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Renault Megane's Midlife Facelift

By raccars Published

With its corporate strategy regarding its UK model range still the subject of some debate, Renault has announced that the third generation Megane will receive a makeover for next year. The updated small family car will reflect Renault's attempt to craft a new brand image, with updated design language which will be unveiled at Frankfurt this week.

The revisions will extend to the Megane's complete model line up, to include the hot GT and R.S. Editions. Currently available as a Coupe, Hatchback or Sports Tourer, the editing starts at the front end with an F1 inspired front grille. The bonnet has been smoothed over and adorned with a larger version of the corporate badge, in a glossy, black frame. With new elliptical headlamps and DRLs, the new Renault Megane has the curious air of a questing water vole, in line with the brand's range-wide design brief as already seen on the Clio. The changes aren't dramatic but do make for a more attractive car than the previous version.

This frontal arrangement will be identical for each model variant but Renault has assured that behind that, each will retain distinctive character traits.

Additional revisions have been applied to the higher performance variants, the GT and R.S. The headlights of these have been given LED framing and a model identification logo beneath the Renault badge on the bonnet. The GT can also be distinguished by its unique front bumper and the R.S. by some rapacious styling and red trim elements.

Most of the changes have been restricted to the exterior, although the infotainment system will get a multi directional joystick, to control Renault's R-Link Multimedia set up.

The Bose editions will get special treatment in the form of a glossy, black bumper frame, posh upholstery and unique Akhiro 17 inch alloys. Hatchback variants will have black and chrome protective side mouldings, while Sports Tourers will come with chromed roof cars and side window frames.

In performance terms, the only significant change comes in the form of an additional engine option, a 1.2 litre 130 Tce petrol unit, good for 128bhp and assisted by a dual clutch EDC transmission.

No pricing has been confirmed but in the interest of healthy sales volumes, Renault is unlikely to stray too far from the current model's starting price of £16,745. The updates will be on show at Renault's Frankfurt stand, along with the recently announced Initiale Paris Concept.

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