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2020 Renault Megane R.S.

2020 Renault Megane R.S.

Renault’s go-fast Megane R.S. hot hatch is in for a mid-life nip and tuck

Revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the current-generation Renault Megane R.S. is due for its mid-life nip and tuck. The coming of such a revamped model is backed up by a set of photos sent it by our spy photographers, who caught the French hot hatch completely free of camouflage during what looks a lot like a pre-production test run.

In all fairness, we don’t expect Renault to operate a lot of changes on the facelifted Megane R.S., which is already a mature model both in terms of exterior design and drivetrain. The cockpit, however, does leave some room for improvement especially in the technology and material quality areas. Renault knows this all too well and is surely working to tweak things in this regard, but take a closer look at the spy shots and you’ll spot a couple of other cosmetic changes as well. Let’s check them out.

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2020 Renault Megane

2020 Renault Megane

Refreshed Renault Megane looks more grown up both inside and out

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.

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2019 Renault Clio SUV

2019 Renault Clio SUV

Renault is preparing to launch a small crossover based on the next Clio city car, aiming to woo buyers away from the Ford Fiesta Active, Hyundai i20 Active and other similar small high-riders. What’s a bit strange is that the French automaker already has just such a vehicle in its range, called the Captur, but apparently, this one is going to be placed under it in the model lineup.

We also don’t yet know what Renault wants to call this new model, whether it will use the Clio SUV or a completely new name. One thing’s certain - it won’t be merely a Clio with extra ground clearance and body cladding; its body is taller and looks different compared to the fifth-gen Clio we’ve seen in another batch of spy photos.

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2019 Renault Captur Coupe

2019 Renault Captur Coupe

French automaker is looking to introduce a coupe-crossover for the masses

Renault’s got big plans for its Captur lineup, and it seems that one of those plans involve rolling out a new coupe-crossover that will make its debut in concept form at the 2018 Moscow Motor Show. The French automaker has rolled out at the first teaser of the concept, but more importantly, a heavily camouflaged test prototype has been seen rolling on the streets recently. By all accounts, this test mule is an early production version of the Moscow-bound concept that we will see this August. It’s already pegged to get the Captur Coupe name, and it will likely be shared with Dacia using the same nameplate.

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What is Renault Doing with this Weird and Cobbled Mule Wearing a Kadjar Body?

What is Renault Doing with this Weird and Cobbled Mule Wearing a Kadjar Body?

Could this be a new SUV that the French automaker has on the pipeline?

The Renault Kadjar is a relatively new model in the crossover segment. It only made its debut in 2015 and has only been on the market for a few years. I bring this up because our excellent spy photographers managed to capture a peculiar-looking Renault SUV that looks awfully like the Kadjar, except that it isn’t. Could this be a new SUV that Renault is planning to launch in the near future?

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2018 Renault Clio R.S. 16

2018 Renault Clio R.S. 16

The French firm is working on a new, beefed-up Clio

The fourth-generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Highlighted by a significantly redesigned body and interior, the new hatchback also received brand-new and updated engines. Another major change is that unlike its predecessors, it’s only available in five-door hatchback and wagon versions, with Renault having dropped the three-door hatch and four-door sedan variants. Underpinned by the ubiquitous Alliance B platform co-developed with Nissan, the fourth-gen hatch also spawned a new track-ready model, the R.S. 200, as well as a limited-edition R.S. 220 Trophy EDC. Come 2016, and Renault is working on an even more extreme version of the Clio R.S..

The upcoming hot-hatch was just spotted testing in Europe and by the looks of things it is heavily based on the Clio R.S. 16 concept that Renault unveiled at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix in May 2016. Named after the company’s 2016 season F1 car, the R.S. 16 was created to mark the Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the brand’s return as a Formula One team. The concept features unique styling features on the outside, while motivation comes from Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, a significant update over the Clio R.S. 220 Trophy, the most powerful production Clio to date.

Even though Renault has yet to confirm that the R.S. 16 is set to become a production model, the hatchback’s presence on public roads alongside the upcoming Alpine sports car suggests that Renault wants to take things up a notch when it comes to its small hatchback. Not much is known about it as of this writing and the "R.S. 16" name is not yet official, but we’ve come up with a speculative piece about what this beefed-up Clio might bring to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Clio R.S. 16.

