- First details of Renault’s new estate
- Set to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next week
- Sportier looks and more technology included
First details have emerged of the new Renault Megane Sport Tourer, which is set to be officially unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Following in the wheel tracks of the recently revealed Renault Megane Hatchback in December 2015, the estate is set to rival the Ford Focus Estate, Volkswagen Golf Estate and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer.
Immediately noticeable is the sportier front end with new grille design, large diamond logo and C-shaped lighting signature. Matt-finish aluminum roof bars are included on all models (except sportier GT versions that upgrade to a dark metal finish) and chrome detailing around the side windows and D-pillar complete the look.
At the rear of the car, like the hatchback, the new estate features very wide LED tail lights stretching across almost the whole width of the car. GT versions also benefit from the firm's 4CONTROL driving technology for improved sportier handling.
According to the French firm, the new Megane Sport Tourer boasts the longest maximum load length in its class.
Trim details are yet to be announced, but we’re expecting the next-generation car to feature a new infotainment touchscreen system, an uplift in interior quality (something the current car lacks) and a suite of new safety features.
There’s no word on engines or CO2 figures yet either, but we’re expecting improvements across the board. Ideally suited for company car drivers is the firm's 1.5-litre dCi 110. In the hatch Renault claims this engine will achieve a combined fuel economy of 85mpg and 86g/km of CO2; although we 'd expect the estate to be slightly inferior, it should still slot into the 18 percent BIK tax band for 2016/17.
Renault has also confirmed a diesel-electric hybrid Megane hatchback will join the range in 2017, offering economy beyond 94mpg. It's yet to be confirmed if hybrid technology will make an appearance in the estate, though.
Make sure you keep checking back with us to get the full lowdown on the new car.