The Renault Megane receives a minor facelift, as the model takes on the company's new front end
Darren Moss
10 September 2013

The facelifted Renault Megane has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show.

Hatchback, coupe and estate models of the car now all sport the new family front-end bumper from Renault, a style which was first seen on the new Clio.

There are very few other cosmetic changes. However, Renault has confirmed that a new 128bhp 1.2-litre 130 TCe petrol engine will be added to the range for the facelift, which will be mated to Renault's EDC dual-clutch gearbox.

Inside customers get minor trim and equipment tweaks, while Renault's R-Link infotainment system has also been added.

The car will be shown alongside other Renault models, including a new concept car teased last week.

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

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6 September 2013

Cleaner front but a bit nothing compared to yesterday's release. Give me a citroen cactus any day...

6 September 2013

This is one of those cars that I think looks much better after a facelift. The front end is a lot more interesting than the current one, and I think the proportions of the Megane fit this style far better than those of the Clio do.

6 September 2013

Looks better but I would still rather have the a new Citroen too.

6 September 2013

Have they fixed the tail lights? Easily the WORST aspect of the 5 door model since day one.

Il cuore ha sempre ragione.

6 September 2013

They need a completely new Megan, not another rehash.

And whilst its nice to see new engines introduced, what is the point if they only come with an auto box? I know some people want them, but why would Renault not want the sales of people who prefer manuals?

6 September 2013

They probably make it available with an auto only because it is the best way to make it meet the desired CO2 emissions and fuel consumption figures. There are other engines available with a manual gearbox anyway.

Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

6 September 2013

But will they buy one with a different engine, or simply a car from another manufacturer? For Renault, every sale is very important. Why deliberately put people off? Its not the first time is it. They have done the same with both the fast and moderately warm Clios too.

And whilst generally auto boxes do the official test better than manuals because they can be left to their own devices rather than having to change gear at all the wrong points (as is the case for most manuals), surely a slightly higher fleet average is better than not selling cars full stop?

6 September 2013
artill wrote:

And whilst its nice to see new engines introduced, what is the point if they only come with an auto box? I know some people want them, but why would Renault not want the sales of people who prefer manuals?

This is what gets me. Why not offer the option of manual AND auto boxes? Similarly, VAG must surely be losing sales with the auto only Polo GTi/Fabia Vrs/Ibiza FR trio.

6 September 2013

The matter of what Renault likes to call Efficient Dual Clutch is bound to cost them quite a few sales.
I had my eye on the 1.2L TCE for my partner but in comes the brochure today and guess what?
Yep, its available with the auto box only. Nice cars both Clio and Captur, but, boy, what a waste?
When I'm 50 and too lazy to change gears then Renault can have my custom - if they're still trading!

6 September 2013

is car manufacturers who insist on offering auto boxes (which I need as I am disabled) in a 5 door only (which being in a wheelchair I find almost impossible to get into).


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