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2017 Renault Alpine Mule Caught Testing: Spy Shots

2017 Renault Alpine Mule Caught Testing: Spy Shots

Our intrepid snappers recently caught what we believe to be a 2016 Renault Alpine test mule doing its best impression of a 2012-2015 Lotus Exige S. While we can’t draw many conclusions about the Alpine’s final shape from this heavily camouflaged prototype, we can say with utmost certainty that the bulbous rear bumper is definitely not a stock Exige item. That and the vents in the lower portion of the blacked-out rear window indicate the Alpine could have a rear-engine layout like its ancestors.

What engine will be back there is somewhat of a mystery, but we have previously speculated that it will be the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy.. It’s compact enough to fit behind the rear axle and light enough to not negatively impact weight distribution. It produces 271 horsepower in its hot-hatch application, but it’s mooted to produce around 300 horsepower for the Alpine. Either that or a newly developed 1.8-liter with up to 296 horsepower.

Renault unveiled a concept version of the new Alpine, called the 2015 Renault Alpine Celebration Concept at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, but we also recently put together a rendering of what we think the final product will look like. The 1961-1973 Alpine A110 built between 1961 and 1977 is a clear influence, but it’s not overtly retro. Like the A110, it will have integrated fog lamps in the front bumper, compact dimensions and a sporty fastback profile that flows seamlessly into the rear.

Also like the A110, low mass is likely to be a priority. Expect a sub-2,400-pound weight, which should help provide exceptional agility and acceleration. This is one we’re really looking forward too.

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Spy Shots: Renault Alpine Mule Caught in Lotus Clothing

Spy Shots: Renault Alpine Mule Caught in Lotus Clothing

We have known for quite some time that Renault has been preparing to revive the Alpine brand; however, with exception to the Alpine A110-50 Concept announced back in 2012, all we have been able to do so far is speculate. That all changes today, as our spy photographers managed to catch the Renault Alpine mule out for its first known testing session.

You may wonder why this Renault Alpine looks so much like a Lotus sports car. Well, that is the purpose of a mule, as this sexy British-built body is carefully hiding the Alpine’s French technology, especially the chassis that that rides beneath this widened Lotus shell.

The test group was caught at the Swedish company, Öhlins, alongside several other models from Renault Sport, including the Megane RS and Clio — A Lotus among this group is about as out of place as a Camaro on a Ford showroom.

We expect the new Renault Alpine to be unveiled sometime in 2015 and to hit the market at a price of about $50k.

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2015 Renault SUV

2015 Renault SUV

If you remember when Renault announced the new Captur it has also been confirmed a new, larger SUV based on theNissan Quashqai is also under development. Today, we have what appear to be the first spy shots of this next SUV. At first look, this mule might look a lot like the next generation Renault Scenic, but at a closer look you will notice that this is not the case.

When the production version of the next SUV finally makes its debut you will notice it has nothing in common with the Scenic body this mule uses. There are, of course, some differences that make us sure this is a new SUV and not a revised Scenic. First of all, it rides on bigger wheels and rides higher than a normal Scenic. Also, it has some auxiliary weights on the roof and front fenders to simulate a higher weight distribution.

Just like Renault did with the Captur, we expect to see a first concept version later this year, with the production to be revealed at the Paris Auto Show in 2014.

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2013 Renault Scenic "Cross"

2013 Renault Scenic "Cross"

How many of you remember the old Renault Scenic RX? For those of you who don’t remember, it was an attempt – a rather unsuccessful one — made by Renault back in 2000 to give the Renault Scenic an off-road look.

Renault has decided to apply the same treatment to the new-generation Scenic, but slightly toned down. When compared to the old RX version, which had a spare wheel mounted at the back of the car and offered a four-wheel-drive system, the new version will just have robust-looking bumpers, wider wheel arches and a slightly raised suspension.

Since the "Cross" look is getting more and more fans and more manufactures than ever are expanding their lineups with "Cross" or Allroad versions, Renault is also jumping on that train and its new model will most likely carry the same name.

Expect to see the new Renault Scenic "Cross" launched in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show.

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2013 Renault Clio Wagon

2013 Renault Clio Wagon

It looks like the new generation Renault Clio will get more than its fair share of body styles. Next to the standard version, the RS version, and the Gordini version spied by our photographers, it looks like the new Clio is also going to receive a station wagon variant.

The upcoming Clio Wagon has been caught testing somewhere in Eastern Europe, and despite its heavy camouflage, the model looks to be almost identical to the hatchback version, except of course, for its elongated trunk.

Under the hood, we will see the same engine line-up as in the hatchback: a base 90 HP 0.9-liter 3-cylinder engine, a 90 HP 1.5-liter dCi turbo diesel engine, and a 120 HP 1.2 liter four-cylinder engine. All engines will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Of course, the station wagon version won’t get an RS version, so customers looking for a sportier model will have to stick to the hatchback.

