Since the first Renault Mégane was introduced in 1995, seven million cars over four different generations have been sold worldwide.
The New Mégane now comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain - a first for Renault in this segment. Using technologies developed by the Alliance and Renault engineers the E-Tech Plug-in system benefits from the all-electric-vehicle expertise acquired by Groupe Renault over the last decade, as well as its experience in racing in Formula One.
The New Mégane offers a revamped and modernised interior. Featuring a new 9.3-inch screen for the multimedia system and a 10-inch digital instrument cluster. This high-tech cockpit benefits from all the features of the Renault EASYLINK multimedia system. Inspired by easy smartphone usability, the system aims to be more ergonomic, functional and user-friendly.
Equipped with new driver-assistance systems for the safety and comfort of all passengers, customers can choose the optional Highway & Traffic Jam Companion, a Level 2 autonomous system that ensures comfort and peace of mind while driving. All versions now feature new LED Pure Vision headlights, improving visibility and therefore confidence on the road.
EXTERIOR DESIGN: EVEN MORE CHARACTER AND SOPHISTICATION
Already popular with customers, the New Mégane’s exterior design has been improved with sculpted and dynamic lines in keeping with Renault brand identity and offers even more character and sophistication.
Full LED lighting
The New Mégane’s headlights now feature LED Pure Vision technology. Available from the entry-level, it replaces the previous model’s halogen lights. These new headlights improve and increase the headlamp beam by nearly 30 per cent, offering greater visibility, safety and driver confidence. The headlamps, tail lights and fog lights are now all LED.
A redesigned front bumper
The New Mégane has a new front bumper as well as a new nose and lower grille, incorporating chrome trim on certain derivatives.
Dynamic air deflectors
The New Mégane now features fog-light surrounds with a chrome trim and air deflectors at the front of the wheel arches for improved aerodynamics.
The contour lines of the new LED rear lights have been raised to display a new trim design, whilst now incorporating dynamic indicators. The New Mégane also features a new, more sophisticated lower bumper.
More pronounced wings
The design of the wings has also been changed and they also feature door-handle lighting. New 16- and 18-inch wheels are also available as an option.
Three new colours
At launch, the New Mégane and the New Mégane Sport Tourer will be available in 10 body colours, including three new ones: Solar Copper, Baltic Grey and new Highland Grey.
INTERIOR DESIGN: AN UPGRADED CABIN FOR AN IMPROVED DRIVING EXPERIENCE
Inside the New Mégane, new technological features in the high-tech cockpit make driving easier and contribute to an elegant and sophisticated environment.
A 10-inch new digital display
For the first time, the New Mégane features a 10-inch digital instrument cluster (depending on the version). This includes sat nav to offer a tailored and intuitive driving experience.
9.3-inch vertical tablet and Renault EASY LINK system
The new vertical 9.3-inch screen fits perfectly into the dashboard and gives the interior a very modern look. With its new Renault EASYLINK connected multimedia system, it offers a wide-range of multimedia, navigation and infotainment services, as well as Multi-Sense settings.
The centre-console controls have been given a more modern, upmarket look with improved ergonomics. All driver-assistance controls can be activated from the steering wheel. The New Mégane features a new rimless electrochromic inside rear-view mirror on certain versions.
TECHNOLOGY AND SENSATIONS: ON-BOARD TECHNOLOGY FOR AN IMPROVED DRIVING EXPERIENCE
The New Mégane remains true to its DNA continuing to offer a pleasant driving experience and state-of-the-art technology, from the connected multimedia screen to Multi-Sense personalised driving modes. These features enhance the New Mégane’s comfort, safety and connectivity.
a brand new interface, the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system uses
smartphone integration to offer an innovative ergonomic and functional
experience. The modular widgets allow users to customise their screen
and give them direct access to their favourite features and apps.
EASY LINK, the latest in on-board connectivity
The New Mégane features the Renault EASY LINK system available in three versions, all compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay:
- a 7-inch version;
- a 7-inch version with integrated sat nav;
- a 9.3-inch portrait version with integrated sat nav.
The MY Renault smartphone app, the brand-new Renault EASY LINK multimedia system, is an essential part of the New Mégane’s EASY CONNECT offer, which includes a whole set of connected apps, platforms and services that facilitate connected mobility both inside and outside the vehicle. For instance, it allows remote interaction with the vehicle, including vehicle location, door-to-door navigation with journey instructions sent to the vehicle and, ultimately, remote locking and unlocking of doors and remote activation of lights and horn.
MULTI-SENSE, AN EVER-SO-VARIED TECHNOLOGY
The Renault Multi-Sense technology can combine several vehicles in one. Multi-Sense settings adjust the engine mapping, steering, ambient lighting and configuration of the digital display that replaces the dials to offer a tailored driving experience that matches your mood at the wheel of the New Mégane.
