel, the New Mégane offers 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 for high-mileage drivers.
THE NEW MÉGANE R.S. LINE: A NEW DESIGN TRIM INSPIRED BY RENAULT SPORT
R.S. Line, the new design trim of the Mégane range, replaces the previous GT Line trim.
The R.S. Line trim is more than a simple change of name. Its exterior design and interior adopt a sportier look that meets the demands of a growing numbers of customers looking for highly distinctive and vibrant design.
The New Mégane R.S. Line shows shared kinship with R.S models, reflected in the use of the external and internal design codes most strongly identified with the Renault Sport brand.
On the outside, the New Mégane R.S. Line features the F1 blade, the iconic signature of R.S. models. It also stands out for its honeycomb front-end grille and its special Monthlery 17-inch or optional Magny-Cours 18-inch alloy wheels. The tail is more muscular, with two exhaust tail pipes on the New Mégane hatchback and one chrome tail pipe on the New Mégane Estate.
On the inside, the trim’s hallmark features are the sport seats with additional lateral support, carbon-look inserts, a sporty perforated leather steering wheel stamped with the double R.S diamond and a sporty aluminium pedal unit. A black environment set off by new red and grey topstitching and edging on the seats and the gear lever turns the driver’s seat into a real cockpit.
With these additional sport features, the New Mégane R.S. Line design trim enables customers to feel even more strongly associated with Renault’s racing heritage.
MÉGANE, A RENAULT SPORT ICON
The Mégane owes its reputation and success to its sport versions. It has been a benchmark for high-performance sport hatchbacks since 2004 and the Mégane R.S. celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2019. The dynamic and sport versions, Mégane R.S. and R.S. Trophy, have been revamped.
THE NEW MÉGANE R.S.: A benchmark for sportiness
The New Mégane R.S. adopts a range centred on the Sport chassis and the same single 300hp (220kW) 1.8 turbocharged direct-injection engine as the Trophy version. This engine, the result of Alliance synergies, is also featured on the Alpine A110. The torque has also increased to 420Nm (+30Nm) on EDC transmission models and 400Nm on manual transmission models. Increased power gives better acceleration, including at high revs, while best-of-class torque increases driving pleasure and driving comfort.
The New Mégane R.S. exhaust system now includes a mechanical valve to adjust the soundtrack. The hallmark features of the Mégane R.S are still present, including the 4CONTROL frame for maximum agility in sharp turns and stability in fast curves, and a new R.S. Monitor available as an option, which displays many car settings in real time, such as acceleration, braking, steering-wheel angle, 4CONTROL system operation, temperatures and pressures, etc.
The New Mégane R.S. also benefits from the new features added to the entire range, with the integration of the new 9.3-inch screen and the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system, as well as the new 10.2-inch TFT digital speedometer.
For driver-assistance systems the New Mégane R.S. is fitted with Lane Departure Warning, adaptive speed control (with Stop & Go on the EDC transmission version) and the Active Emergency Braking System now featuring an extension of the advanced emergency braking system for city driving and pedestrian detection.
THE NEW MÉGANE R.S TROPHY: For even sharper sportiness
The New Mégane R.S. Trophy, a benchmark for ultra-high-performance hatchbacks, is designed for racing. It stands out for its now-exclusive Cup frame, coupled with a 1.8-litre, 300hp turbo engine.
Compared with the Sport chassis of the New Mégane R.S, the chassis Cup features a mechanical Torsen® limited-slip differential which improves cornering control and driveability when exiting corners. It features shock absorbers and suspension springs whose stiffness has been increased by 25 per cent and 30 per cent respectively, and an anti-roll bar with a 10 per cent higher setting than on Mégane R.S.
The New Mégane R.S. Trophy retains its bi-material front brake discs. Lighter and more efficient, they provide better heat dissipation when used on an intensive basis for optimum endurance. The red Brembo® callipers are still there, making this version stand out visually.
The highly popular sensual and sporty design of the New Mégane R.S. Trophy has been revamped with new LED headlights. It also stands out for its rear side privacy glass, its shark fin antenna, its electrochromic rear-view mirror and the R.S. Monitor as a standard feature.
Inside, the sporty Alcantara design has been upgraded with a new red/gris technique (technical grey) environment. The sportier Recaro seats are an exclusive option for this Trophy version.
The Mégane R.S. TROPHY-R: three new records in 2019 and several awards
In 2019, the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R limited edition took lap records on three exceptional race tracks: the famous Nürburgring NordSchleife, Spa-Francorchamps and Suzuka. Enough to assure the high-performance credentials of this most radical version of the Mégane R.S range.
A success also hailed by the press, he Mégane R.S. Trophy-R won three prestigious awards in 2019:
– Performance Car of the Year – Top Gear
– Sport model of the year – Échappement
– Sport model of the year – L’Argus