Although specs for the new Renault Megane had already surfaced several weeks ago, we didn’t know that the company has cooked up something new. Aside from the 200hp gasoline, Renault‘s new Megane GT hatchback can now be had with a 165hp dCi twin turbo engine.
The new diesel will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and will also come with an adjustable 4Control steering technology. Renault described the four-wheel control to adapt to the rear wheels’ turn-in angle for better driving and handling. In addition, the spring and damper settings have been calibrated even further to suit the vehicle’s GT characteristics.
Among its new features are the gunmetal rear diffuser, honeycomb grille, newly designed air intakes, improved suspension and four wheel steering. There is also a sportier GT exterior package that comes with perforated leather wrapped steering wheel and dark charcoal sport seats with built-in headrests.
The new Renault Megane GT’s 165hp diesel engine has a combined fuel return of 60 miles per gallon based on the UK mpg scale (or equivalent to 50mpg on the US). The gas variant’s fuel return is at 36mpg/UK or 30 mpg/US. This makes the Megane GT more powerful and fuel-efficient than the Talisman and the Espace’s dCi 160 engines.
If we have to compare some of them in a more detailed way, the 1.6 litre gasoline engine or the SCe 115 is mated with a 5-speed gearbox minus the smart engine management that comes with the rest of the models. This model in particular is capable of up to 115 PS at 5,500rpm and 156 Nm of torque.
On the other hand, they also have the 1.2 litre gasoline that makes 100 PS and produces up to 175 Nm of torque. Both gasoline variants can go from 0-100kph in 12 seconds but the 1.2 engine obviously offers more savings.
As for the Diesel engines, customers can have an option for a 1.6 litre biturbo with 165 PS at 380 Nm of torque. There is another 1.6 litre diesel with up to 130 PS or the 1.5 litre with either 110PS or 90 PS. Meanwhile, the 165hp twin turbo (the most powerful among the diesel engines) is expected to push the vehicle to go from a 0-100kph in 9 seconds.
Customers placing their orders for the Megane GT and GT Estate will now at least have more options as far as engines go. Prices for the new GT hatchback start at €34,300 while the estate version is priced at €35,200. Renault also offers the gas-powered hatchback for as low as €32,200 and €33,100 for the roomy estate variant.