New 2020 Renault Megane facelift adds plug-in hybrid power

The updated Renault Megane hatch gets a refreshed look, plus a new E-Tech plug-in hybrid that can cover 31 miles on pure-electric power

The Renault Megane range has been overhauled for 2020 with styling, interior and trim updates. The biggest change comes under the bonnet, where the mid-life refresh of the fourth-generation model introduces a new plug-in hybrid powertrain. 

The new E-Tech hybrid is a more potent version of the system that’ll make its debut in the smaller Clio. Here, it uses the same 1.6-lite petrol engine, but gains a second electric motor to release a total of 158bhp.

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Though full performance details are still to be confirmed, Renault says that the Megane will drive at up to 84mph in zero emission mode. Based on WLTP efficiency tests, the 9.8kWh battery lets the Megane E-Tech cover up to 31 miles without help from the combustion engine, or 40 miles in urban environments.

The hybrid set-up will first find its way into the Estate model, with the hatchback following later. Both models are treated to the same subtle cosmetic upgrades, which externally is limited to little more than LED headlight graphics.

The cabin gains a host of tech upgrades. A portrait touchscreen remains, but the new 9.3-inch display gets a smartphone-inspired operating system. The old seven-inch digital speedometer has been replaced by a 10.2-inch screen. 

Reanult has also seen fit a greater level of semi-autonomous systems. The Level 2 self-driving tech will let the Megane accelerate, brake and steer for short periods with minimal input from the driver.

At the hottest end of the range, the Megane RS receives minor tweaks to keep pace with the Ford Focus ST and the Hyundai i30 N. Previously, the 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine was offered in two power outputs. Now the lesser 276bhp version has been dropped, and both standard and Trophy models offer up the same 296bhp. Torque stays at 400Nm for cars equipped with a six-speed manual, while dual clutch automatic versions get an 10Nm more than before, with 420Nm.

The RS Trophy adds further focus; beyond the standard RS, spring rates have increased by 25 front and 30 at the rear, while the rollbar is 10 per cent stiffer. A Torsen limited-slip differential helps to deploy the power to the road more effectively, while the four-wheel steering set-up is carried over.

Below the RS is a new RS Line trim, which takes the place of the old GT Line model.

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