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.
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.
2019 Renault Captur Coupe
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.
2018 Renault Clio R.S. 16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Renault unveiled the third generation Megane in 2008 and, although experiencing some great sales, is now up for a little refreshing. Renault isn’t planning anything big, but the Megane will receive just enough changes to keep the vehicle current and relevant in the market. The first prototypes for this refresher - a five-door hatchback and the Gran Tour - were recently caught doing some hot weather testing in Southern Europe.
Despite the heavy camouflage, the facelift Megane can be seen with a bigger lift that will incorporate the new Renault family look, a slightly modified bumper, and new graphics on the rear lights. These will more than likely be the only changes the hatchback will see. The engine lineup will stay the same, meaning customers can choose between the usual petrol and diesel engines. That being said, rumors are suggesting that the Megane will also be getting a new 1.5 liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with an output of about 110 HP.
Launched on the market in 1996, the Renault Scenic is currently in its third generation. And although the third generation Scenic has only been out on the market for a little over a year, the company is preparing it for a bigger facelift. The revised vehicle has been caught testing somewhere in France and as the spy images show, Renault is trying its best to get the Scenic up to par with the latest MPVs coming out.
While the prototype caught testing is heavily camouflaged, expect the final product to have an exterior design matching that of Renault’s latest concept cars. As for the engine line-up, Expect the same engines as found in the current seven seater model, along with an extra engine thrown in for good measure. Renault will be offering a new 1.6 turbo diesel "dci Energy" with a total output of 130 HP.
Expect the new Scenic in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.