Even with the rise of crossovers, wagons still fill a niche in Europe, and the Sport Tourer offers families some style in the segment. The GT adds extra flair to the regular long roof by including a honeycomb grille and a wide lower intake and smaller inlets at each corner. The design tweaks at the rear include a diffuser and chrome tailpipe. Beyond the more aggressive look, the GT is available with Renault's 4Control four-wheel steering system. It also gets two exclusive engine options: the gasoline-fueled Energy TCe 205 with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox or the diesel Energy dCi 165 with a six-speed dual clutch.
For buyers who want to combine luxury and zero emissions, Renault also has the Zoe Swiss Edition in Geneva. This version of the EV is only available within the watch-loving nation starting this summer, but the automaker promises a similar version for the rest of Europe in the fourth quarter. The exterior is available in an exclusive color called Yttrium Grey and rides on new 16-inch wheels. The improvements are more lavish inside where occupants sit in heated leather seats in Pailleté Brown, and Metallic Fumé Grey trim covers the dashboard, vents, and door panels. A six-speaker Bose stereo and velour floor mats complete the opulent upgrades.
New MEGANE Sport Tourer GT is the first C-segment estate to benefit from 4CONTROL
MEGANE Sport Tourer has the longest load capacity in its segment, at almost 2.8 metres
Range of diesel and petrol engines with Hybrid Assist version to follow
MEGANE Sport Tourer & MEGANE Sport Tourer GT due to go on sale in the winter
The Geneva Motor Show sees Renault present the new MEGANE Sport Tourer and the new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT, just two months after the launch of the model's hatchback, GT and GT Line versions.
The dynamic, elegant new MEGANE Sport Tourer combines an intuitive, modular interior, including a choice of boot arrangements, with the segment's longest maximum load length. The new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT features a large carrying capacity, 4CONTROL technology with four-wheel steering and Renault Sport signature styling.
These two versions of the MEGANE Sport Tourer are due to go on sale in the UK in winter.
A dynamic, elegant design
The design of the new MEGANE Sport Tourer blends dynamism with elegance. The lowest vehicle in its class, it also has the widest track to increase its feeling of solidity on the road.
The car projects a feeling of the very highest quality, notably in terms of fit and finish as well as the chrome trim that runs from the car's waistline up to the rear quarter panel on all models. Integrated, matt-finish anodised aluminium roof bars will be standard from the second equipment level upwards.
The new MEGANE Sport Tourer features a distinctive lighting signature. At the front, C-shaped headlights can be equipped (according to equipment level) with LED PURE VISION technology. At the rear, Edge Light technology creates an elegant 3D effect.
A carefully designed, ergonomic cabin
The new MEGANE Sport Tourer has a fresh cabin ambiance, tailored to the driver. Compared with the previous model, the driving position has been improved ergonomically. All the high-tech features (colour head-up display, dashboard with colour-adjustable seven-inch TFT data screen, R-Link 2 8.7-inch portrait-format multimedia tablet) are designed to facilitate everyday use. Controls are positioned in an L configuration, within easy reach of the driver.
Careful finishing touches, fine chrome detailing and high-quality materials further enhance traveling comfort.
New Mégane Sport Tourer GT: a design ripe with Renault Sport's DNA
On the outside, the front bumper has been designed to underline the car's sporting credentials and Renault Sport pedigree, while the honeycomb mesh of the upper and lower radiator grilles is specific to this model. The wide lower air inlet is flanked by two scoops. Renault Sport-designed GT-badged 18-inchdiamond-cut wheels are available as an option. At the rear, the new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT is fitted with a chromed exhaust tailpipe, on the nearside, along with a sculpted diffuser to reinforce the car's dynamic stance. The new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT has Renault Sport signatures to the left of the tailgate and on both front wings.
