2016 Renault Megane revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 16, 2015

Renault is proud to announce the launch of its All-New Mégane. This model is stocked with many technological features typically found in high-end cars in addition to its high quality and dynamic look.

Because of the CMF modular architecture drawn from the Talisman and Espace, Renault is also able to offer features that were previously available only on more expensive cars. The comprehensive collection of technologies that make this car unique includes, among others, the Multi-Sense technology and 4Control, 8.7-inch portrait-style screen, head-up display, and TFT instrument display.

The color head-up display is retractable, a safety-enhancing feature since it lowers the time needed by the driver in looking away from the road in order to obtain necessary information like navigation instructions, driving aids, and speed.

A built-in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can be controlled with the use of the R-Link 2 tablet. Other high-tech and important features are automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure, and safe distance warnings.

It even has a speed limit warning that is linked to a traffic sign recognition system. Also available is the system that allows for automatic switching between the dipped and main headlight beams.

There is also hands-free parking and reversing camera plus side and rear parking aids. For those who prefer high-end models, there’s an R-Link 2 that has a portrait 8.7-inch display that can change to landscape 7-inch display, and much like a tablet or smartphone, the display screen has the ‘pinch & zoom’ technology.

The reception of the Mégane during its launch in the recently held 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show more than solidified it as the star attraction of the Renault stand. It is currently available in petrol engine and diesel engine versions but Renault plans to add the ‘Hybrid Assist’ diesel in 2017.

The Mégane will be made available after the launching as a GT that has been created in connection with Renaultsport. Renault discloses that the Mégane will start sales in the Europe market early next year with deliveries from the UK expected by summer.

Exterior Design

When it comes to the exterior, the front part clearly shows the Renault brand through the large and erect diamond logo on the broad grille. The corporate identity is highlighted through the LED technology that is integrated with the daytime running lights.

The result is that it gives it the uniquely C-shaped signature that spreads to the bumper. For the high-end models, the main and dipped beams have full-LED for its lighting modules. The Pure Vision LED technology that is used by the different models offers a substantial improvement over halogen lighting in terms of night-time visions.

With strongly sculpted shoulders, this offering from Renault exudes the sensuality that is entrenched in the brand’s design. Stretched and precise lines on the lower portion of the body and hood are aligned with the front part to improve the lively poise of the Mégane. The quality of this model is underlined through the chrome trims that are located on the front, side windows, door handles, and badges.

The car’s aerodynamics is improved with the air scoops that can reduce air drag and that are placed on different parts like the motorized flaps, deflectors on the rear portion, and the side areas of the front part.

This aerodynamic improvement also makes the car have low emissions and become more fuel efficient. The LED rear lights enable the tail lights to be illuminated permanently. The width of the car is further emphasized with the Edge Light technology. This particular technology not only gives a 3D brush stroke effect but in addition, produces a red purple-hued light.

Interior Design

While the exterior is one of a kind, the interior of the Mégane is befitting of the Renault name. A cockpit-style interior is seen once the doors are opened. The different high-tech features that surround the driver in an L-shape are considered a first for its class. There is for instance the head-up display in full color that has often been traditionally utilized in high-end vehicles.

Its dashboard has a color 7-inch Thin Film Transistor display plus R-Link 2 touchscreen which measures 8.7 inches in portrait format and can be shifted to a 7-inch landscape format. Extra attention was given to the quality of the materials used as well as the finish.

For example, the soft-touch dashboard runs from the lower portion to its center console and extends to the cappings of the top door. For high-end variants, the steering wheel has a chrome detail that is leather-trimmed and is in full-grain Nappa.

This same motif is seen on the switch surrounds, instrument, console, and air vent. The center console has fore/aft adjustable armrest with top-tier versions with emphasis placed on the two glowing slender lines by a customizable hue. Seats are sculpted to give maximum comfort with support enhanced through dual density foam.

Indeed the materials of the seat give a feeling of modernity and warmth that has obviously been inspired by the wide availability of leather goods and interior furnishings. Additional care was given to the detail of the stitching seen on the door casings and seats.

Renault will offer five upholstery grades for the Mégane though they are in shades of black. High-end models though will offer Alcantara plush velour giving it a sheen plus black 3D effect. It will also have the electric lumbar adjustment and heated seats. Another amazing feature is the driver seat that has a massage function. Furthermore, it has a 434-liter boot capacity making it the second largest for the compact car segment.

The large boot capacity is in turn complemented with a 25-liter storage space. Passengers in the rear will be able to enjoy the additional 20mm knee room, which now totals 175mm. It also is the best in its segment with a shoulder width that measures 1,441mm on the front and 1,390mm in the rear.

Clearly, the Mégane offers the best with respect to boot capacity and rear passenger space. Both the driver and the passengers are also able to enjoy high quality sound with the standard BOSE audio systems.

Engineers from both Renault and BOSE worked hand-in-hand in order to maximize the combination digital amplifier, nine speakers, and subwoofer resulting in a sound that is not just crystal clear but is also balanced, precise, and tailor-engineered.


