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KIA: Now it's the edgy, wedgy Koup

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Advertorial: Renault Megane range

2010-04-12 09:40
Renault South Africa has added an advanced, highly efficient turbocharged engine to its new-generation Mégane range.

Designated TCe (an acronym for Turbo Control efficiency), the new 1,4-litre engine links superior efficiency and fuel economy to high specific output and low operating and maintenance costs. It features twin overhead camshafts and 16 valves.

The 1.4TCe powerplant expresses the latest, high-tech approach to advanced engine design, which favours smaller capacities, high efficiency and turbocharging to reduce emissions and consumption without compromising output and resultant performance.  In addition, the power unit has been optimised for high torque at low engine speeds, ensuring instant response with no lag, and a linear power delivery. It is available on both the five-door Mégane Hatchback and three-door Mégane Coupé.

In real terms, the 1 397 cc four-cylinder unit performs to levels comparable with a normally aspirated 1,8-litre powerplant, with a power output of 96 kW, and a torque peak of 190 Nm, which is equal to that of a 2,0-litre unit. Drive is to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox with closely-spaced ratios to emphasise the engine’s athletic character.

This 1.4Tce accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9,5 seconds, but while the hatch attains a 200 km/h top speed, the more aerodynamic coupé manages 205 km/h.

Fuel consumption is impressive, with a combined cycle consumption figure of 6.5 litres/100 km, while CO2 emissions come to 153 g/km.

The TCe engine employs an aluminium block and cylinder head, and is equipped with a single-scroll turbocharger. The intake port profile has been adapted to promote optimum combustion for enhanced torque at low engine speeds, without compromising maximum power.

The continuously variable camshaft angle at the intake port also contributes to improved performance throughout the rev range, while reducing fuel consumption. Oil jets are employed to cool the pistons in the interests of long-term service life and reliability.

The new 1.4 TCe powerplant has the added benefit of ranking among the best in class in terms of running and maintenance costs.

Oil and oil filter change intervals are every 30 000 km (or every two years), while the air filter and spark plugs need changing every 60 000 km (or every four years). The accessory drive belt only needs changing every 150 000 km (or every six years).

As with all Renault models, the Mégane Hatch 1.4TCe and Mégane Coupé 1.4TCe are both covered by an industry-best warranty and service plan package. This consists of a five-year/150 000 km warranty, and a five-year/100 000 km service plan.

With the introduction of the high-tech 1.4TCe, Renault has further enhanced the appeal of its new-generation Mégane Hatch and Mégane Coupé ranges.  Featuring sleek styling, impeccable road manners and a comprehensive array of standard equipment, the line-ups already offer a compelling motoring package with a strong value proposition.

The range has already enjoyed strong public response and sales success since being launched in SA, and the arrival of these 1.4TCE-powered models will add further zest and impetus to demand for the line-up locally.

The full range now comprises five models, straddling two body shapes and three engine choices:

Mégane Hatch 1.6 Dynamique        R219 900
Mégane Hatch 1.4TCe Dynamique    R249 900
Mégane Hatch 1.9dCi Dynamique    R264 900
Mégane Coupé 1.6 Dynamique        R224 900
Mégane Coupé 1.4 TCe Dynamique    R254 900



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