Renault has decided to stop selling the warmed-up Megane GT and GT-Line in Australia, leaving the 205kW RS hot hatch as the sole member of its small-car range.
While there’s no impediment to sourcing Megane GT and GT-Lines, the company says customer demand has declined to the point the cost of stocking them, promoting them, keeping parts for them, and transporting them, no longer stacks up.
Once existing stock is depleted, no more will be ordered.
The Megane GT ($38,990 before on-roads) undercuts the entry-level RS by $7000, and had a less powerful 151kW 1.6-litre turbo engine.
But its rear-wheel steering and sporty looks made it a warmed-up alternative to the full-on RS. The $32,990 GT-Line kept the looks but had a less powerful 1.2-litre drivetrain.
There was a time where Renault offered its Megane in multiple specification levels below even GT-Line, in hatchback, wagon and sedan bodies. But with small-car sales battling, it has progressively reduced this range.
“The response of the market and demand from customers was just not there to try to make it work at a national level,” Renault Australia managing director Anouk Poelmann told us.
“And it’s in response to how the market is changing. The the SUV market is still growing, passenger market is going down, and we were too small to play a significant role,” she added.
Reflecting this, the company now offers the Kadjar and Koleos SUVs, which it says better serve the majority of its buyers. It will also launch new-generation Clio hatch and Captur crossover models next year, alongside the Zoe EV.
From here, you can expect the Megane badge to become more synonymous with performance, augmented by hotter RS derivatives such as the Trophy-R. Anyone keen on a non-RS Megane will be steered towards a Kadjar or Koleos.