2020 Renault Megane
Renault has been selling the current Megane unchanged since the current generation was launched back in 2016. Then, it attracted a lot of attention with its bold LED daytime running lights, wrap-around rear light clusters (that almost created a full-width light bar) and upmarket-feeling interior with its large portrait-style touchscreen infotainment screen.
Now, the manufacturer has brought the Megane in for its midlife makeover, in order to keep it looking fresh and to bring its look in line with that of newer models in the range (like the all-new generation Clio subcompact). The facelifted Megane features redesigned headlights (with a different but equally bold LED signature), a revised grille and front bumper, as well as a new rear light cluster design; the rear bumper may also be different, but if so, then the difference is so subtle we can’t really spot it.
Its interior has also been updated, but the biggest change can be found under the revised Megane’s hood. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be offered for the first time, as Renault continues the quest to electrify as much of its range as possible - this was to be expected, though, since the new Clio can also be had as a hybrid, so electrifying the Megane was a logical next step.
2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R
The 2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R is about as close as it gets to being the cap stone for the front-wheel drive hot hatch pyramid. It is the most extreme version of the current Megane RenaultSport and it makes the regular model look tame and watered down by comparison.
It is the even more extreme version of the Megane R.S. 300 Trophy, which, in turn, is more hardcore than the base Megane RenaultSport. The 300 Trophy already has plenty of go-faster mods, such as a standard Torsen limited-slop differential, a stiffer suspension setup complete with trick dampers that feature a hydraulic bumptstop, as well as bigger brakes and extra power extracted out of its 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder.
The Trophy-R takes things a step further: most of its performance gain comes from the weight shedding of 130 kilograms (286 pounds) and some enhanced aero. Renault engineers also removed the 4Control four-wheel steering system not only to make the car lighter, but to also give it a more consistent feel when driven quickly around a track. This and other mods result is a car that currently holds the front-wheel drive lap record around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which is no surprise, because that’s what it was designed to do (and also be the quickest and most focused vehicle of its type).
It’s also definitely got future classic written all over it. Only 500 examples will be made, all with a manual six-speed gearbox, stripped out interior (with a deleted back seat) and unique graphics. The high asking price might put some off it, but for those hardcore enthusiasts who are willing to spend more than 50 percent more on a Trophy-R than they would on the regular RenaultSport Megane (in order for the car to come fitted with the Nürburgring Record Pack), the difference will be worth it.
2018 Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy
The Renault Megane was most recently redesigned in 2016. Sportier than ever on the outside, it gained a modern interior with the latest tech and a range of revised engines. Two years have passed since then and Renault finally gave the fourth-generation Megane the long-awaited Trophy treatment.
Crafted by the Renault Sport division, also known as R.S., the new Trophy replaces the R.S. 275 Trophy model that the French firm offered between 2014 and 2017. Naturally, the new Megane Trophy is not only more aggressive on the outside, but it’s also more powerful. As usual, it’s built on the race-bred Cup chassis, which makes it a road-legal race car. The 275 Trophy-R holds track records for FWD cars on many circuits, including the Nurburgring, Suzuka, and Fuji. Will the new Trophy set new benchmarks? Probably. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at its design and drivetrain in the review below.
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All Changes Contrived by Renault Sport To Brew The Hardcore Megane RS Trophy
I can only infer that the importance of hot hatches in Europe is on par with the importance of muscle cars in the U.S. They are a must-have for every company that wants to do any business there. Renault and its division - Renault Sport - always did a really good job in this department with the overachieving Clio RS and Megane RS cars. Today, a new one emerged. Following the habits of the past, Renault Sport revealed the new Megane RS Trophy. It’s a car based on the regular RS but bathed with small tweaks to make it ever so faster, hardcore, and slightly meaner. It is a track weapon that tackles the monstrosity of the Honda Civic Type R, or the sophisticated gem the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is. I will go even further and give Hyundai the courtesy of joining this exclusive group with its stunning Hyundai i30 N. I am fairly certain that the Megane RS and the Megane RS Trophy are fighting for supremacy with it too.
This is the most powerful production car Renault Sport has unveiled up to this point. The RS 1.8-liter turbocharged engine has been tuned with F1 tech and is now producing 296 horsepower. This is not the end of it as I suspect the Megane RS Trophy-R will come sometime in the future.