Four modes are available:
- Eco Mode, to reduce your consumption and CO2 emissions;
- Comfort Mode, for a more relaxed experience with more flexible suspension;
- Sport Mode, for increased driving pleasure, agility and responsiveness;
- MySense (default mode), for a tailored experience.
Three modes are available with the E-TECH Plug-in engine: Pure, MySense and Sport.
The Multi-Sense system’s revamped design and new graphics offer an even more immersive driving experience. The new features include better ergonomics for more intuitive and simplified settings, new ambient lighting colours and the R-Sound app to adjust engine sound.
The dashboard 7-inch and 10.2-inch digital screens provide a display area customisable with widgets. The driver can choose the information displayed according to the chosen mode, such as consumption in Eco mode, or power and torque potentiometers in Sport mode. The dashboard 10.2-inch digital screen includes sat nav in the display.
DRIVING AND SAFETY: DRIVER-ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS REVAMPED FOR AN EVEN MORE CONFIDENCE-INSPIRING DRIVING EXPERIENCE
The New Mégane features Renault EASYDRIVE driver-assistance systems, including Highway & Traffic Jam Companion, a Level 2 autonomous driving feature, for a safer driving experience.
Highway & Traffic Jam Companion
Highway & Traffic Jam Companion combines adaptive cruise-control (fitted with automatic Stop & Go) with Lane Keep Assist. Activated between zero and 100mph, the system features in all vehicles with EDC automatic transmission. It regulates the speed of the vehicle and maintains a safe distance from other vehicles ahead while providing lane centring assistance. This driver-assistance system is particularly handy during heavy traffic and on motorways, since it allows the New Mégane to stop and start automatically within three seconds without any action by the driver.
The Highway & Traffic Jam Companion, a Level 2 autonomous driving feature, significantly improves driving comfort. However, it still requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
The Highway & Traffic Jam Companion is available as an option with the TCe 140 EDC version as well as the E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid.
Active Emergency Braking System
The Active Emergency Braking System is enhanced with pedestrian detection. It provides optimum safety by warning the driver of a hazardous situation and, if the latter fails to react, can activate the braking system.
Blind Spot Warning
Fitted with a new radar sensor technology, Blind Spot Warning has a wider reach and ensures an accurate identification of nearby vehicles, even those exiting a car park, regardless of weather conditions. Blind Spot Warning is available as an option.
Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist
Already featured in the Mégane range, Lane Departure Warning is now more effective and paired with Lane Guard System. Activated from 40mph on road journeys, both features work together to warn the driver, or even correct the course of the vehicle, should the car cross into another lane without first using the indicator.
Driver drowsiness detection
Available on certain models, the driver drowsiness detection feature identifies the driver’s tiredness based on steering-wheel movements: Drivers receive an audible and visual warning encouraging them to take a break.
Other features include the optional Park Assist, reversing camera, Easy Park Assist, cruise-controller with speed limiter, automatic high-beam assist headlights and Traffic Sign Recognition continue to feature in the New Mégane range.
E-TECH PLUG-IN HYBRID ENGINE: THE NEW MÉGANE IN THE AGE OF PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES WITH E-TECH PLUG-IN TECHNOLOGY
The New Mégane offers a new powertrain with the introduction of E-TECH Plug-in hybrid technology. It provides optimum versatility and an electric-vehicle driving experience while reducing CO2 emissions and limiting fuel consumption, even over long distances.
The core-market plug-in hybrid technology
Renault, a leader and expert in electric mobility, brings its expertise to the New Mégane with the 160hp E-TECH Plug-in hybrid engine, a unique energy-recovery technology that draws directly on our Formula One expertise to offer a unique driving experience.
Available initially on the New Mégane Sport Tourer, the E-TECH Plug-in engine will subsequently later be offered on the hatchback version.
Formula One experience and electric expertise
The E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid technology was developed by Renault engineers and has 150 patents. It uses components designed by the Alliance, like the latest four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and an innovative multi-mode clutch-less gearbox which optimises shifts.
The design draws on the experience of the Renault Formula One Team, which shared its energy-management expertise (energy recovered during deceleration and braking is used to recharge the battery outside charging cycles) so that the E-TECH Plug-in engine offers maximum energy efficiency. Paired with a braking system developed by Renault’s electric vehicle experts, the New Mégane features optimum electric efficiency on the road: systematically starting in electric mode, it offers noiseless comfort when driving, immediate dynamic responsiveness for a unique driving pleasure and minimised energy loss.