Inside, you'll discover the full Renault Sport experience. The bucket seats, with integral headrests, blue stitching and a chequered sport logo, are very comfortable and provide excellent lateral support. There are three upholstery options: fabric, and Alcantara® with either blue or black stripes. The new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT's identity is further emphasised by blue flourishes within the instrument binnacle, plus blue trim strips and seat stitching that complement the Iron Blue bodywork. The innovative sports steering wheel, in perforated full-grain leather, has optimised ergonomics, while the aluminium pedals and bespoke gear lever are designed to suit sporting drivers – as are the steering wheel gearshift paddles.
An easy-to-use modular boot
The new MEGANE Sport Tourer has 521dm3 VDA of luggage space (equivalent to 580 litres, the same as its forebear).
The modular boot is extremely straightforward to use. The boot floor has two positions. Selecting the high position creates a flat floor when the rear seat is folded to facilitate the loading of bulky items. In this configuration, further storage space of 50dm3 VDA is available beneath the floor. Alternatively, setting the floor in its lower position creates maximum load volume in a single area.
The new MEGANE Sport Tourer has lateral storage bins on each side of the boot, next to the wheel arches. In addition, there is a hook on both sides from which bags can be hung. Such carefully considered details make everyday life simpler. As an option, a luggage safety net that can be used vertically is available.
It is also possible to separate the boot into two compartments, front and rear, to prevent items from sliding around.
The soft luggage cover can easily be rolled up to facilitate loading. Beneath the floor, it has a dedicated storage area that does not detract from carrying capacity.
The longest load area in its segment, at almost 2.8m
Thanks to handles located within the boot area, Renault's Easy Folding system enables simple unlocking and automatic folding of the 60/40-split rear seat. In addition, the front passenger seat folds flat to accommodate items up to 2.77m in length, a figure no segment rival can match.
The highest standards of cabin space and comfort
The MEGANE Sport Tourer was designed with consideration for rear passengers and a revised seating position provides greater comfort. The available legroom is among the best in the segment (at 216mm) and the rear seat back has slightly more rake than that of the Mégane 3 Sport Tourer (27° rather than 25°), providing passengers with a better posture and consequently greater comfort.
Unrivalled technology within the C-segment
High standards of equipment echo the new Mégane hatchback
The new MEGANE Sport Tourer benefits from CMF (Common Module Family) C/D platform and thus has numerous features inherited from the new Espace and Talisman that are usually found only in higher segments. As a result, the MEGANE Sport Tourer is equipped with a range of technologies unique to its market sector:
A personalisable, connected control centre: the R-LINK 2 multimedia tablet is available in two formats, 7-inch landscape or 8.7-inch portrait
Driving enjoyment: GT versions are fitted with 4CONTROL
Individuality: the dashboard features a configurable colour seven-inch TFT data screen, plus MULTI- SENSE technology
Safety: colour head-up display, driver aids
4CONTROL for the new Mégane Sport Tourer GT
The new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT is the first C-segment Sport Tourer to benefit from 4CONTROL technology. A Renault innovation, the 4CONTROL chassis permits a degree of rear-wheel steering.
Specifically tailored to the new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT by Renault Sport's engineers, 4CONTROL adds dynamism and precision on twisty roads. Driving is more accurate, more reassuring and genuinely enjoyable in all circumstances. In the event of an emergency situation, the four steered wheels provide extra peace of mind thanks to their instant response.
The system combines high-speed stability with low-speed manoeuvrability and, for a Sport Tourer, the new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT is remarkably agile in built-up areas. To guarantee optimal stability, 4CONTROL monitors and adjusts the rear steering angle 100 times every second.
A comprehensive choice of engines, from 90 to 205hp, including hybrid assist
Engine options are the same as those available for the new MEGANE.
For the new MEGANE Sport Tourer and MEGANE Sport Tourer GT-Line (options might vary according to the market): the Energy TCe 100 with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the Energy TCe 130 with a 6-speed manual gearbox and the Energy TCe 130 with EDC dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission.
For the new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT only: the Energy TCe 205 driving through EDC dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission.
At the request of certain markets, the naturally aspirated SCe 115 engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox is also available.