2018 Renault Megane R.S.
Renault Shifted the Megane into a new generation for the 2016 model year, bring about an all-new look that was more refined and sportier than ever. For 2018, it was time to introduce the all-new Megane R.S., a model that puts the rest of the hot hatch segment in check with its wide stance, unique body lines, commanding front end, and a motorsport-inspired, functional rear diffuser. And, at around $37,000 at current exchange rates, it’s an affordable proposition as well.
2017 Renault Megane Sedan
The Renault brand has been doing well in recent years, with the brand’s revenue, operating income, profit, total assets, and total equity all well in the green at the end of 2015. For 2016, Renault ushered in a new generation of the Megane hatchback and, to be quite honest, it is the Megane the world has been waiting for. The hatchback is now longer and wider than before, which gives it an awesome stance, new exterior light units, and interior design cues from the 2016 Renault Tailsman. A total of six engines were available at launch ranging between 90 and 205 horsepower, depending on configuration. The standard Megane was the first to be announced and was followed by a GT and an Estate version, and not the company has just announced the Megane Sedan.
As a sedan, the car features the same front end as the hatch along with an identical side profile up to the rear doors. After that, the sedan takes on its own styling cues. The big news is that the Sedan features panoramic roof which, according to Renault, isn’t available on any vehicle in this segment. The sedan will be produced at the Bursa plant in Turkey and will be sold in at least 20 countries. As such, it will have a decent range of engines consisting of two gasoline mills and two diesel mills that offer up between 90 and 130 horsepower, depending on market.
With that said, let’s take a look at the new Megane Sedan and talk a little about it in the review below.
Update: 07-16-2016: Now that Renault finally has a proper sedan, we decided to put together a short video to cover all the highlights of the brand’s latest edition. Click play on the video above to learn more about the Megane Sedan.
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2016 Renault Megane Estate
The fourth-generation Renault Megane made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It shares the same mid-sized car platform as the 2015 Nissan Pulsar, but unlike its Japanese cousin, the French hatchback is quite exciting to look at thanks to the brand’s new design DNA, which debuted on the Talisman midsize sedan. The new Megane also received a new GT version, which is not as powerful as the RS, but features a sportier body kit and a dual-clutch gearbox. With the entire hatchback lineup already in dealerships, Renault has introduced the Megane Estate at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Essentially a longer version of the hatch with extra legroom for rear-seat passengers and a bigger trunk, the Megane Estate will look to give wagon versions of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus a run for their money. With a dynamic, elegant design, fuel-efficient engines, technology usually found in higher segments, and a sporty GT variant, the new Megane Estate is a significant departure from it predecessor. But does it have what it takes to take the iconic Golf Variant down in Europe? Read our review to find out.
Updated 03/07/2016: We added a series of new images plus full specifications details on the new Renault Megane Estate.
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This is the season for cold weather testing, which is exactly why our photographers have been busy snapping spy shots. Just recently, we got pictures of the 2019 BMW 3 Series, the upcoming Peugeot 3008, the 2017 Audi A3 Hatchback, and we even got a glimpse of the 2018 BMW X5. Today, I am coming to you with new spy shots – this time we have pictures of what we believe to be the next Renault Mégane Sport Tourer.
The Sport Tourer is under heavy camo in these images, but it still looks like it shares a lot of the same design cues of the 2016 Renault Mégane Hatchback that was recently revealed back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Well, that is until you get to the rear doors, and after that, the Sport Tourer takes on its own look. We aren’t aware of any set schedule of the Sport Tourer’s official debut, but with the Mégane Hatchback hitting showrooms soon, the Sport Tourer probably won’t be far behind.
Until we get the chance to see it without all of that deceptive camo, we at least have these spy shots. So, let’s take a deeper look at what we can see through the camo and what we can expect when Renault does lift camo off of this sporty wagon.
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It could be said that Renault invented the hot hatch. The Renault 5 Alpine did debut a few months before the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and even if VW’s offering is currently more popular worldwide, Renault has always offered some strong contenders for the European market. The latest, which was just unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, is the Megane GT. It’s not the fire breathing monster that Renault’s RS hatchbacks are, but it is closely related while making some compromises in the name of practicality and usability, not to mention price.
Renault’s hot hatches have only at times directly competed with VW’s, usually being just different enough from the GTI that it wouldn’t be too diffiuclt a decision to pick one over the other. That is very much not the case with the new Megane GT, which is aimed squarely at the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, and indeed the whole Megane line is of late more of a direct competitor to VW. Renault has always done hatchbacks extremely well, but it’s difficult to ignore the fact that VW has a big share of the hatchback market, especially the hot hatch market, and Renault seems to be gunning to take that away.