Versatility and fuel economy
The E-TECH Plug-in engine with its 9.8kWh (400V) battery means that the New Mégane can run on full-electric mode for 30 miles in mixed cycle (WLTP) and 40 miles in urban cycle (WLTP City).
The New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in is versatile. It can run without using fuel on regular shorter trips, then take you away on longer journeys with the flexibility of using both petrol and electric power. The New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid benefits from key advantages of the E-TECH Hybrid system – systematic start in electric mode and lower consumption – even when the battery is not charged.
In mixed cycle, the New Mégane E-TECH Plug-In emits less than 40g/km of CO2 (WLTP figure pending final approval).
The New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in features specific Multi-Sense settings with three driving modes:
- Pure: available in the on-screen settings or by pushing a special button on the dashboard, it switches to full-electric mode provided there is enough power.
- MySense: it optimises the hybrid mode for lower running costs. Its “E-Save” feature helps to save battery power (at least 40 per cent) so that it can switch to full-electric mode when required for driving in city centres, for example.
- Sport: it allows drivers to take advantage of maximum performance by combining the power of the three engines.
Finally, although part of the boot is dedicated to cable storage, the New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in retains all its practicality and boot volume ranging from 434 to 1,247 litres.
Renault E-TECH : A dual engine combining responsiveness, driving pleasure, and efficiency.
The Renault E-TECH hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains were developed and patented by Renault Engineering. It is inherited from the EOLAB concept car, unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and benefits from the brands long term electric expertise. It uses parts designed within the Alliance, like its new-generation 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that has been reworked specifically for the usage. It is joined by two electric motors – one of which is HSG type (High-Voltage Starter Generator) – and an innovative multi-mode clutch less gearbox. The association of both electric motors and the gearbox optimises for smooth gear changes (the type of architecture that is known for better fuel efficiency and comes straight from the Renault F1 Team’s vast experience).
The drive train used in Renault hybrid motors is
modular: E-TECH for ‘hybrid’ (HEV) and E-TECH Plug-in for ‘plug-in
hybrid’ (PHEV). Integrating the new technology into the two different
models is simple thanks to both the new CMF-B modular architecture that
was designed from the outset to take on electric capabilities and the
compact size of the E-TECH systems so that they can be mounted in the
engine bay of a versatile sedan, such as the all-new Megane Sport Tourer.
The combination of two electric motors, a multi-mode smart gearbox and a combustion motor offers a wide variety of drive modes:
When in use, the change from one mode to another is seamless and does not require any input from the driver. The E-TECH system automatically chooses the most appropriate mode for the situation in order to optimise emissions and fuel economy, while guaranteeing responsive and enjoyable driving.
Energy regeneration and regenerative braking
All these features mean the Renault E-TECH and
E-TECH Plug-in models are highly responsive for improved driving
pleasure, they optimise energy consumption, and provide optimal battery
recharge features that engage while the car is slowing and braking,
which makes for the best overall driving experience.
Energy optimisation at the heart of knowledge sharing
2013, the Renault F1 Team and Renault engineering have shared their
respective knowledge in the field of energy management. To prepare the
arrival of hybrid motors in Formula 1, engineers, experts in hybrid -
now in charge of Renault E-TECH models - worked on developing a Formula 1
hybrid motor at the Renault Viry-Châtillon site. There, they finetuned
their energy management strategy now used in designing Renault’s hybrid
It is mainly thanks to such knowledge sharing that E-TECH engines combine driving pleasure with high efficiency in terms of speed regeneration and energy use.
As in F1, kinetic energy can be recovered during deceleration and braking then transformed into electrical energy to recharge the battery. On standard vehicles, especially when on motorways, energy management rules start charging the battery by forcing the engine to operate its optimum RPM yield. Excess energy can then be used to relieve the combustion engine when the accelerator is worked harder than normal, or to ensure a 100% electric ride when the scheduled route goes through urban zones.
Sharper responses thanks to the innovative gearbox
The Renault E-TECH engine powertrain architecture is based on similar foundations to that of the Renault F1 Team's single-seaters: a combustion engine combined with two electric motors and a central battery. This architecture is paired with a multi-mode dog gearbox.
The clutch-less gearbox allows for a pure electric start and significantly reduces gaps in acceleration during gear changes enhancing driving comfort and performance while accelerating. In F1, the smooth gear changes allow for less jerkiness and a reduced loss of grip.
Sustainable mobility for all
Groupe Renault strives to provide sustainable mobility for all, both today and in the future. This latest arrival of electrified models is a next step towards reaching that goal. By 2022, the Groupe Renault plans to ramp-up its electric range with eight fully electric models and 12 electrified models (hybrid and plug-in hybrids).
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