The 2017 Renault Megane five-door hatch range has officially arrived in Australian showrooms, with the French hatchback flaunting a new platform, improved efficiency, more in-car technology, a fresh new design and a new engine for the flagship Megane GT.
The range comprises four different variants priced between $22,490 and $38,490. The entry-level Megane Life in manual form kicks off the line-up priced $490 more than the outgoing Megane Authentique. The mid-grade Megane Zen and high-grade Megane GT-Line follow, with the performance-oriented Megane GT topping off the range.
All models bar the Megane GT are powered by a carry-over 97kW/205Nm turbocharged 1.2 litre, with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic being the standard transmission for Zen and GT-Line. The Megane Life has a six-speed manual as standard, but a six-speed auto can be optioned for an extra $2500.
For the Megane GT, which replaces the 2.0-litre manual-only Megane GT220, Renault has equipped a 151kW/280Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged inline four and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Though it has 11kW less power and 60Nm less torque than its predecessor, the 2017 Megane GT is half a second quicker to 100km/h (7.1 seconds).
Fuel economy is also markedly improved for the GT, with that model recording a claimed average consumption of 6.0L/100km against the GT220’s 7.3L/100km. The 1.2-litre Meganes don’t improve their thirst figures compared to the outgoing model, however, with the 1.2 automatic’s 5.6L/100km average being unchanged.
The Megane GT also benefits from an active rear-wheel steering system that improves handling, as well as a lowered, sportier suspension tune. It’s also the only model in the range to feature paddle shifters for its automatic transmission, as well as launch control.
Equipment levels have been boosted with the inclusion of a reversing camera, rear parking sensors keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone climate control, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and front and rear LED daytime running lamps across the range.
Life, Zen and GT-Line are equipped with a seven-inch colour touchscreen display running Renault’s new R-Link 2 infotainment system, incorporating Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity as well as an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/USB stereo.
The Life gets fabric upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, along with 16-inch steel wheels. Step up to the Zen grade and the steel wheels are swapped for 16-inch alloys, sat-nav gets added to the R-Link 2 system, front parking sensors become standard and an electric parking brake replaces the Life’s handbrake.
The GT-Line brings even more standard equipment, including a sporty bodykit, an electric panoramic glass sunroof, electric folding wing mirrors, Alcantara-upholstered front sports seats, blind spot monitoring, parking assist, multiple drive modes and 17-inch alloys.
Besides its more powerful drivetrain, paddle-shifted seven-speed auto, performance suspension and rear-steering setup, the flagship Megane GT is specced similarly to the GT-Line model. Exceptions to that are the standard 8.7-inch portrait-format touchscreen display (which is a cost option on the GT-Line), 18-inch alloys, dual-exit exhaust, alloy pedals and black/blue Alcantara upholstery.
The 2017 Renault Megane range is on sale now, with pricing as follows:
Megane Life manual: $22,490
Megane Life EDC automatic: $24,990
Megane Zen EDC automatic: $27,490
Megane GT-Line EDC automatic: $32,490
Megane GT EDC automatic: $38,490