For the new MEGANE Sport Tourer and MEGANE Sport Tourer GT-Line (according to the market): the Energy dCi 90 with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the Energy dCi 110 with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the Energy dCi 110 with EDC dual-clutch 6-speed automatic transmission and the Energy dCi 130 with a 6-speed manual gearbox
For the new MEGANE Sport Tourer GT only: the Energy dCi 165 driving through EDC dual-clutch 6-speed automatic transmission
Diesel-electric engine: Hybrid Assist with the Energy dCi 110 engine (with manual gearbox) will be available from 2017.
A limited-edition version of the ZOE, with the focus on elegance
The ZOE Swiss Edition is a limited-edition addition to the catalogue of Europe's best-selling electric passenger car. It targets customers who wish to benefit from the model's environmental credentials and rewarding mobility while enjoying an exclusive touch of elegance, including particularly plush leather upholstery and a premium Bose® audio experience.
The limited-edition Renault ZOE Swiss Edition will be released this summer in Switzerland and foreshadows the new high-end version of the model that will be available for sale in all the car's markets from the last quarter of 2016.
A new body colour and new wheels for extra chic
In addition to the original's sleek, fluid lines which are perfectly befitting of a modern electric city car, the ZOE Swiss Edition's exterior styling has been enhanced by discreet, sophisticated embellishments.
In addition to new 16-inch black Shadow diamond-cut wheels, practically all the existing body colours are available for the ZOE Swiss Edition which can also be specified with the brand new Yttrium Grey finish(1).
Outstanding leather upholstery, pleasing both to the eye and to the touch
The ZOE Swiss Edition's upholstery uses only rigorously-selected hides of the nest quality. The seats are exceptionally plush, due notably to longer fulling of the leather compared with more conventional processes. The soft , natural feel of the skins is preserved thanks to the extremely high standard of their finish, while the use of varnish and other chemical agents has been halved in comparison with most leather upholsteries.
The seats' striking appearance stems equally from the leather's Pailleté Brown finish and refined stitch work, including gussets on the cushions and seat backs, top-stitching, and hot stamped badging on the front head rests.
A cabin that oozes elegance and comfort
The rest of the ZOE Swiss Edition's interior matches the standard set by its elegant upholstery.
The dashboard features a soft-to-the-touch Metallic Fumé Grey finish and the same colour has been carried over to the air vent surrounds, R-Link console and door panels. The hand brake lever is trimmed in leather and the floor is protected by four thick braided velour carpet mats.
The ZOE Swiss Edition takes care of occupant wellbeing too, including heated front seats with a choice of three temperature se ings. The driver's seat is also equipped with manual lumber adjustment to adapt the seat back to the driver's build. Last but not least, the ZOE Swiss Edition comes with electrically folding door mirrors for additional peace of mind.
A silent ride to enjoy the purity of the premium Bose® audio system
ZOE's silent ride due to the absence of engine noise and vibrations inherent in electric vehicles means occupants can bene t fully from the Swiss Edition version's Bose®-quality sound. The car's premium audio system comprises six high-performance loudspeakers and a compact woofer which deliver every detail of original recordings.
The two dashboard-mounted 2.5cm tweeters provide crisp, balanced sound which is backed up by the full, rich volume of the two neodymium bass speakers incorporated in the front doors and the two wide-range speakers ed in the rear doors. The boot-mounted compact woofer contributes a deep, realistic low-frequency edge thanks to Bose® waveguide technology which reproduces the lowest notes with extreme clarity despite the woofer housing's compact size.
The 2015 European electric vehicle market: Renault and the ZOE on top
Renault, the electric vehicle pioneer in Europe, emerged as the market's number one manufacturer in 2015 with total sales amounting to 23,000 units for a market share of 23.6%.
The year also saw the Renault ZOE top the European electric passenger car market with a score of 18,500 vehicle registrations and a market share of 19.2%.
(1) The body colour of the ZOE Swiss Edition on display at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show is Givré Grey.