Once the release has been made official, there will be six engine types that will be made available. Three TCe engines are petrol-based with outputs of 100hp, 130hp, and 205hp, while the other three are the ENERGY dCi diesel-based versions capable of producing 90hp, 110hp, and 130hp.

Both the dCi 110 and TCe 130 engines will come with the EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission though the former will have the six-speed and the latter the seven-speed. Still the dCi 110 will have a six-speed manual gearbox as its core range. Furthermore, the TCe 205 will also have the seven-speed EDC.

However, this particular variant of the Mégane has CO2 emissions of 86g per kilometer. It also has an 85.6mpg combined NEDC fuel consumption rating resulting in the car being ECO2-listed. The company has been making use of this ECO2 label since June 2015 in order to underline that its engines are indeed economical.

Renault will make the ENERGY dCi 165 diesel engine with the automatic six-speed EDC dual clutch transmission available in 2016 for the GT. A year later, in 2017, the company will add the ‘Hybrid Assist’ diesel to its lineup. These soon-to-be-released engines are aimed at getting a NEDC cycle figure that is below 94.1 mpg or about 3 liters per 100 kilometers.

CO2 emissions are also aimed to be at most 76g/km. Renault hopes that once confirmed, it will make the Mégane become the market leader when it comes to low CO2 emissions and efficient fuel consumption.

In order to realize these objectives, the first step is that the car is able to capture enough energy when it is undergoing deceleration or braking. Then depending on the situation like when driving at low engine speeds, the acceleration is boosted. Combining these two actions result in a pleasurable drive with effective economy.

Press Release


The dynamic-looking, high-quality, All-New Mégane – loaded with technology features from higher-segment cars – is Renault’s star attraction at this year’s IAA in Frankfurt. Alongside a range of highly-efficient petrol and diesel engines, it will be available from launch as a GT created in association with Renaultsport. A ‘Hybrid Assist’ diesel will be added in 2017. The new Mégane goes on sale in mainland Europe early next year with UK deliveries anticipated in the summer

“The new Mégane plays an integral part in Renault’s design renewal strategy,” says Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design. “Its dynamic lines project both sensuality and status, while its assertive proportions provide it with a well-planted stance on the road and its sculpted forms and strong shoulders hint at the brand’s Latin roots. It features a distinctive lighting signature both front and rear, by day as well as by night, and its elegant interior exudes an unmistakeable cockpit feel.”

The new Mégane is based on Renault’s Common Module Family (CMF) vehicle architecture, which makes it possible to offer high-tech features normally available only in cars from higher segments. A number are segment firsts, including a full colour head-up display, a 7-inch colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) instrument display, a portrait-format 8.7-inch R-Link 2 touchscreen and 4Control four-wheel steering for the GT.

The six highly-efficient engines that will be available at launch have power outputs ranging from 90 to 205hp, with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as low as 85.6mpg and 86g/km for the ENERGY dCi 110.

Dynamic styling with a distinctive lighting signature

The new Mégane’s dynamic stance is founded on well-balanced proportions. It is 64mm longer (4,359mm) and 25mm lower (1,447mm) than the third-generation Mégane, and has a 28mm longer wheelbase (2,669mm), which is greater than that of rival models. The front and rear track widths have been widened by 47mm and 39mm respectively to 1,591mm and 1,586mm, while the rear overhang has been shortened compared. Wheel sizes of up to 18 inches will be available.

At the front, Renault’s corporate identity is evident in the large, upright diamond logo and broad grille. This is accentuated by daytime running lights incorporating LED technology to provide a distinctive C-shaped signature that extends down to the bumper. Higher-end versions feature full-LED lighting modules for both dipped and main beams. This Pure Vision LED technology delivers a significant improvement in night-time vision compared with halogen lighting.

Thanks to its strongly sculpted shoulders, the new Mégane radiates the sensuality embedded in Renault design. Taut and precise lines along the lower part of the body and bonnet align towards the front to enhance the dynamic poise of the car. Chrome trim at the front and around the side windows, badges and door handles emphasises the quality of the new Mégane.

There are air scoops either side at the front, deflectors at the rear and motorised flaps which automatically close to reduce drag, making the new Mégane an extremely aerodynamically efficient car and contributing towards its low fuel consumption and emissions.

The rear light units, also all-LED, feature tail lights that are permanently illuminated. This novel horizontal signature helps to accentuate the car’s width. Thanks to new Edge Light technology, it provides a slender 3D brush stroke effect that emits a purple-hued red light.

Elegant, cockpit-style interior

The new Mégane has a cockpit-style interior with a suiteof high-tech features clustered around the driver to create an enveloping L-shape. They include a number of class firsts: a full colour head-up display, traditionally reserved for vehicles in higher segments; a 7-inch colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) instrument display; and a portrait-format 8.7-inch R-Link 2 touchscreen as an alternative to the landscape 7-inch screen.

