The Renault Megane has a new face. The facelifted third-generation model has taken on the French manufacturer's new ‘brand identity’. It has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale in Europe in the first quarter of 2014.
The Megane Hatchback, Coupe and Sports Tourer all feature a new front bumper with F1-style extended air vent grille. There’s also a new bonnet bearing an enlarged Renault badge, now set against a gloss black background and new elliptical headlights. New daytime running lights also stretch along the outer sides of the front bumper.
Although each of the three Megane variants now feature the same front end, Renault claims, “Each model retains its own distinctive character.”
Sportier GT and R.S. models have also received cosmetic revisions. The restyled headlights are framed with LEDs and either a small GT or R.S. badge is fitted below the enlarged Renault logo on the bonnet depending on the model. The GT variant receives a slightly tweaked version of the new front bumper, with the R.S. model being marked out with its more aggressive styling and red detailing.
Inside, changes are minimal but the Megane range features a new multi-directional joystick on the centre console for browsing the Renault R-Link multimedia system.
On Megane Bose models an exclusive gloss black bumper surround, along with new upholstery and new 17-inch Akhiro alloy wheels will be fitted. If you choose the Bose trim on Hatchback models protective black and chrome side mouldings are fitted as standard and on Sports Tourer models, Renault will fit chrome roof bars and side window surrounds.
The Megane range is also now available with EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission with the 130bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine.
Prices are yet to be announced but don’t expect them to vary too much from the £16,745 starting price of the current model.