The Renault Megane Estate GT220 could become a sexy wagon offering in Australia in 2013.
Renault Australia is importing the regular Megane wagon range from mid 2013 and says the just-announced GT220 variant is on its radar.
The GT220 shares a number of features and components with the French brand’s renowned Megane RS265 hot-hatch.
It uses a detuned version of the RS265’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 162kW and 340Nm. A stop-start system helps keep official fuel consumption to 7.3 litres per 100km, with emissions of 169g/km.
Underneath the GT 220 is a suspension developed by Renault Sport and based on the underpinnings of the RS265. The wagon sits on 18-inch gloss black alloys that are wrapped in the same sticky rubber as the hot-hatch.
The Renault Megane Estate GT220 is built in Spain.
Renault continues to make good progress in Australia after initiating another comeback campaign in recent years.
It is closing the gap to French rival Peugeot locally, with 38 per cent year on year growth to October reaping sales of 3885 compared with Peugeot’s 4325 units that are down just over four per cent.
2013 will also see Renault introduce the full Clio range in the second half of the year, giving the company an entrant in the city car class.