Special focus has been placed on the finish, quality of materials and harmony of the cabin. The soft-touch dashboard extends in a continuous sweep to the top door cappings. It also runs from the lower edge of the dashboard to the centre console. High-end versions feature a full-grain Nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel with elegant chrome detailing, which is echoed on the instrument, air vent, console and switch surrounds.

A tall and broad centre console incorporates a fore/aft adjustable armrest. Higher-end versions focus attention on the console with two slender lines of glowing light, the hue of which can be personalised.

Sculpted seats provide optimum comfort and support with the help of dual density foam. Taking their inspiration from the worlds of interior furnishings and leather goods, the seat materials are warm and modern. Special attention has been paid to the detailing of the top stitching on the seats and door casings.

There are five upholstery grades, all in shades of black. High-end versions are available with plush velour developed with Alcantara, giving a powerful lustre and an intense black 3D effect. High-end versions come with heated seats and electric lumbar adjustment. The driver seat incorporates a massage function.

The new Mégane’s boot capacity of 434 litres is the second largest in the compact car sector and is complemented by interior stowage space totalling 25 litres. Rear knee room of 175mm is a 20mm improvement over that of the third generation Mégane, while shoulder width (1,441mm at the front, 1,390mm in the rear) is amongst the segment’s best. The new Mégane consequently delivers the best of both worlds when it comes to rear passenger space and boot capacity.

BOSE audio systems ensure high quality sound. Engineers from BOSE worked in close co-operation with their counterparts at Renault to optimise the integration of the nine speakers, subwoofer and digital amplifier so that the sound is precise, balanced, tailor-engineered and crystal clear.

Technology from higher segments

The use of the CMF modular architecture permits the new Mégane to offer features more usually associated with larger and more expensive cars, and is drawn from the new Espace and Talisman. This comprehensive suite of technologies is unique in the segment and includes the head-up display, TFT instrument display and portrait-style 8.7-inch screen, plus Multi-Sense technology and 4Control.

The retractable colour head-up display enhances safety by reducing the amount of time the driver needs to look away from the road to take in the most important information – speed, navigation instructions and driving aids.

There is a comprehensive selection of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), controlled through the R-Link 2 tablet. They include adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking; lane departure, safe distance and speed limit warnings, the latter linked to traffic sign recognition; and blind spot monitoring. A reversing camera, automatic switching between main and dipped headlight beams, hands-free parking and front, rear and side parking aids are also available.

Higher-specification models feature R-Link 2 complete with an 8.7-inch portrait-format display as an alternative the landscape-style 7-inch screen. The portrait display screen employs capacitive ‘pinch & zoom’ technology for easier use, much like that of a smartphone or tablet computer.

R-Link 2 includes voice recognition for safe operation of the navigation, telephone, apps and radio. Its three customisable home pages allow swift access to the most frequently used functions. A connectivity package, including a 12-month subscription to TomTom LIVE services and access to the R-Link Store, expands its scope.

The content of the 7-inch colour TFT instrument display can be customised, depending on the selected driving mode. The dashboard displays not only fundamental data like speed, but also numerous other information relating to navigation or driving aids.

Renault’s innovative Multi-Sense technology allows users to personalise their driving experience by modifying accelerator pedal and engine response, adjusting the speed of the gearshifts performed by the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission and controlling the massage function of the seats and the cabin lighting environment. The Multi-Sense button on the centre console provides instant access to these functions.

The system offers a choice of five different driving modes – Sport, Normal, Comfort, Perso and Eco. On the GT version, Eco is replaced by an R.S. Drive mode.

Five different interior lighting ambiancesare available: red, green, blue, purple and brown. The illumination covers the centre console, as well as the front and rear doors of high-end versions, and is linked to the display colour on the TFT screen and the portrait-format multimedia display.

Engines from 90 to 205hp, with outstanding efficiency

The new Mégane will be available with six highly-efficient engines from launch – three ENERGY dCi diesels delivering 90, 110 or 130hp, and three TCe petrol units with outputs of 100, 130 or 205hp. The EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission will be offered with the dCi 110 (six-speed) and the TCe 130 (seven-speed) engines. The seven-speed EDC is standard with the TCe 205 unit in the GT.

The core of the range will be the ENERGY dCi 110 diesel engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. This version of the new Mégane emits just 86g of CO2 per kilometre and has NEDC combined fuel consumption of 85.6mpg, meaning it is ECO2-listed. Since June 2015 Renault has been using the ECO2 label to highlight the most economical engine in each model range.

In 2016 the diesel ENERGY dCi 165 engine, linked to six-speed EDC dual clutch automatic transmission, will also become available in the GT.

A ‘Hybrid Assist’ diesel will be added early in 2017. With a targeted NEDC cycle figure below 3 litres/100km (94.1mpg) and CO2 emissions of 76g/km, subject to confirmation, this will position the new Mégane as the market leader for low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It achieves this by capturing energy under deceleration and braking, and then boosting acceleration under certain conditions, especially at low engine speeds, to combine driving pleasure with extreme economy.

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