Stylish makeover for new Megane

2013-12-23 11:35

Renault has given its Megane range a fresh look in a bid to strengthen its new design identity. In case you’re wondering, the Megane will now share a similar face to the Clio.

The automaker says its new range will be launched in January 2014 in Europe.

Gallery: 2014 Renault Megane (hatchback, coupe, GT Line, estate)
Gallery: 2014 Renault Megane RS

The new design sports tweaks to the bumper, grille, head and taillights as well as a new rear. The new Megane also has enlarged Renault badging.


Megane design project manager Jean-Philippe Texier said: “The aim with the new design was to keep the special qualities of each car with a shared bumper skin. With the new boot and new bumper, the Megane range retains its styling harmony with the body sides and rear components.

"The new design identity also gives it a fresh look consistent with the brand’s other cars.”

Renault says its new Megane will be the first to offer its Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) six-speed auto on the TCe 130 petrol engine:  “The auto gearbox combines the comfort of an automatic and the responsiveness and frugality of a manual gearbox. It has no clutch pedal, gear controls are automatic (PRND) with an up/down (+/-) shift mode."

The TCe 130 joins the Energy TCe 115 and picks up eagerly from low revs, making it a real pleasure to drive. It consumes 15% less fuel than the previous TCe 130.

The Energy TCe 115 2.0-litre unit develops 86kW (115hp) and 190Nm. The 1.6-litre Energy dCi 130 engine pushes out 97kW (130hp) and made its debut in 2012.

The Energy dCi 110 diesel engine cuts fuel consumption and CO2 emissions through increased torque, up 20Nm to 260Nm, available from 1750rpm. Power remains the same, at 82kW (110hp) at 4000rpm.


The GT-Line and GT trim models feature a new bumper and the Megane RS will be the first model to include the new RS Replay function.

The Megane RS has been fitted with the RS Replay function available on the RS Monitor 2.0, while the GT trim model can be equipped with the 2.0T Renault Sport 220 engine.

The 2.0 produces 164kW (220hp) and 340Nm and is equipped with a Stop/Start system.

The RS has a 2.0 16V 265 engine, limited-slip differential, independent pivoting front axle and a choice of two chassis - Sport or Cup.

The automaker said the Renault Sport range includes equipment inspired by the limited edition Megane RS Red Bull Racing RB8:
- Recaro seats with dual leather-fabric and Renault Sport-embroidered headrests,
- the Renault R-Link connected multimedia tablet, with the 2.0 version of the RS Monitor 2.0 data acquisition system compatible with the all-new R.S.
- optional 19” wheels in black with a grey border, shod with the high-performance Bridgestone tyres used on Megane Trophy for its record-setting lap at Nurburgring.

An optional RS Design pack comes with special body components in red paint, including the F1 blade, the lower door protections and the rear spoiler.


 The Renault R-Link integrated multimedia tablet is available as an option or standard depending on model and trim level. The system groups all the multimedia functions, including navigation, radio, telephony with Bluetooth and audio streaming and connectivity for mobile devices in 26 languages via an 18cm.

The RS Monitor 2.0, integrated in multimedia touchscreen, includes a set of functions for live display and vehicle data acquisition to be used on circuits. Drivers can download a map of a circuit via a USB key and gain access to automatic timer to monitor their progress.

Drivers can save their data on a USB key and use the RS Replay software, available for PC and Mac. They can “replay” their best track performances, displaying the position of their car on the circuit, power, engine revs, steering wheel angle and pedal travel.

The software can superpose the performance of two drivers and compare them.