Renault is launching an all-new Mégane at the Frankfurt auto show. The bulbous, slightly overwrought four-door hatchback will be powered by fuel-efficient diesel and gasoline engines; Europe is likely to be the model’s biggest market.
The next Mégane will be the nameplate’s fourth model generation; the first one, designed in-house under Patrick Le Quément, was launched in 1995 as the successor of the Renault 19, which had replaced the Renault 11 (a.k.a. Renault Encore) in 1988.
While the Mégane comes to market as a four-door hatchback, it will soon be joined by a station-wagon version, as well as a low-slung two-door coupe. The proportions of the new models benefit from a new chassis with a far wider track, and the car is lower than its predecessor.
In the teaser release, Renault is touting the sporty GT model, but there is no doubt that the brand will ultimately launch a higher-performance Renault Sport version that should produce around 300 horsepower.
In global markets, the new Mégane competes with vehicles like the Ford Focus, the Opel Astra, the Peugeot 308, and the Volkswagen Golf. Will it come to the U.S.? Highly unlikely. But a lot of Renault parts are shared with Nissan, and we expect to see more technological overlap down the road.
The Mégane is available from a Group 1 Renault dealership. Test drive the Renault Megane and see why it’s the car for you!
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