The estate version of the fourth-generation Mégane is longer, wider and lower than the car it replaces, and comes available with new turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
It’s claimed to have the longest maximum load length of any car in its segment, and features modular boot arrangements to improve practicality.
Inheriting the same front-end design as the new Mégane hatchback, the estate gains roof rails and an extended rear thanks to its larger boot. Like the hatch, the Sport Tourer range will be eventually headed by a GT model, which gets Renaultsport-inspired exterior details and 18in wheels to match a more potent engine line-up.
For the regular Sport Tourer, there’s a choice of two turbocharged petrols in 99bhp and 128bhp guises, and four turbocharged diesels with between 108bhp and 128bhp. Renault is yet to confirm which of these engines will be offered to the UK market; we know a Hybrid Assist model will join the range from early 2017.
As standard the Sport Tourer comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, but a six-speed automatic and seven-speed dual clutch gearboxes are available with certain engines.
There are two engine options for the GT model, a 163bhp diesel or a 202bhp petrol. Both come mated exclusively to dual-clutch automatic transmissions - the petrol gets seven-speeds, while the diesel gets six.
The more driver-focused Sport Tourer GTs also benefit from 4Control four-wheel-steering to improve manoeuvrability, and Multi-Sense technology, which constantly adjusts the car’s suspension settings to cater to varying driving circumstances.
Renault’s new estate also offers as much as 570 litres of boot storage – matching the outgoing model – while adding more lateral storage bins and under floor space. The whole boot compartment can be spit into two sections to prevent items from sliding around, the rear 60:40 bench can be automatically folded and the front passenger seat folds flat for maximum space.
Inside, the carmaker’s latest R-Link infotainment system is available, with an 8.7in touchscreen in the centre console displaying things like satellite navigation and media, as well as storing up to six different profiles that remember driver preference settings. On these models, the car’s dials are also replaced by a 7in horizontal screen.
Additionally, GT models get sports seats, blue stitching and chequered logos, as well as blue trim and aluminium pedals to mark out their sporting credentials.
With pricing for the new Mégane hatchback set to remain in line with the current model, which starts at £17,570, the same is likely to be true for the Sports Tourer. A starting price of around £18,500 therefore seems likely.
Sales for the hatchback will kick off in the summer, but order books for the Sport Tourer and Sport Tourer GT won’t open until winter.