Renault updates the Megane GC

Renault updates the Megane GC.

Renault is updating its Megane Grand Coupe range for 2019. New engine options and some upgraded equipment levels are the most important updates.

The biggest changes to the engine line-up is the additon, for the first time, of a petrol option - the new 140hp TCe 1.3-litre four-cylinder unit. It comes with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and has a healthy 240Nm of torque, delivered at a low-down 1,600rpm, to ease the transition back to petrol for those who've become used to diesel's low-down lugging.

There is a diesel option too, of course - the 1.5-litre dCi engine, which has been updated with a new AdBlue system to cut the emission of toxic NOx gases, and which Renault says has a big enough reservoir that you won't have to top up the system too often.

The car's equipment levels have also been revised, into what Renault calls 'Easy-Life' trims. Those are Play, Icon and Signature.

Play, which replaces both the old Expression and Dynamique Nav trims, comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its seven-inch touch screen, climate control and parking sensors.

Icon replaces the old Dynamique S Nav trim, and comes with built-in navigation with a seven-inch screen, the Multi-sense system - which allows you to alter the engine mode, the cabin lighting and more - and the Visio Active safety system, which includes autonomous emergency braking.

Top-spec Signature comes with all of that, and includes a leather upholstered interior, 18-inch diamond cut wheels, 8.7-inch navigation screen and full LED lights.

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