The Megane is a compact family car which has been around for more than 15 years already and despite the fact that it started life in a harder manner than most, it quickly became one of the best selling cars in its class. However, the current model has been around in the same exact form since the late 2008, so it is currently the oldest C-segment car on the market. This is going to change in the near future with the release of the 2016 Renault Megane which has been scheduled for the Frankfurt Auto Show which is a few months away. Even though Renault haven’t really said much about their upcoming car, the Megane has been caught testing a few months ago and since then a few details emerged.
2016 Renault Megane review
Firstly, it seems that the car is going to use the same platform as the currently available Nissan Pulsar and it is going to share most of its internal components with it. On top of that, the design of the car is going to be aligned with that of the Clio and the rest of the new models in Renault’s range, so the car will basically have nothing in common with the older model which is always good news because it shows us that Renault is looking to innovate rather than just offer the same car in a slightly different package.
Price and release date
The market release date has been set in the first quarter of 2016 when the car is going to be available in most of the World for the equivalent of roughly $15,000 which is a great price considering it competes with the Golf which is almost 20% more expensive.
2016 Renault Megane engine
Engine wise, the 2016 Renault Megane is going to be available at launch with a few different engines, all aimed at different people. Firstly, the old 1.6 liter 16v engine is going to be discontinued and replaced with a 1.2 liter turbocharged inline 4 which is going to be available with two outputs, a 110 horsepower model as well as a 135 horsepower one. The top of the range RS which is going to be released at a later date is going to be offered with a newly developed 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 with up to 300 horsepower, engine which Renault hopes it will make a good case against cars such as the Type R or the Focus RS. A higher output version of the car is also in the works which may use a 1.6 liter turbocharged inline 4 with up to 200 horsepower, engine which would allow them to tap in the GTI territory. In terms of diesel engines, the same 1.5 liter engine is likely going to be the only available option at launch with either with 110 or 130 horsepower.
Just as we said, the exterior of the 2016 Renault Megane is going to change a lot from the current version. Early details suggest that it will borrow a lot from the design of the Clio or the Captur. The front end will get the same type of grille as the Clio but the headlights are likely going to be different in order to give the car more flair. On top of that, just like the previous model, the doors are likely going to feature plastic inserts that should not only make the car look more unique but they also should offer some protection.
Interior of 2016 Megane
Unfortunately there are no details about its interior which is a bit of a shame but considering all the other new models from Renault we can expect an easier to use dashboard with piano-black and chrome accents, better materials all around the models’ range as well as newer equipment.
2016 Renault megane test