Updated 09/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.
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Compared to other hatchbacks in the industry today, the Renault Mégane can be considered a neophyte, having only been around since 1995. In fact, if Renault hadn’t thought of developing a model to succeed the popular Renault 19, the Mégane probably wouldn’t exist today. Yet here we are, 20 years and four generations later, the all-new 2016 Mégane has arrived, ushering in a new era for the steadily improving hatchback.
The fourth-generation Mégane made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It shares the same mid-sized car platform as the 2015 Nissan Pulsar, but unlike its rather mundane-looking cousin, the new Mégane looks about as sharp as any hatchback in the market today. That’s largely attributed to the car receiving Renault’s new design DNA, a characteristic it shares with the 2016 Renault Talisman, the French automaker’s equally exquisite new mid-size luxury sedan. Gone are the days when the mere sight of the Mégane lulled people to sleep. No one’s going to have that problem with the Mégane because this is the Mégane we’ve all been waiting for.
Now that it’s here, the Mégane’s future looks brighter than it’s ever been in the last 20 years. If the hatchback rides as good as it looks, there’s no telling what heights this model can reach, especially when the RS versions come roaring into our lives down the road.
Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.
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The increasing popularity of hot-hatches in Europe has given rise to an arms race of sorts among automakers in that part of the world. At the forefront of this is the Renault Mégane Sport, aka the Mégane RS. Bursting to life in 2004, the Mégane RS has become one of the most highly regarded hot-hatches in the world, including being named the “best hot hatch” by both What Car and Top Gear. Now Renault has launched the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S.
The launch of the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S paints a bright future for a hot-hatch segment that is suddenly welcoming a bunch of these cars into the fold. In addition to the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R and the 2016 Ford Focus RS are two other models in search of some bragging rights.
Supercars and sports cars will still be the preferred vehicles for those looking for high-powered joy rides. But hot-hatches like the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S are proof that customers can still satisfy their appetites for speed without having to dig too far down into their wallets.
The Renault Mégane RS 275 Cup-S will make its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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About a month ago French automaker Renault revealed plans to break the eight-minute mark around the Nurburgring track with a front-wheel-drive vehicle prepped by its performance arm, Renault Sport.
Our first thought went toward a beefed-up version of the Megane as soon as we saw the first teaser shot released by Renault. Now that the vehicle has been finally unveiled, we got confirmation that the French have been working on a new iteration of the RS Trophy.
Developed specifically to regain its Nurburgring record from the Seat Leon SC Cupra 280, which lapped the iconic track in 7:58.4 minutes, the Megane RS 275 Trophy will be sold as a limited-edition hatchback with exclusive features and a slightly more powerful engine.
Renault has yet to announce whether the new Megane Trophy managed to restore its rule on the "Green Hell" and it appears we’ll have to wait for an official statement on June 16. Until then, let’s have a closer look at the hot hatch we won’t be seeing in the United States, where Renault isn’t likely to return too soon.
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Renault’s recent unveiling of the Megane lineup at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show was a welcome surprise, not only for its customers, but for the Megane itself. If that car could talk, it probably let out a huge shriek the moment Renault decided to give it that much-needed facelift.
Now, it’s the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet’s turn and like the top-range RS 265 we saw at Frankfurt, the Megane CC comes with an all new face that made use of the company’s new design philosophy and in doing so, threw away the bland, happy-to-be-there look of its predecessor.
It’s a lot more dynamic and nicer to look at, even though it still doesn’t blow you away. Then again, Renault will take its spoils, one small increment at a time. And it’s not like the coupe-cabriolet market is rife with competition these days. The Volkswagen Eos, a key competitor, is on its way out and the Mazda MX-5 Miata, despite its popularity, has been around longer than a lot of the Bieb’s Beliebers have been alive.
So it’s a good time for Renault to give the Megane CC a facelift. Hopefully for the French brand, it translates to more sales, too.
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Renault unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the new family of Megane models, topping the lineup with the high-performance version: the Renault Sport 265. The model received an updated exterior look that includes a new hood and headlights, plus some elements inspired F1 technology.
If you remember, a special edition Megane RS 265 Trophy smashed the Nurburgring record for front-wheel-drive cars back in 2011, and it was to expected for the new Megane R.S. to pay tribute to that model. From the Trophy model this new Megane R.S. borrows a few design elements, like the 19-inches wheels wrapped in the same Bridgestone high-performance tires used to set the world record.
