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A mighty collection of new on-road photos for the next-generation 2016 Renault Megane have been handed down today, ahead of the five-door hatch’s global launch next year.

Revealed at September’s Frankfurt motor show, the new Megane arrives as a successor to the now seven year-old third-generation model, which benefited from a key facelift in 2014.

The new Megane joins its most recent stablemates in wearing Renault’s new family look, which includes a diving grille design up front that reaches out into the headlights for a unified wing-like design.

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This look is now featured across the Renault range, in some cases as a facelift of earlier models. For the new Megane, as with the big new Talisman – and the recently spied successor to the Koleos SUV – that look also includes a pair of sharp LED hooks that reach down into the front bumper.

Underpinning the new Megane is Renault Nissan’s new CMF-CD platform, which forms the basis of models like the Euro-market Renault Kadjar, Espace and Talisman, and Nissan’s Qashqai, X-Trail and Euro-market Pulsar.

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Renault’s new-generation small hatch measures 4359mm long and 1447mm tall, making it 64mm longer but 25mm lower than its predecessor, while riding on a 28mm longer wheelbase.

Depending on the market, the 2016 Megane will be offered with four petrol and five diesel engines, although a much smaller selection is likely for Australia.

New 152kW petrol and 123kW diesel GT models will headline the regular Megane range, with the former replacing the 162kW/340Nm GT220 model.

These models will act as rivals to the likes of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI and GTD offerings.

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The new Megane will hit Australia in the second half of 2016.

Click the photos tab above for more new images of the next-generation Megane.

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