2013 Renault Megane range revised; wagon joins Australian range

Renault has given its Megane range a light makeover for 2013 and has (hurrah-of-hurrahs) added a wagon to the line-up.

The lightly made over Renault Megane range kicks off with the A$20,990 Expression that’s only available in hatch form with a manual transmission; a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a $2,000 option. Standard features air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and speed limiter, 6 airbags, and stability and traction control. The sound system features a new interface, USB port, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth for hands-free and streaming, and CD slot.

Next up is the A$26,490 wagon-only Dynamique that has a CVT as standard. Other features include dual-zone climate control air-con, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, electronic parking brake, LED driving lights, rear parking sensors, leather gear knob and steering wheel, front fog lights, height adjustable front seats, and lumbar settings for the driver’s seat. All wagons come standard with a luggage net and roof racks.

The GT-Line models start from A$26,490 for a petrol-engine hatchback with the CVT. The wagon body adds A$1,500 to the asking price, while those wanting the diesel motor/dual-clutch transmission drivetrain will need to find an extra A$2,500. Standard fittings include sportier suspension, 17-inch alloys, sat nav, redesigned front and rear bumpers, GT-Line badging, sportier seats, sports steering wheel, proximity entry and push button start.

One more step up the ladder is the GT-Line Premium Pack that begins at A$29,990 for the CVT petrol hatch. Again wagons are A$1,500 extra, and the diesel/dual-clutch drivetrain adds A$2,500. Extra fittings include leather seating, heated front seats, reversing camera, front parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, fold down rear armrest, and lane departure warning.

Top of the pile is the A$32,990 hatch-only Privilege that comes with a diesel engine and dual-clutch transmission as standard. On top of that there’s an electric driver’s seat, rear seat ventilation, and white piping for the black leather seat facings.

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Derek Fung

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