The model comes equipped with limited-slip differential, front suspension with an independent steering axis and a chassis offered in two configurations — Sport or Cup — allowing the driver to enjoy it at its full potential.
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A few days after Citroen introduced a special-edition RCZ Coupe to the masses, its French sister from another mother, Renault, introduced its own.
This one, though, has been a yearly tradition for the French automaker (at least since last year) owing to its partnership with Formula One’s Red Bull Racing team.
This is the Renault Megane RS Red Bull RB8 Edition. You might recall that last year, Renault released a similar special-edition version for the 2013 Megane RS called the Red Bull RB7 Edition.
One of the most distinctive features of the new special-edition Megane is the Crépuscule Blue finish of the car, the same colors adorning the Red Bull RB8. Keeping with the theme of the model, Red Bull Racing graphics adorn the rear and the sides of the limited-edition car. Platinum Grey details on the F1 blade, door handles, door mirror housing and rear lip spoiler, as well as a monochrome laurel on the rear side windows that celebrate the team’s 2012 Constructors’ world title round out the exterior treatment of the Megane RS Red Bull RB8.
Inside, there are more of the same distinctive features, including Red Bull Racing branding on the numbered aluminum sill guards and carpet mats, as well as Renault’s R-Link and R.S. Monitor 2.0. Also inside are Recaro seats trimmed in an all-new fabric/leather combo with Red Bull Racing logos embroidered on the headrests.
As with any Megane RS, this special edition comes with a 265-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that twists out 250 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to get the hatchback up to 62 mph in 6 seconds and up to a top speed of 158 mph.
The model is expected to be sold in 26 countries at a price of €36,000, which is about $46,300 based on current exchange rates.
Renault has just added a new Megane Limited Edition to its lineup for those customers who want to combine the practicality of a station wagon with sporty performance. The new model will be initially offered in France and will then move on to 11 other markets from Europe to Japan — sadly it won’t make it to the U.S.
The new Megane Estate GT 220 is powered by a Renault Sport 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 220 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The engine is combined with a Stop/Start function that helps it deliver a respectable 32 mpg.
This model will ride on the same sport chassis as the Megane R.S. and will be offered with a sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, and specifically calibrated electric power steering.
Customers will identify the Megane Estate GT 220 special edition by its gloss-black touches on the door mirrors, diffuser, front air scoops, and roof bars. If those extra gloss-black accents aren’t a dead giveaway, the "GT 220" badges sure will give it away. This model will be offered with an exclusive set of gloss-black 18-inch "Serdard" wheels. On the interior, it will add a specific steel gear lever knob and a numbered "GT 220" plate.
Shortly after releasing the Twingo RS Red Bull Racing RB7 and the Clio RS Red Bull Racing RB7, Renault is continuing to expand its Red Bull Racing Edition line-up with a new special edition, this time based on the Megane RS. Sales for the Renault Megane RS Red Bull Racing Edition will be available in 24 countries across Europe and will begin in late Summer 2012.
The special racing edition of the Renault Megane is painted in a very cool Etoile Black exterior color combined with the contrasting use of Renault’s Sport’s emblematic Sirius Yellow for the F1-style front blade, door mirror housings, and diffuser. There is also a black checkered flag pattern decal on the roof and a Red Bull Racing logo on the sides.
For the interior, Renault is offering Recaro bucket seats, a specific gear lever knob, and a numbered plaque. The special edition will also come with a Cup chassis, a limited slip differential, and red brake calipers as standard, as well as an R.S. Monitor that takes its inspiration from the on-board telemetry systems seen in motor racing. This system allows purists to adjust the parameters of the driver aids and benefit from the display of data on the dashboard.
Most people may not remember the Captur Concept Renault unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show - we didn’t either - but AutoExpress refreshed everyone’s memory by reporting that this concept was actually a preview for a new Megane SUV that will be added to the French company’s line-up starting 2015. The Renault Megane SUV will serve as a competitor for models like the Peugeot 3008 and the Nissan Qashqai.
The new Megane SUV will be built thanks to the recent collaboration between Renault and Nissan. It will share most of its design components with Nissan. The SUV will combine design elements from the DeZir concept car, the ZOE electric hatchback, and the recently unveiled Alpine concept car.
Under the hood, Renault will place both petrol and diesel engines, including a 113bhp 1.2-liter turbo and a Nissan 1.6-liter turbodiesel combined with both six-speed manual and dual-clutch auto transmissions. The model will only be offered with a front-wheel drive system.
Prices for the Renault Megane SUV will start from about $25,000.