The all-new Megane IV hatchback is superior to its ancestor in several ways, especially design and build quality. Those features should transition easily to an estate model with large boot.
While America is not keen on the wagon body style, Europeans still gobble up these cars due to their added practicality. Even a performance model makes sense, as Volkswagen, Ford, SEAT and Skoda have all invested in such models, with outputs ranging from 184 to 290 PS.
In fact, after the Leon ST Cupra set a Nurburgring lap record for estates, the test driver said the longer body of this car helped him control the rear end a little better. Given Renaultsport's expertise, we're curious to see if they can make an even faster model.
Thanks to a leaked brochure, we have a good idea of the engines Renault will officially announce for the 2016 Megane. Only two versions of the 1.2 TCe turbo will be offered to customers interested in conventional gasoline engines, joined by the powerful 205 PS 1.6-liter turbo in the Megane GT.
Diesel options will include two versions of the familiar 1.5 dCi and two more of its 1.6-liter big brother, one of which will pack 160 PS thanks to twin turbochargers.
While Renault continues to ignore the demand for all-wheel-drive hatchbacks and wagons, the next Megane Estate will be the first car in its segment with rear-wheel steering. The EDC twin-clutch gearbox that began being offered in 2013 with the Megane's mid-life facelift will be available on engines of all times. In the case of the GT model, it will even be equipped as standard.
The inspiration for this 2017 Megane Estate rendering came from its smaller Clio brother. Since being launched a few years ago, the subcompact model has proven quite successful and currently accounts for about a quarter of total Clio sales. Virtuel-Car also added silver mirror caps and chose to base his design on the hot GT model that's equipped with lowered suspension and a body kit.