BONJOUR, MON VIEIL AMI: The fourth-generation Renault Megane has arrived in South Africa. Image: Wheels24 / Sean Parker
Johannesburg - It's been 20 years since the first-generation Renault Megane arrived in South Africa and since then it has proved to be one of the automaker's most popular models.
The fourth-generation Megane has landed in the country in September 2016 and the Renault hopes its flagship will build on the success of its predecessor.
Four model line-up
Leading the new Megane range is the upgraded GT flagship variant. It's powered by the automaker's 1.6-litre turbo coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) auto and the company’s 4Control chassis four-wheel steering system.
In addition to Renault Multi-sense, full LED technology is exclusive to the Megane GT. Other GT-only features and fitments include leather seats, 18” alloy wheels (plus 17” spare) electronic parking brake and paddle shift, says Renault SA.
Gallery: 2016 Renault Megane
Other models include the 1.2-litre GT-Line with either a manual or auto gearbox, and the 1.6 Dynamique.
Renault Megane Dynamique - R279 900
Renault Megane GT-Line manual - R339 900
Renault Megane GT-Line automatic - R354 900
Renault Megane GT - R449 900
The new Megane line-up:
1 Renault Megane GT
Created by the Renault Sport Team, the top-of-the-range GT’s 1.6-litre engine develops 151kW/280Nm. It is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Fuel consumption is rated at a claimed 6.0-litres/100km with CO2 emissions of 134g/km.
2 Megane GT-Line
The Megane GT-Line, powered by a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine (97kW/205Nm), is available with either a seven-speed auto or six-speed manual transmission.
Fuel consumption is rated at 5.3-litres/100km for the manual and 5.4-litres/100km for the auto, with emissions of 119 and 122g/km respectively.
3 Megane Dynamique
The Megane Dynamique is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine (84kW/156Nm) coupled with a five-speed manual. Fuel consumption is 6.4-litres/100km with emissions of 144g/km.
Tech and features
• 4Control chassis
A first in its segment, says Renault, the Megane GT offers 4Control chassis capable of turning the rear wheels (maximum 3.0° angle) for improved cornering.
• R-Link 2
R-Link 2 is the automaker's next-generation multimedia system, managing the vehicle’s various connectivity functions such as TomTom satnav, telephone, audio, Multi-sense, 4Control and driving aids.
The three Megane GT and GT-Line variants are equipped with R-Link 2 complete with 8.7” vertical multimedia touchscreen display and voice recognition for the navigation system, telephone, and radio. New Megane Dynamique comes with 7” horizontal touchscreen.
Renault’s Multi-sense allows the driver to modify the Megane’s driving dynamics, access the R-Link’s functions and the four pre-defined driving settings, altering the interior lighting, as well as adjusting engine sound.
• Driving Aids
The following driving aids are configured using the R-Link 2 interface:
- Parking distance control
- Hill start assist
- Blind spot warning (optional on GT and GT-Line models)
- Easy park assist (optional on GT and GT-Line models)
Warranties & service plan
The Renault Megane line-up is sold with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. Also standard is a five-year or 90 000km service plan. Services intervals are 15 000km (10 000km for the Megane GT).