The new Renault Mégane will go on sale early next year, with its styling heavily influenced by the new Renault Espace and Talisman models. Renault’s crucial next-gen hatch has been spotted testing and gets more mature looks and a higher-quality interior,hese latest spy pictures show undisguised tail-lights for the first time that look similar to the tail-lights on the Renault Clio, and less camouflage around the front bumper. This more mature and more premium look has been revealed in the French media and has also been evident in recent spy pictures of the Mégane. This suggests that all new Renaults upwards of the Mégane’s expected 4.4m length will adopt this look, while the smaller Twingo, Clio and Captur will retain a more heavily stylised design.
The upmarket move is driven by the need for the Mégane, which is based on the Renault-Nissan CMF platform that also underpins the Qashqai and Kadjar, to compete for sales with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf. The European sales success of the Peugeot 308 has also added further impetus to Renault’s ambitions. The interior of the new Mégane is expected to feature higher-quality plastics and a sharper design than before, with many control functions on top models transferred to a large central touchscreen, as available on the new Espace. Depending on spec, cars are expected to get either a 7.0in or 9.0in touchscreen, while the interior is said to have been designed with a greater focus on driver ergonomics.
Five-door and estate models will be sold, with Renault expected to make more of the Mégane’s sporty credentials on these models. It is not known if a three-door coupé model will be part of the line-up. Spy pictures have shown the car testing with a roof-mounted lip spoiler, while the roofline is notably more raked than that of the Golf. It is not expected to get the Talisman’s four-wheel steer facility, however, as the technology is seen as too expensive to be justified by buyers in the sector. The new Mégane is expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt show in September and go on sale early next year. It is seen as key to Renault’s continuing sales growth – nearly 1.45 million Meganes have been sold since the current model went on sale in 2008.