The Megane range will be the first to be fitted with Renault’s new twin-clutch gearbox technology. The system’s rollout begins from the start of next year.
The six-speed unit, which will be called DCT (Dual Clutch Technology), will initially be mated to Renault’s new 108bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine and will be available on the hatch, estate and Scenic models.
However, unlike most twin-clutch gearboxes, Renault’s system will not be available with steering wheel-mounted paddles or switches.
“When you are talking about a Ferrari it makes sense to have paddles, but not here,” said Christian Steyer, Renault’s development chief for C-segment vehicles. “If the transmission is well focused then the driver will have fun, regardless of paddle shifts. We do not see the point of such a system for our cars.”
Although Steyer conceded that a paddle-shift system would make more sense on cars with more than 200bhp, insiders suggest that Renault has no current plans to introduce the system on its Renaultsport models.