Renault Megane Sport Tourer 3

The fourth-generation Renault Megane made its official debut at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, bringing with it a new architecture (Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Common Module Family) underneath, and new looks above. Like its predecessor, a Sports Tourer (wagon) version is set to be offered for the Megane, and these spyshots give us a first look at just a model.

Spotted undergoing winter testing, the test mule here sports end-to-end camouflage, along with fake body panels to mask the modifications made to achieve the new body style. Even then, some design details still manage to shine through the copious camo.

Starting from the front, the Megane Sports Tourer (ST) retains the hatch’s front fascia, along with the distinctive C-shaped headlights. However, the LED 3D-effect positioning lights appear to be covered by the camo. Other elements that are carried forward include the corner intakes/fog lamp enclosures and alloy wheel design.

The vehicle’s side profile is where the majority of the distinctions take place. Aside from the obvious added overhang to accommodate more cargo space at the rear, the Megane ST gets its rear doors reworked as well. They now appear to feature a more vertical trailing edge, accompanied by a flatter roofline, and as a result, a straighter window line as well.

At the rear, only a small portion of the LED tail lights are in view. Expect it to mirror the hatch’s design, which reaches all the way to the trademark diamond badge in the centre of the rear liftgate. This design guideline was first set in place with the introduction of Renault Talisman in July 2015.

No details on the powertrain fitted to the Megane Sports Tourer were given, but expect the same 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5 litre turbodiesel mills from the hatch to be offered at launch. Also, a more powerful GT variant with a 1.6 litre turbo mill could be on the cards as well. Transmission options for the Megane hatch include a six-speed manual or a seven-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) gearbox.

Among the tech that will be offered for the Megane Sports Tourer include a portrait-format 8.7-inch capacitive touchscreen (with pinch-to-zoom functionality) for the R-Link 2 infotainment system, Multi-Sense system with five driving modes and several safety and driver assistance system as well.


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