The updated 2020 Renault Megane range has been revealed overnight including a plug-in hybrid variant.
In Europe, the Megane E-Tech PHEV will be exclusively offered as a wagon powered by a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine, two electric motors, a 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a multi-mode clutch-less transmission.
Renault claims with a fully charged battery, the Megane E-Tech has a purely electric driving range of 48km (WLTP cycle).
The revised Megane RS models now use the engine from the RS Trophy. The 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit produces 224kW and 400Nm when matched to a six-speed manual or 420Nm with the optional six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The softer Sport chassis arrangement is now standard on the regular RS, while the Trophy gets the Cup setup including a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential, and stiffer shock absorbers, springs and anti-roll bars.
Additional upgrades to the RS line-up includes a mechanical valve to adjust the soundtrack of the exhaust system, along with the option of the RS Monitor which displays live information about acceleration, braking, steering-wheel angle, 4Control system operation, temperatures and pressures.
European markets have dropped the GT Line model and replaced it with the RS Line that takes styling cues from the hot hatch.
All Megane models get brighter LED headlights, while the RS variants get tweaked bumpers and fresh alloy wheel designs.
On the inside, depending on the grade a 7.0-inch horizontal touchscreen or 9.3-inch vertical touchscreen is available for the infotainment system, along with 7.0- or 10.2-inch digital instrument clusters.
The autonomous emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring tech have been upgraded. The optional Highway and Traffic Jam Companion offers Level 2 autonomous driving capability which can keep the car in its lane at speeds up to 160km/h while maintaining a safe distance to the vehicle in front.
Currently, Renault Australia only offers the RS models, local availability, specifications and pricing for the upgraded models are yet to be confirmed.
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