Renault introduces plug-in hybrid option for Megane
The new Renault Megane will be available as a plug-in hybrid from July 2020.
Featuring a revamped interior and tweaks to the exterior design, the plug-in hybrid version of the Megane sports a 1.6-litre petrol engine alongside two electric motors.
Thanks to the 9.8kWh battery, the new Megane can run on full-electric mode for between 30 and 40 miles (WLTP) – plenty for most average commutes.
Of course, the vehicle benefits from multiple driving modes to optimise for various driving conditions. “Pure” mode ensures the vehicle uses electric power only, useful for urban driving or shorter journeys, while “MySense” mode operates the vehicle as a hybrid. This also includes an “E-Save” feature that will reserve battery power for later use such as in city centres.
Finally, “Sport” mode makes full use of the petrol engine and two electric motors to deliver maximum performance.
Despite part of the boot being reserved for cable storage, the plug-in hybrid version of the Megane offers a decent 434 litres of space which increases to 1,247 litres with the seats down.
New R.S. Line trim
Alongside Renault’s usual spec options, the new Megane will be available in the R.S. Line trim, replacing the previous GT Line trim.
The new trim level offers a “sportier” exterior and interior according to Renault, including features such as the F1 blade – a signature of Renault’s R.S. models. It also includes an imposing honeycomb front grille and larger alloys.
The interior includes sports seats with extra lateral support, carbon-look inserts and a sports steering wheel.