Renault has released its new Megane model range which at the top of the range features the Megane GT powered by Energy TCe 205 1.6 litre engine, mated with 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox. The Megane comes in a choice of seven speed automatic gear box or six speed manual gear box. There is also the choice of a five speed manual gear box for the standard Megane Dynamique 1.6 model.
Leading the New Renault Mégane petrol-powered pack is the 1.6-litre GT flagship model that is powered by the new generation Energy TCe 205 and capable of spitting out 151 kW of power. It has a seven-speed dual-clutch, auto gearbox plus Renault’s 4CONTROL chassis four-wheel steering system.
In addition to a host of Renault MULTI-SENSE road handling features, full LED technology is also exclusive to the new Mégane GT providing the driver with light that is 20 per cent more powerful than conventional halogen lamps. Other GT-only features and fitments include leather seats, 18” alloy wheels (with a 17” spare wheel), electronic parking brake and paddle shift.
Then there is the 1,2-litre engine which has power output of 97kW and an option for a seven speed dual clutch automatic gear box or six-speed manual gear box. The other is the 1,6-litre with a lower power output of 84 kW, and comes with a five speed manual gear box.
New Mégane boasts distinctive front and rear lighting signatures which are illuminated by day and night. The front C-shaped lighting features 3-D Edge Light (LED) technology while as previously mentioned, the New Mégane GT comes equipped with full LED headlights.
The permanently-lit rear LED lights also feature a unique 3D-effect signature with the slender brush stroke-like lines emitting a deep red light.
The new Mégane GT model is the first vehicle in its segment to have 4CONTROL technology which affords the driver control, handling responsiveness and absolute precision. A Renault innovation, 4CONTROL chassis turns the rear wheels, maximum 3.0° angle, which affords the driver exceptional cornering ability.
It brings energy and precision on winding roads, stability at high speed and offers handling responsiveness at low-speed and when manoeuvering. The four-wheel steering system’s ability to react immediately is extremely reassuring in emergency situations; driving control is cleaner and more precise offering more peace of mind and genuine driving enjoyment.
Described as the ‘best on-board multimedia interface at the price’, R-LINK 2 is the new generation control centre that manages the vehicle’s various connectivity functions: Multimedia, new generation TomTom navigation device, telephone, radio, MULTI-SENSE, 4CONTROL and driving aids for example
The three New Renault Mégane GT and GT-LINE variants come with R-LINK 2 complete with 8.7-inch vertical multimedia touchscreen display and voice recognition for the navigation system, telephone, and radio ensuring safe and easy operation of the various functions. New Mégane Dynamique comes with 7-inch horizontal touchscreen.
The MULTI-SENSE button provides direct access to these functions via the R-LINK 2 multimedia touchscreen display as well as to four different pre-defined driving settings: Neutral, Comfort, Eco in GT-Line, Sport in GT models and Perso.
These MULTI-SENSE modes also combine with a choice of five interior lighting ambiences: the illumination covers the centre console and matches the colour on the dashboard’s cluster panel and multimedia display.
With the assistance of MULTI-SENSE technology, the driver is also able to enhance the acoustic environment by adjusting the engine sound with a choice of three different settings: Neutral, Comfort and Sport.
Radio includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity as standard to support both telephony and multimedia mobile devices. There are four speakers, 3-line 4.2 display, wireless telephony, push-to-talk with smartphone voice recognition, offset terminal two USB plus jack, and audio streaming. Price starts at about N$300 000 and tops at above N$500 000 for the top of the range model.