Renault plans new 2012 Megane
Renault has revealed a new update to its popular Renault Megane range including a new look inside and out and some money-saving new engines.
The changes will apply to the new Renault Megane hatchback, Sport Tourer and three-door coupe and comes into effect in April in the UK.
The most noticeable changes include LED running lights at the front, a gloss black bumper with some chrome highlights and some new alloy wheels.
Inside, two trim levels offer the choice between leather or a more standard fabric material while higher-spec GT-Line models get a sport-inspired interior including everything from a sports steering wheel to RenaultSport badging throughout.
All new 2012 Renault Meganes will come with a sprinkling of new safety technology including a lane departure warning, hill start assist and rear camera systems, Renault has announced.
More comfort-oriented equipment includes climate control with a new 'air quality' sensor and a radio with Bluetooth connectivity and TomTom satellite navigation on higher-spec models.
All of these small additions help Renault update the Megane to take on the might of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra in the competitive segment. However, its real leap forward comes under the bonnet.
Renault has introduced three new engines with Stop & Start technology for the first time in the Megane. The technology is becoming more widely used as a way of saving fuel by turning the engine off when the car is stationary for a certain period of time before turning back on once the accelerator is pressed.
It will be available in a 1.2-litre, 115hp petrol engine where it will help the petrol model achieve fuel economy of 53.3mpg. The petrol version will also offer CO2 emissions of 120g/km - enough for free first year road tax in the UK.
Diesel versions will be even greener with a 110hp 1.5-litre DCi delivering 80.7mpg and 90g/km of CO2 emissions while a more powerful 1.6-litre 130hp unit delivers 104g/km and 70.6mpg.
The new Renault Megane and its new range of engines will go on sale in the UK in April.