The all-new 2017 Renault Megane has officially launched in Australia, taking on the likes of the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf.
Replacing the ageing third-generation model that first debuted in 2008, the new Megane MkIV is offered with two turbocharged petrol engines.
A 97kW/205Nm ‘TCe 130’ 1.2-litre unit sits under the bonnet of the Life, Zen and GT-Line models, while a more powerful 151kW/280Nm ‘TCe 205’ 1.6-litre mill powers the sporty Megane GT.
Buyers are offered a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed ‘Efficient Dual Clutch’ (EDC) automatic transmission with the 1.2-litre engine, while the GT’s 1.6-litre is exclusively offered with the seven-speed EDC.
Fuel use is rated at 5.5L/100km (5.6L/100km EDC) for the 1.2-litre turbo while the 1.6-litre unit claims to sip 6.0L/100km on the combined cycle.
An 81kW/250Nm 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine will join the two petrols at some point, though exact timing is still to be confirmed.
Standard on the base Life variant are a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, LED daytime-running lights (DRLs), automatic headlights and wipers, along with a tyre pressure monitor.
GT-Line and GT models are also offered with an option pack that adds LED headlights, an 8.7-inch portrait infotainment system and a Bose audio system.
The 2017 Renault Megane range kicks off at $22,490 plus on-road costs for the Life manual, topping out at $38,490 plus ORCs for the flagship GT.