2016 Renault Megane revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

Renault has released these official pictures of the new Megane hatchback ahead of its public debut at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Ford Focus rival shows design traits from other models in Renault’s range – such as the Talisman, which is also set to make its first public appearance at Frankfurt.

Unlike the Talisman, however, the Megane will be sold in the UK – with sales set to begin early next year.

In a move similar to Peugeot with its 308, the new Megane looks to be heading upmarket in a bid to take on the Volkswagen Golf.

Renault is yet to reveal any official pictures of the new Megane’s interior, but leaked pictures suggest it’ll feature a large touchscreen, similar to that of the latest Espace.

2016 Renault Megane revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

From launch, a premium Megane GT will be available with a sportier appearance from its new front bumper design, along with a broader air intake and a new honeycomb grille.

To the rear, two chromed exhaust pipes hint at its sportiness, along with ‘Renaultsport’ badging.

Renault is yet to confirm the engine range for the new Megane, with a number of new units thought to be on the agenda.

It’s also remaining tight-lipped about a hot RS version to take on the likes of the Ford Focus ST and Honda Civic Type-R, but we expect to hear more in the near future.

To find out more about the new Renault Megane and other important unveilings at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, keep an eye on Motoring Research, where we’ll be reporting live from 15 September.