The Renault Megane has been revised for 2012 and it includes three new petrol engines, and a diesel capable of 80.7 mpg .
The TCe 115 is the most powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine in the world, yet it returns low combined-cycle fuel consumption of 53.3 mpg with just 119 g/km of CO 2 . This gives it a theoretical range of about 620 miles, similar to some diesel models
The 2012 Mégane is the first Renault model to be available with the three new Stop & Start engines. They feature Stop & Start complete with deceleration/braking energy recovery.
The TCe 115 is the first Renault petrol engine to feature direct fuel injection and turbocharging resulting in a 25% reduction in fuel consumption. Versions of the 2012 Mégane powered by this engine return 53.3 mpg (combined cycle), which Renault claims is a record for a petrol car in this class, with CO 2 emissions down to 119 g/km.
The 2012 Mégane will also be available with two diesel engines, including the Mégane range’s best-selling 1.5 dCi 110 Stop & Start, which features fuel consumption which has been improved by 15 per cent to 80.7 mpg, equivalent to CO 2 emissions of just 90 g/km.
The second diesel engine is the 1.6-litre dCi 130 Stop & Start, returning a combined-cycle fuel consumption of 70.6 mpg, which is a 20 per cent saving compared to the former 1.9 dCi 130 engine. CO 2 emissions are 104g/km.
The Mégane has also undergone a number of small styling changes to freshen up the model’s original lines, and it features a range of new technologies such as Visio-System and Hill Start Assist.
With ten Constructors’ world titles to its name, Renault called on talent from the world of Formula 1 to carry over the technological excellence acquired on the race track to the development of its new range of diesel Stop & Start engines. Philippe Coblence and Jean-Philippe Mercier, the men behind the success of Renault’s V10 in the 1990s, were entrusted with the engineering development of the new 1.6 dCi 130 and 1.2 TCe 115 engines. Their skill has benefited road cars by taking the concept of downsizing to new limits thanks to solutions tried and tested in F1. These engines boast an unprecedented technological package for this level of range and have led to fuel consumption savings of up to 25 per cent compared to the engines they replace.
“F1 provides us with an extraordinary proving ground to test new technologies in extreme conditions,” says Carlos Tavares, Renault’s Chief Operating Officer . “Our 30-year commitment to the sport has enabled us to develop our downsizing expertise, combat friction and control cooling, all of which contribute to improving the energy efficiency of our vehicles without spoiling driving enjoyment.”
The new Mégane 2012 will go on sale in the UK from April.