Renault updates the Megane range for the 2012 model year

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 6, 2012

Renault Mégane Collection 2012 line has been unveiled. The significant changes include some styling modifications. Three new engines have also been added. The range receives three new ‘Energy’ engines, which consist of one petrol and two diesels. All of them have stop-start and deceleration/braking energy-recovery systems.

The 1.6-litre 16v in the Mégane range will be replaced by the Renault Energy TCe 115 -- a 1.2-litre unit. In comparison with the current motor, the new one’s power is higher by 5bhp to 115bhp. Its peak torque is higher by 29lb ft to 140lb ft, with 90% coming from the 1650rpm. Renault claims that this engine has CO2 emissions of 119g/km and offers a fuel economy of 53mpg.

Of the two diesels, the first one is the Energy dCi 110, a modified version of the Mégane range’s top-selling 1.5-litre engine that offers 74mpg and 95g/km of CO2 emissions.

Its peak torque rises to 191lb ft, which is offered from 1750rpm. The other diesel is the Energy dCi 130, a 1.6 litre that offers 130bhp and 236lb ft at 1750rpm. It has a fuel economy rating of 71mpg and emissions level of 104g/km.

The front end of the Mégane has gotten a few minor styling tweaks, such as gloss black and chrome detailing and daytime running lights. In addition, the choice of wheels available across the range was changed. There are new interior trims for the cabin, which includes a two-tone leather/Alcantara pack offered with three finishes. There are several variants in the model lineup.

The Bose version is now considered to be an equipment level. The GT and GT-Line finishes come with ‘boomerang’-shaped LED lights, red upholstery stitching and a sports steering wheel with thumb rests. It also comes with Renault Sport-badged door sill guards and dashboard trim strip.

Renault’s Visio system is available for the Mégane Collection 2012. This system has a camera attached to the windscreen at the back of the rear-view mirror. Switching from main- to dipped-beam headlights at night can be automatic. A lane-assist system is offered. More body colors have been added, including ‘Majorelle Blue’ and ‘Pearlescent White’.

The performance-oriented Mégane R.S. Collection 2012 offers a package of performance and aesthetic modifications. The car powers the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine, which comes with 15bhp more and 15lb ft. When Sport Mode is turned on, it delivers 265bhp and 265lb ft for the limited-edition Trophy version.

The engine noise is said to be more emphatic due to its revised exhaust design. The Mégane R.S. Collection 2012 also features a modified exhaust and a redesigned front end with black headlight surrounds as well as two rows of six LED lights and a new design of 18in alloys. The red pin-striping for the optional R.S. Red Design includes the front blade, side sills and diffuser.

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