Renault updates Megane with plug-in power

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Words: Nile Bijoux
4 Feb 2020

Renault has given the Megane range a mid-life update, consisting of minor styling changes, new tech and a plug-in hybrid variant.

There aren’t many obvious changes to the styling, with the major edits consisting of full-LED lights at each end. Every Megane model gets this update, which improves visibility by a claimed 30 per cent compared to halogen headlights. Subtle grille changes, a quietly revised bumper, new 16- and 18-inch wheel designs and three new paint colours round out the exterior changes.

Inside is a new 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster along with a 9.2-inch infotainment screen in portrait orientation. Additionally, there is a rimless rearview mirror but only on higher-specced models.

Under the metal is a more interesting place to look. The new ‘E-Tech’ Megane gets a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to two electric motors and a 9.8kWh battery pack. No power figures were released but the plug-in Megane can run for up to 50km on electric power only, at speeds of up to 135km/h.

Meanwhile, other members of the Megane range will come with the 1.3-litre TCe petrol engine in 85kW, 104kW and 119kW tunes. A new eco-friendly 75kW engine will be offered in Europe as well. A six-speed manual transmission is the only go for the sub-100kW options while anything faster gets an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Meanwhile, the GT Line is being replaced by the R.S. Line, which is essentially a styling package aping the full-fat R.S. models.

Mention of which, the 2020 Megane R.S. gets a bump in power to 220kW while torque increases to 420Nm for dual-clutch models or 400Nm for manual versions. A new mechanical valve in the exhaust system should uncork a bit more noise as well.

Finally, the R.S. Trophy gets the same styling and tech revisions inside and out as the other members of the range as well as optional Recaro seats.

As for our local range, Renault is currently only offering the R.S. Megane but is evaluating the prospects of the new PHEV version for the future. In the meantime, the plug-in Captur and Clio are both on their way for launches this year.

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