After launching the hatchback variant last year, the 2017 Renault Megane sedan and wagon have finally joined the local range, boasting added practicality over their hatchback equivalents.
The Megane hatchback has also undergone some subtle spec changes, and is now better equipped than before. For the first time for this generation Megane in Australia, autonomous emergency braking is now available – though unlike the Mazda 3 and incoming Mk7.5 Volkswagen Golf, it’s not standard equipment across the range.
“The all-new Renault Megane wagon and sedan enable us to broaden our offer in one of the largest and most competitive segments of the new car market,” said Mr Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia’s Managing Director.
“The 2017 Renault Megane hatch has now received specification upgrades to the range that further enhances its appeal and offers our customers even more value for money,” Mr. Hocevar said.
Starting with the Megane hatchback, mid-spec Zen models (but not the entry-level Life) have the option of a $700 Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS), which incorporates autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic high beams.
Higher-spec GT-Line and warm GT models earn the ADAS system as standard equipment combined with distance warning and radar cruise control. As well as that, GT-Line and GT models also receive a larger 8.7-inch R-LINK 2 infotainment system, which was previously an optional extra.
The Megane wagon range largely echoes that of the hatchback, starting with the mid-range $28,490 Zen. Standard equipment includes a 97kW/205Nm 1.2-litre turbocharged engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a 580-litre boot, six airbags, stability control, hill start assist, an electronic handbrake, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with inbuilt satellite navigation, an eight-speaker Arkamys sound system, front and rear LED daytime running lights and automatic headlights and wipers.
Zen wagon buyers can option the same $700 ADAS package as the Megane hatchback, as well as a $1,990 sunroof package with an electric panoramic sunroof, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and sun visors with illuminated mirrors.
Above the Zen sits the $33,490 GT-Line, which adds the same ADAS package as standard equipment, as well as the larger 8.7-inch R-LINK 2 infotainment system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, Alcantara seat trim and a customisable colour TFT screen instrument panel. Available options for the GT-Line are the $1,490 premium package, and it includes a Bose sound system, LED headlights, as well as larger 18-inch alloy wheels for $990.
Sitting atop the Megane wagon tree is the $39,490 GT, and like its hatchback equivalent, includes a larger 151kW/280Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and four-wheel steering. The GT also features launch control, black and blue Alcantara upholstery, Renaultsport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels. The GT can be optioned with the same premium package as the GT-Line, and sunroof package as the Zen.
The Megane sedan has returned to Australia for the first time since the former Fluence (itself really just a rebadged Megane sedan) arrived in 2011. Like the incoming Holden Astra sedan, the Megane sedan follows a different lineup to its hatchback and wagon siblings and the only available drivetrain is the same 1.2-litre turbo four-cylinder as entry level variants of the hatchback and wagon – there’s no GT sedan planned as yet. Like the wagon, the Megane sedan’s 503-litre boot eclipses the 434-litres of the Megane hatchback.
The $27,490 Megane Zen sedan follows the same equipment as its hatch and wagon brothers, with six airbags, stability control, hill start assist, an electronic park brake, front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, R-LINK 2 multimedia system with satellite navigation and a seven-inch touchscreen, Arkamys audio with eight speakers, automatic headlights and wipers. The Zen sedan can be optioned with the same ADAS and sunroof packages as other Zen models.
The $31,990 Megane Intens sedan then adds blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with distance warning, the larger 8.7-inch R-LINK 2 infotainment system with inbuilt satellite navigation, automatic parking, 18 inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, an electric panoramic sunroof, dark charcoal cloth upholstery and LED headlights.
The updated 2017 Renault Megane hatchback and new Megane sedan and wagon variants are in Renault showrooms now.
2017 Renault Megane pricing (plus on-road costs):
Life hatch six-speed manual: $22,490
Life hatch seven-speed EDC: $24,990
Zen hatch seven-speed EDC: $27,490
GT-Line hatch seven-speed EDC: $32,490
GT hatch seven-speed EDC: $38,490
Zen wagon seven-speed EDC: $28,490
GT-Line wagon seven-speed EDC: $33,490
GT wagon seven-speed EDC: $39,490
Zen sedan seven-speed EDC: $27,490
Intens sedan seven-speed EDC: $31,990