Monday 19 January 2009

Renault Megane wagon spied in snow

Updated: 24/01/09

The Renault Megane hatchback and coupe are about to have a new member of their family.

Spy photographers who trekked to Northern Sweden have caught the newcomer undergoing some winter testing for the very first time. The Megane GrandTour was leaked onto the web afew months back. The Megane estate, dubbed Grand Tour will lose it's nameplate of Sports Tourer and some of it's praticality. Despite thick disguise, it is clear to see the lowered roofline and up-swept window line to give the Grand Tour a sporty look, similar to the 5dr Megane and 3dr Megane Coupe. This means that it will be less pratical too which is vital in the small-family car segment. Rivals include the Kia Cee'd SW, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf Estate, Chevrolet Lacetti, Vauxhall/Opel Astra, Hyundai i30 CW and Peugeot 308 SW.

Like the hatchback and coupe, the Grand Tour will be lighter than before as well as more fuel efficent. Powering the Megane will be a few engines found in the 5dr hatch, including the 1.5 litre dCi turbo diesel. That particular unit could be the most popular of the range since it's quite torquey, compact as well as economical. C02 emissions slot below the 120g/km mark too.

Look out for a Geneva motorshow launch in March with sales starting sometime in August.

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