Petrol and diesel Renault Megane models dropped and replaced with a fully electrified line-up that offers up to 30 miles of electric running
Renault has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid powertrain is coming to the Megane hatchback, joining the Sport Tourer version of the Megane PHEV from August next month, with first deliveries commencing in September.
With its arrival, Renault will drop non-hybrid petrol and diesel models from the Megane hatch and estate range. Pricing and full details have yet to be confirmed, but the Megane E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid hatch is expected to cost around £29,500 for the entry-level Iconic trim.
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Like the Sport Tourer, the electrified Megane combines a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, small 64bhp electric motor plus a 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery that's currently used in the Sport Tourer.
Total power is 158bhp and 360Nm of torque, providing a 0-62mph time of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 114mph.
Most will be more impressed by the plug-in Megane's claimed 254mpg and ultra-low emissions of just 28g/km of CO2 that sees business users pay the 11 per cent Benefit-in-Kind tax rate and nothing in road tax for the first year.
From launch, just two trims will be offered – an Iconic variant and a sportier RS Line. Both versions come with cruise control, a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, an Eco and EV mode button, plus three driving modes, as well as front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high-beam headlamps.
Options specific to the Iconic trim include 16-inch diamond-cut alloys, Renault's Easylink navigation system, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that's accessed via a seven-inch touchscreen.
Upgrade to the RS Line and you get body-coloured RS Line bumpers, larger 17-inch alloys, an RS branded leather steering wheel, a more advanced emergency autonomous braking system, a rear-view parking camera, hands-free parking aid and a larger 9.3-inch central touchscreen.
Optional extras for the Megane Hatch Plug-in Hybrid include a Safety Pack that adds adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and E-Call. A further Motorway Pack introduces semi-autonomous cruise that can handle stop and go, lane centering and rear cross traffic alert.
Stay tuned, because Renault says it will introduce official pricing in the next few weeks ahead of sale beginning next month.
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