2012 Renault Megane facelift review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 9 January 2012 , 06:01:38 byAngela

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Renault Megane facelift

Renault released a new line-up for the Megane range, the Collection 2012. It is the most fuel-efficient car in its class and it is offered with three new engines: an Energy dCI 110, Energy dCI130 and the Energy TCe 115 that can deliver 115 horsepower. This last one is the first Renault petrol engine to feature direct fuel injection and turbo-charging for fuel-efficient performance. The Meganne Collection 2012 had some styling changes in comparison with its original lines. For the carmaker easy driving, comfort and safety are its priorities. When it comes to quality, the Megane is the best example and since its launch it has been the best-selling model in the brand. Its front end is more expressive, while the F1-style front blade which is characteristic for Renault Sport models feature two rows of six LED lights and the headlights sport black surround.

Renault has introduced changes across the brand's quality flagship Megane range with the release of the model's 'Collection 2012' line-up.

  • Front-end looks have been made more contemporary thanks to the incorporation of LED daytime running lights, while the impression of quality has been further heightened by the addition of gloss black and chrome styling details which symbolise the line-up's overall improvements.
  • Megane Collection 2012 also stands out as the most fuel-efficient car in its class thanks to the introduction of three new engines: Energy dCi 110, Energy dCi 130 and the brand new 115-horsepower Energy TCe 115. The latter is the most powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine in the market, yet it returns exceptionally low combined-cycle fuel consumption (5.3 litres/100km, equivalent to 119g of CO2/km), providing this version of Megane with a range of about 1,000km to put it on a par with diesel models.

For extra comfort and safety, Megane Collection 2012 features driver aids like Visio System? and Hill Start Assist which first became available for Collection 2012 versions of Scenic.

Megane Collection 2012 will go on sale from March in Europe, then in the course of the year elsewhere in the world (notably Turkey, Israel, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Russia and Argentina).

More modern front-end looks
Megane Collection 2012 has undergone a number of small styling changes compared to the model's original lines which proved such a hit with customers. The front end has a more modern feel, while LED daytime running lights provide a distinctive new lighting signature. The bumper features a gloss black finish with chrome highlights, and the selection of wheels has been entirely revised. The sum of these modifications mirrors the attention that has been paid to quality, an area which Renault sees as a priority. Meanwhile, the cabin comes with new interior trims, including a two-tone leather/Alcantara pack available in a choice of three finishes (depending on market) The Bose version is now an equipment level in its own right, while the personality of the specific GT and GT-Line finishes has been strengthened thanks to specific 'boomerang'-shaped LED lights, visible red upholstery stitching and a sports steering wheel incorporating thumb rests, plus Renault Sport-badged door sill guards and dashboard trim strip which serve as a reminder that the GT and GT-Line versions belong to the Renault Sport family. Last but not least, the list of body colours available for Megane Collection 2012 has been extended with the addition of Majorelle Blue and Pearlescent White.

Megane Collection 2012: 'Energy' power under the bonnet
Megane Collection 2012 is the first Renault model to be available with the three new Energy engines which combine both motoring enjoyment and fuel efficiency. They are the fruit of new-generation downsizing and call on Renault's experience in F1 to form unprecedented technology packages for this level of range, including Stop&Start complete with deceleration/braking energy recovery (see Energy sidebar). Thanks to their carefully-tuned acoustics, these engines produce a discreet, cushioned sound, with noise levels halved compared with the engines they replace.

