Renault will unveil an up to date Megane later this yr, with a plug-in hybrid variant, due as a part of the agency’s fast electrification growth, noticed for the primary time.
The Ford Focus rival first went on sale in 2016, however the competitors has moved on since then. A brand new Ford Focus has since arrived, with the next-generation Volkswagen Golf and Seat Leon due subsequent yr. Renault up to date the Kadjar SUV late final yr, just lately revealed a tweaked Koleos, and can launch an all-new Clio and Captur later this yr.
Just like the mechanically-related Kadjar, anticipate a refined design evolution for the up to date Megane. The entrance finish bears essentially the most disguise, suggesting alterations to the grille, headlights and bumper. On the rear, a reshaped tailgate and LED lighting profile will assist to foster the acquainted resemblance with the 2019 Clio.
One thing else shared with the Clio, and a primary for the Megane in any guise, shall be a brand new hybridised variant. Launching in 2020, it should type a vital a part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance’s Drive the Future plan, which is concentrating on 20 electrified Renaults to hit the market by 2022.
As an alternative of utilizing the Clio’s cheaper, less complicated standard hybrid system, the Megan will make use of a extra superior plug-in powertrain. It would use a turbocharged petrol engine with a brand new electrical motor system, anticipated to be mated to an progressive clutchless transmission fairly than the extra typical CVT.
It will likely be related to the system launched on the subsequent Captur SUV, and will permit an all-electric vary of round 30 miles. We will see that this prototype incorporates a charging plug on the left-hand aspect of the automobile, complimenting the gasoline filler on the right-hand aspect.
The hybrid will sit alongside a well-recognized vary of petrol and diesel engines, together with the brand new 1.zero and 1.Three-litre turbocharged items present in every little thing from the brand new Clio to (in 1.Three-litre type) the Mercedes A-Class. A spread of diesels may even function.
Alongside the powertrain additions, anticipate a slicker inside with higher-grade supplies, improved infotainment and new digital dials, alongside an improved suite of driver help options. Count on to see the brand new Megane at September’s Frankfurt motor present earlier than it arrives at dealerships in early 2020.
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