Estate version of the new Renault Megane will go on sale in the UK this autumn, with a range-topping GT version leading the charge

The new Renault Megane Sport Tourer has been revealed at the Geneva motor show. The covers have come off the car on the show stand, with full details of the model line-up due to follow later today (1 March).

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Due to go on sale in the UK this autumn, the estate version of the new Megane is described as being "elegant and sporty," and will feature "an intuitive, modular interior with a choice of boot arrangements". Renault says the new car will also come with the longest maximum load length of any car in this segment.

While keeping the same front-end design as the new Megane hatchback, the estate gets roof rails and an extended rear section to incorporate its larger boot. As with the hatchback, the Megane Sport Tourer range will be crowned by a sporty GT model, which features styling inspired by the firm's hot Renault Sport models. The Sport Tourer GT receives unique air vents and a radiator grille mesh at the front, and a chromed exhaust pipe and diffuser at the rear.

While Renault hasn't officially revealed what engine will power the Sport Tourer GT, it's likely to be the same 202bhp petrol unit already sold in the Megane GT hatchback. A 163bhp diesel will also be offered. Both engines will be linked to dual-clutch automatic transmissions with wheel-mounted shift paddles. The rest of the Sport Tourer's engine range will also be lifted from the Megane hatchback, with power ranging from 89bhp to 202bhp.

Like the Megane hatch, the Sport Tourer GT receives Renault's 4Control four-wheel steering system, which works in conjunction with bespoke damper, spring, brake and stability control settings to improve handling at high speed, while also making the car easier to manoeuvre around town.

With pricing for the new Megane hatchback set to remain broadly in line with the current model, which starts at £17,570, the same is likely to be true for the Sports Tourer. Therefore, a starting price of around £18,500 is expected.

When the car goes sale, it will compete against stretched versions of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf.

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Renault Megane
It's hard to make a case for any of the non-sporting Megane range

The Renault Megane looks bland, and it's not that good to drive either

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1 March 2016

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