Renault Energy TCe 115 - the return of petrol engines: the Renault Energy TCe 115 is the first Renault petrol engine to feature direct fuel injection and turbocharging for fuel-efficient performance. This new 1,198cc block is poised to replace the 1.6 16V and boasts both extra power (up 5hp to 115hp) and peak torque up 40Nm to 190Nm, with 90 per cent of this figure available from 1,650rpm. Its flexibility and acceleration from low revs are consequently similar to those of a diesel engine. In addition to being the market's best-performing 1.2-litre petrol powerplant, the Renault Energy TCe 115 is particularly energy efficient, with fuel consumption down 25 per cent. Versions of Megane Collection 2012 powered by this engine consume just 5.3 litres/100km (NEDC cycle), a saving of almost 1.5 litres/100km and a record for a petrol car in this class. CO2 emissions are down to 119g/km, while the car's range exceeds 1,000km, which is similar to the distances associated with diesel models.

Megane Collection 2012 will also be available with the two best diesel engines in their class, both of which combine driving pleasure with the market's lowest fuel consumption.

  • New diesel Energy dCi 110: the Megane range's best-selling 1.5 dCi engine has undergone a significant metamorphosis with the introduction of technology first introduced in 2011 on the Energy dCi 130, not to mention record low fuel consumption which has been reduced by almost 12 per cent, under 3.8 litres/100km. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions below 95g/km and makes Megane one of its segment's top three models in terms of energy efficiency. There has been no corresponding fall-off in performance, however, since peak torque is up 20Nm to 260Nm, which is available from as low as 1,750rpm.
  • Renault Energy dCi 130: this 1.6 litre diesel engine delivers 130 horsepower and 320Nm of torque, making it the market's most powerful powerplant for its size. It is also a pleasure to drive thanks to crisp acceleration performance from as low as 1,750rpm. Under the bonnet of Megane, it returns NEDC combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 4.0 litres/100km, which is a 20 per cent saving compared to the former 1.9 dCi 130 engine. CO2 emissions stand at 104g/km, enabling it to qualify for the 'eco subsidy' available in France.

Useful, affordable technologies for an even more reassuring drive
More than ever, enhancing everyday safety, making driving easier and maximising travelling comfort are seen as priorities for Renault.

Like Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic, Megane Collection 2012 can be ordered with the Visio System? which comprises a camera fixed to the windscreen behind the rear view mirror. It improves night-time vision and helps maintain driver vigilance thanks to two functions which it is the first system of its type to feature.

Automatically switches from main- to dipped-beam headlights: night-time driving calls for total vigilance, especially when it comes to optimising lighting in order to benefit from maximum visibility without being a hindrance for other road users. The Visio System? camera improves night-time vision by permanently scanning the road ahead. Whenever natural or street lighting is poor, and when no other vehicles are detected, it automatically switches to full-beam headlights at speeds of more than 45kph. Remembering to switch back to dipped beam is no longer a constraint and the Visio System? permits the driver to benefit from full-beam headlights between four and five times longer than is the case without the system. Visibility is enhanced (100 metres instead of 30 metres) and there is less risk of colliding with an obstacle.

Lane departure warning: the camera emits a warning if it believes that the vehicle has involuntarily changed lanes, an occurrence frequently due to drowsiness or a drop in driver vigilance, and a major cause of accidents, especially on motorways. If lane markings are crossed without the indicators having been being activated, visible and audible warnings are automatically activated.

Comfort has been further enhanced by a new Hill Start Assist function. This feature is combined with the electronic parking brake and keeps the brakes under pressure for a few seconds, giving the driver enough time to pull away without the vehicle moving backwards. Meanwhile, Motorway Mode indicators facilitate driving: a slight touch of the indicator stalk sets off three flashes to warn other road users that the driver is about to change lane. To assist parking manoeuvres, a camera located at the rear provides a precise image of the vehicle's immediate surroundings and depicts its trajectory to help drivers adjust their line. Last but not least, the dual-zone automatic climate control is now equipped with a toxicity sensor which monitors cabin air quality and automatically activates the air-recycling mode whenever necessary.

