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Renault releases details of new Megane range

2012 Megane will start from £16,275

Renault has announced UK prices and specification for its updated 2012 Megane range, incorporating Coupé, Hatch and Sport Tourer body styles.

02 Renault Megane estate

The 2012 Renault Megane Sport Tourer

Following Renault’s decision to axe five models and 55 dealers in the UK last year due to financial constraints, the new range of trim levels has been cut to just three from the previous range’s four, simplifying choice for customers.

Three trim levels

The new Megane range will be available in three trim variations – Expression+, Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom.

Expression+ trim replaces the previous Megane’s entry-level Expression specification and includes Bluetooth connectivity and an upgraded stereo with USB expansion port, on top of 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control with speed limiter and air conditioning as standard.

Dynamique TomTom trim remains unchanged from the previous Megane range, featuring a TomTom-developed satellite navigation system, while adding automatic headlights and windscreen wipers and keyless entry and start.

Range-topping GT Line TomTom vehicles receive Renault’s new automatic parking brake with hill start assistance, rear parking camera and sensors and a premium Arkamys 3D Sound system.

All three Megane body styles get Renault’s lightly tweaked aesthetics, featuring a sharper front end with incorporated LED running lights (on all but Expression+ models) and a new gloss black bumper finish with chrome inserts.

03 Renault Megane Coupe

The new Renault Megane range is on sale now

Three new engines for Megane

Three new engines will be added to the 2012 Renault Megane, all equipped with stop-start technology.

A 113bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit returning claimed ‘diesel-like’ efficiency of 53.3mpg with 119g/km CO2 emissions according to Renault – meaning zero car tax (VED) in the first year, rising to £30 every year after – is joined by a pair of new diesel engines.

Buyers can choose between a 108bhp 1.5-litre and 128bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel, returning claimed efficiency of 80.7mpg combined with 90g/km CO2 emissions, and 70.6mpg with 104g/km CO2 emissions, respectively.

The smaller 1.5 dCi slips under the 100g/km CO2 zero car tax (VED) threshold, so will be cheap to run (Renault boasts it produces the least CO2 of any C-segment car on sale today) while the 1.6 dCi unit will be free for the first 12 months, and £20 a year after that.

The firm’s 108bhp 1.6-litre petrol unit remains on offer, but with the introduction of the three new engines, Renault has removed the old 128bhp 1.4-litre and 178bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines from the range.

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The sporty new Renault Megane RS

Cheapest Megane now £16,275

The new Megane in entry-level Expression+ trim is priced from £16,275 for the 108bhp 1.6-litre petrol Hatch, rising to £16,775 for the three-door Coupé variant and £17,075 for the Sport Tourer equipped with the same engine.

The cheapest diesel – the dCi 90 ECO – begins at £17,525, £18,025 and £18,325 for the Hatch, Coupé and Sport Tourer respectively, while mid-spec Dynamique TomTom trim starts at £17,275, £17,775 and £18,075.

Range-topping GT Line TomTom trim kicks off at £19,825 for the Hatch, rising to £20,325 and £20,625 for the Coupé and Sport Tourer, while the most expensive vehicle in the Megane range (RS excepted) is the top-spec Megane Sport Tourer GT Line TomTom dCi 160 at £23,290.

The new Renault Megane range is on sale now with first customer deliveries beginning in early April.

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