Renault Megane (2002–2008)
Sport Tourer and Sport Saloon versions in UK November 2003. At 1,600 litres, wagon is bigger inside than Laguna Sport Tourer. Handling kit option includes understeer control. 225bhp RenaultSport RS Turbo announced at September 2003 Frankfurt Show. RenaultSport Megane 225 Trophy feels very much quicker than Golf GTi 2.0T FSI despite mere 25bhp more.
Updated model on sale. Detail changes to exterior and interior design with improved quality and materials. New flagship 2.0 dCi 150hp. Facelift coincides with revised range of engines, all EU4. High power 150hp version of 2.0 dCi unit as well as the inclusion of a periodic regeneration particulate filter for 1.9 dCi unit, output upped to 130hp.
New Mégane diesel range extended to include 85hp and 105hp versions of 1.5 dCi. 105hp has best power/fuel consumption/CO2 emissions ratio in its class. Petrol engines include 1.4 16V (100hp), 1.6 16V (110hp), 2.0 16V (135hp) and 2.0T (165hp) to 225hp 2.0 16V Turbo unit which powers Mégane Renaultsport. Optional cruise control and speed limiter. Passenger airbag can be deactivated by keyswitch.
Megane Renaultsport dCi 175 launched April 2007 43.5 mpg and insurance group 12E. Two trim levels – dCi 175 and Lux, in either three- or five-door hatchback, priced £18,950 to £20,850.
Mégane Hatch E85 bioethanolon sale at the end of 2007. Uses the 1.6 16V 105 engine modified so it adapts automatically to bioethanol fuel. The main upgrades have been made to the fuel tank, injection system and combustion chambers. developed from expertise gained in Brazil, where Renault has been selling FlexFuel versions of Clio and Mégane running on bioethanol E100 since 2004. New tax incentive sees a 2% discount on employees’ taxable car benefits where the car is capable of running on E85 fuel, an ethanol fuel based on a mix of at least 85% ethanol with conventional petrol.