The new Renault Clio Wagon will make its official debut in early 2013.

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Spy Shots: Renault Clio RS Goes Testing in White

Spy Shots: Renault Clio RS Goes Testing in White

The first spy shots of an almost completely naked Renault Clio RS just popped up yesterday, but the testing has resumed again today with a new testing model featuring a cool white exterior paint. As revealed yesterday, the future Clio RS will feature a more aggressive exterior look with bigger air intakes in the front bumper and bigger wheels and brakes. It will also have two big exhaust pipes, one on each side.

As for the engine lineup, rumors suggest that the upcoming Clio RS will be offered with turbocharged versions of the engines found in the standard Clio. This means we will get a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 turbocharged tCe four-cylinder engines with outputs taken up to an impressive 200 HP. A new 900 cc three cylinder engine will be added to the line-up, but power for this engine will undoubtedly be much lower.

Expect to see the new Renault Clio RS launched sometime in 2013.

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2013 Renault Clio Gordini

2013 Renault Clio Gordini

Fresh from testing its upcoming Renault Clio RS, Renault took out its new Clio for a few testing rounds of its own. Our spy photographers are suggesting that this new model might be called "Gordini," and will be launched alongside the Clio RS sometime in 2013.

At first glance, this new prototype may look exactly like the Clio RS, but upon closer inspection, you will notice a sporty looking front bumper with big air intakes. This new bumper features a different design than in the RS, but will have similar characteristics. Also, while the RS features two big exhaust pipes - one on each side - the Clio Gordini will have a twin exhaust on the left side only.

The new Renault Clio Gordini will be placed under the upcoming Clio RS, meaning that it will deliver a little less power than the RS.

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Spy Shots: Renault Clio RS Stripped of its Camouflage

Spy Shots: Renault Clio RS Stripped of its Camouflage

Renault engineers have been testing the more powerful version of the current Clio for some time, but we were finally able to get pictures of the future Clio RS devoid of any camouflage. As you can see from these pictures, the RS version will feature a more aggressive exterior look with bigger air intakes in the front bumper and bigger wheels and brakes. At the rear, you will also notice two big exhaust pipes, one on each side.

As for the engine lineup, expect to see turbocharged versions of the engines found in the standard Clio. This means we will get a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 turbocharged tCe four-cylinder engines with outputs taken up to an impressive 200 HP. It is also being rumored that a new 900 cc three cylinder engine will be added to the line-up.

The new Renault Clio RS will debut sometime in 2013.

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2013 Renault Fluence

2013 Renault Fluence

The Renault Fluence was only unveiled back in September 2009, but its youthful history isn’t safe from any early modifications. The French company is already working on a facelift version for the compact sedan, mainly due to the fact that Renault has changed its family identity and most of their models in the process.

As you can see from these spy shots, only the Fluence’s front end has been disguised in its entirety, meaning that that is where we will find the biggest changes. The car’s new front end will get the big Renault symbol in the grille as well as a re-designed front bumper. The headlights will also be redesigned and will be integrated with LED-day-driving lights.

Since the rear end of the vehicle is not entirely camouflaged, we only expect to see small changes. The rear bumper looks as tough it is unchanged, but the fact that the rear lights are camouflaged could mean that they will get some changes in the graphics.

The facelift Renault Fluence will be unveiled by the end of 2012.

UPDATE 09/26/12: If you’re still wondering what’s hiding under that camouflage of what’s supposed to be the new Renault Fluence, wonder no more. Autocosmos.com released a promo video of the new Fluence in all its glory, no less. Check it out by clicking on the photo above!

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Spy Shots: Renault Clio heads out for more testing without some of its camouflage

Spy Shots: Renault Clio heads out for more testing without some of its camouflage

The 2013 Renault Clio went out testing just the other day, but it seems the French company wasn’t very happy about the results as they took it out again for another round of testing. As you can see, the car has been rid of some of its camouflage here and there and that nasty engine bump we’ve seen in the previous prototype is also missing.

The 2013 Renault Clio will benefit from a new exterior design that includes new headlamps, a redesigned front bumper, and a new rear. The interior will also receive some important changes, including the addition of higher quality materials, new safety features, and, of course, some of the latest technologies.

As for the engine line-up, customers will get a choice of 1.2 and 1.4 turbocharged tCe four-cylinder engines along with a new 900 cc three cylinder engine producing 85 HP. Diesel fans will enjoy a 1.5 dCi i4 which produces between 75 to 105 HP, plus a new 1.2 L turbocharged three-cylinder engine delivering 80 and 98 HP.

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