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Renault Megane, 2020, front
Renault Megane, 2020, rear
Renault Megane, 2020, interior
Renault Megane R.S. Line, 2020, front

AN upgraded Renault Megane is on the way and will come with plug-in hybrid technology as well as a sleeker look and more kit on board.

The new models will be on sale in the summer and will feature a new R.S. Line trim as well as a modified interior.

The car sees the introduction of Renault's E-TECH hybrid system in its medium-sized family model which uses a 160hp powertrain that includes a 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors.

Renault says it can travel up to 40 miles in pure electric mode and overall has emissions as low as 40g/km which equates to a theoretical 163mpg.

The plug-in powertrain will initially be available only in the Megane Sport Tourer estate before being fitted to hatchback models later.

Other engines in the line up are a 1.3-litre petrol developing 140hp and a 1.5-litre diesel with 115hp on tap and both will be available either with six-speed manual or seven-speed EDC automatic transmissions.

Inside, the latest Megane has a new 9.3-inch screen for the multimedia system and a 10-inch digital instrument cluster with Renault's EASYLINK multimedia system that now comes with the option of a semi-automated driving mode.

All models in the new range also have ultra-bright LED headlights to improve visibility.

Other changes include redesigned front bumper, dynamic air deflectors around the wheel arches to improve aerodynamics and more pronounced wings which give the car a more slithery appearance.

Dynamic indicators are another new feature while R.S. Line trim - which replace GT Line models - have sportier body kit including the F1 blade design from the hot Megane R.S and a honeycomb front grille.

Renault says the new Megane will be available from July with prices still to be confirmed. The current range starts from £17,995 for the hatch and £19,295 for the Sport Tourer.

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