Megane Collection 2012 continues to pack the technologies that have contributed to the model's success. The brand new R-Plug&Radio+ audio range is now equipped with Bluetooth? hands-free telephony, connectivity and audio-streaming, as well as Plug&Music connectivity and USB/jack sockets which enable music stored on mobile devices to be controlled by the vehicle's steering wheel-mounted fingertip control. Also available are Carminat TomTom? navigation complete with LIVE services (HD Traffic, real-time traffic information, etc.) and tailor-engineered Bose? surround sound.

Renault Megane: the flagship of the 'Renault Quality Made' campaign
Megane Collection 2012 cars are manufactured in Palencia, Spain, and benefit from rigorous production standards to guarantee impeccable quality. The model recently featured in a media campaign promoting quality '? la fran?aise' and is destined to serve as a global flagship for the Renault group's expertise in this domain across the entire range, from initial design to the showroom.

Jean-Pierre Vallaude (Senior Vice-President, Quality): "Megane is a credible ambassador for the quality of Renault vehicles thanks to its outstanding reliability and perceived quality which have improved with every evolution of the model. Megane is destined to become the worldwide quality benchmark for all Renault vehicles..."

As the Renault brand's best-selling model, with sales exceeding 235,000 units worldwide in 2011 and 730,000 units since its launch at the end of 2008, Megane today stands out as one of the most reliable cars in its segment. This reliability is recognised by the media (e.g. L'Automobile Magazine's Reliability Top 100) and has been underlined by independent bodies such as Germany's ADAC which have placed it at the top end of their respective classifications.

Following the pledge to continue improving made by Renault in 2003, Megane III saw a 40 per cent reduction in reliability-related incidents during a car's first year on the road compared to its predecessor.

Megane III has benefited from reinforced design and validation processes which take both durability and ageing into account. At the design phase, for example, a list of 100 specific points was taken into account to ensure impeccable reliability and improve running- and appearance durability compared to Megane II. Special attention was paid to reducing noise, improving sealing and the reliability of electronic components.

>Megane R.S. Collection 2012: extra horsepower and more torque for even punchier performance

Megane R.S. Collection 2012's R.S. Dynamic Management delivers 15 extra horsepower and 20Nm additional torque. By selecting the Sport Mode, the driver can benefit from peak power of 265hp/195kW and up to 360Nm of torque (limited edition Trophy version) for even crisper acceleration response. Thanks to this Renault Sport innovation, it is possible to use Megane R.S.'s potential to the full, notably on tracks. At the same time, the sound produced by Megane R.S.'s engine has been revised to ensure a satisfying pitch at all revs thanks a more open exhaust design and a reinforced sound pipe.

In terms of looks, the front end is more expressive, while the F1-style front blade which is a characteristic of Renault Sport models features two rows of six LEDs and the headlights sport black surrounds. The centre of the new design 18-inch alloy wheels (satin finish or matt black) and the existing rims of the Trophy version feature an 'R.S.' logo, and a new option is the R.S. Red Design Pack which comprises red pin-striping for the front blade, side sills and diffuser. A new interior trim has been introduced, featuring visible red stitching for the steering wheel, gear lever knob, gear lever bellows and dashboard trim. The new, distinctive two-tone light grey and charcoal leather upholstery can also be specified as an option, as can fabric or leather Recaro seats and a predominantly yellow ambience. Other sporty details include a black lacquer finish for the centre console and air vent surrounds, plus a charcoal-effect finish for the door panel inserts.

Thanks to its exceptional dynamic qualities, Megane R.S. stands out as the C segment's best-selling high-performance coup?. It has won over 12,500 buyers worldwide since its European launch in January 2010, as well as in Russia, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Japan and South Africa. In June 2011, it established a new record of 8mins 8secs for a lap of the N?rburgring, making it the fastest front-wheel drive car ever round the 'Nordschleife'. Acclaimed by the world's press, Megane R.S. has won four awards and is frequently compared to the most prestigious super cars for the driving sensations it delivers. Renault Sport has also showcased Megane R.S.'s potential in motorsport with the production-based Megane R.S. N4 which won its class in the Belgian and Germany rally championships.