Full Megane estate details
We've already seen the design of the Megane Sport Tourer and it's an attractive machine, including a chrome trim that runs from the waistline up to the rear quarter-panel on all models. Matt-finish integrated aluminium roof bars will appear on every version but base grade models, while the GT gets a sportier countenance, with beefy bumpers, honeycomb mesh grilles, large air intakes and optional 18-inch diamond-cut alloys. It also benefits from a chromed exhaust pipe and a sculpted diffuser.
All Meganes come with an ergonomically improved driving position, with a colour head-up display, seven-inch TFT data screen and 8.7-inch 'R-Link 2' multimedia touchscreen technology forming an L-shape around the driver. Again, the GT is a cut above - bucket seats, blue stitching and chequered logos team up with blue trim strips and flashes in the instrument binnacle to reinforce the sportiness. There's also a sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals and paddle shifts.
Customers will buy the Megane Sport Tourer for its practicality benefits over the hatchback, though, so it's worth noting the 580-litre modular boot, wealth of cabin stowage compartments and its ability to carry 2,770mm-long items, thanks to 60:40 split rear seats and a front passenger chair that folds completely flat.
Power ranges from 90- to 205hp, courtesy of the same powerplants that feature in its hatchback brother. For the normal Sport Tourer, there are three Energy TCe petrol drivetrains with either six-speed manual or seven-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmissions, while the GT gets the TCe 205 with the EDC only.
However, there's a rapid diesel version too, if you like the GT's styling, as the top trim comes with the Energy dCi 165 unit paired to a six-speed EDC. For the rest of the Megane Sport Tourer range, it's three power outputs (90-, 110- and 130hp) with six-speed gearboxes only, manuals in the main, but the EDC can be had on the 110hp Renault.
Like its Scenic cousin, the Renault Megane Sport Tourer will have a mild diesel-electric hybrid model added to its line-up following the car's launch later in 2016; this Hybrid Assist version is slated to hit the roads in early 2017.
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