In a place where volcanoes once created a whole chain of islands and where there is a high level of volcanic activity, Audi is demonstrating the core of its DNA: the quattro drive. The fourth generation of the A3 will present itself in its most emotive form in the pristine landscape of São Miguel, where the spectacular Azores Rallye is held. The all-wheel drive in the compact model is the latest stage in the evolution of a successful technology. An electro-hydraulic multi‑plate clutch that is managed by a precisely tuned all-wheel software forms its core.
Aside from providing the A3 with a maximum level of stability, grip, and driving pleasure, it is also extremely efficient. In interaction with the adaptive suspension and the progressive steering, this results in a sporty performance that impresses in tight winding roads and varied mountain and valley stretches in particular.
The clutch is located at the end of the prop shaft, in front of the rear axle differential – an installed position that benefits the axle load distribution in particular. Inside is a package of plates that operate in an oil bath. Its metal friction rings are arranged behind one another in pairs – one ring of each pair is rigidly meshed with the clutch housing, which rotates with the prop shaft; the other ring is meshed with the short output shaft to the rear axle differential.
Audi tailored the electronic torque distribution control specifically to suit the new A3 and integrated it in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. It takes the data of the suspension sensors into account and detects not only the driving condition and road properties but also the driving style. The control unit uses this data as a basis to calculate a torque distribution that provides optimum efficiency and passes the value on to the clutch. This is particularly efficient.
The all-wheel drive distributes the torque with full variability between the front and rear axles. During normal driving operation, the majority of the engine’s power is transmitted to the front wheels. When driving off or when the front axle has little traction, the clutch diverts the torque at lightning speed: In this case, an electric axial-piston pump is activated, which applies up to 44 bar of hydraulic pressure to the clutch plates. The more the clutch plates are pressed together by this pump, the more drive torque is transmitted to the rear axle – the maximum is 100%.
The clutch can already transmit part of the torque to the rear axle when the driver turns the steering wheel with a sporty driving style. As soon as the driver accelerates, the torque presses the A3 into the curve. During load changes, the distribution of torque allows precise turning into the bend, which further increases driving dynamics.
The wheel-selective torque control, a software function of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), is the icing on the cake when it comes to sporty characteristics. When the new Audi A3 drives through a curve at high speed, the program applies the brakes slightly to the two wheels on the inside of the curve. The difference in drive forces on both axles turns the car into the bend, allowing it to follow the steering angle precisely. This makes the handling even more agile, fluid, and safe.
The perceived response of the quattro drive is also changed in the three functional modes of the ESC. This allows the traction and driving stability to be adapted to the driver’s request. If the ESC has to regulate, its adjustments are gentle and virtually imperceptible. Maximum power transmission is ensured in ESC ON mode. This means that acceleration is safe and stable and performed with as little wheel slip as possible.
By selecting Sport mode, the driver can drift on surfaces with a low coefficient of friction, such as snow, in a controlled, safe manner. The greater wheel slip in this case provides increased driving pleasure. In ESC OFF mode, the amount of possible wheel slip is nearly unlimited, allowing the Audi A3 to offer puristic handling characteristics.
Due to their design, conventional steering systems always require a compromise between sportiness and comfort. The electromechanical progressive steering in the new Audi A3 solves this conflict. Its toothed rack and pinion have a special shape and toothing. This results in different gear ratios depending on the steering angle. When the steering wheel is turned in heavily, it is smaller and the steering is very direct. This decreases the steering effort in urban traffic and while maneuvering and increases the level of comfort considerably.
On curvy roads, the progressive steering increases the driving dynamics, allowing the A3 to offer an even sportier driving style. The steering wheel has to be turned just 2.5 times to get from end stop to end stop; the steering ratio in the center position is 14.3:1. The power assistance is in perfect harmony with this character and adapts to the driving speed. At low speeds, it is higher in order to enable easier maneuverability; as the speed increases, the power assistance is decreased continuously. This allows the driver to experience a calm, full steering feel even when driving at high speed on the highway.
The progressive steering is equipped with a highly efficient electromechanical drive that outputs power only when it is needed. It works together closely with various assist systems, such as the adaptive cruise assist, the collision avoidance assist, and the park assist.
Comfortably soft or sporty and taut? Both are possible with the suspension with adaptive damper control. Three damper characteristics ensure that the driver can experience the spread of the driving characteristics and enjoy particularly agile handling. Sensors measure the vertical acceleration of the body structure and the relative movement of the individual wheels in relation to it. The control unit processes its signal in a matter of milliseconds and adapts each damper to the condition of the road, the driving situation, and the driver’s requests in an individual and ongoing.
The dampers include electromagnetically actuated valves that can be regulated extremely quickly and in a highly energy-efficient way. Depending on their position, they allow the hydraulic fluid to flow faster or slower, which changes the characteristics of the dampers between soft and hard.
The driver can switch the basic damper settings between the three modes of comfort, auto, and dynamic in the Audi drive select system. In doing so, the suspension increases the range between a soft rolling motion during smooth driving and with taut handling so that the driver gets an intense experience of the spread. In the case of a sporty driving style in curves, the dampers support the car and ensure that it does not dip as much when braking. This ensures that the wheels stay in closer contact with the road.
The Audi drive select system is the interface between the regulated suspension and drive systems and the driver. It can be switched between five modes – comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and individual – via a physical button located near the gearshift or selector lever. If the driver selects the “individual” setting, they can freely specify their personal preferences to a great extent.
In every A3 model, Audi drive select varies the characteristics of the throttle response and steering assist. Depending on the equipment, the system also incorporates the S tronic, the quattro drive, and the suspension with damper control. It also influences comfort and safety systems such as the automatic air conditioning, matrix LED headlights, seat belt tensioner, and adaptive cruise control.
Significant interior enhancements for 2020 improve ergonomics and a number of newly standard Kia Drive Wise driver-assist technologies make time behind the wheel of the Cadenza more pleasant than ever.
“The Cadenza continues to introduce new and luxury-minded customers to the Kia brand,” said Michael Cole, President, Kia Motors America (KMA). “We recognise there are many customers who don’t want or need an SUV, but still desire a vehicle with plentiful interior room and a large trunk. The Cadenza is the perfect choice for these people and the refreshed 2020 model is well-suited to their needs.”
When it goes on sale later this year, the 2020 Cadenza will be available in two trims: Technology and Limited, while last year’s Premium trim has been eliminated. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.
Exterior enhancements include redesigned hood and grille with deeper vertical waterfall fascia, standard multi-lens LED headlights with redesigned LED DRL lamps, new lower front fascia with integrated turn signals, redesigned rear bumper and trunk lid, new LED combination rear taillights and redesigned 18-inch (standard) and 19-inch wheels (available).
Interior design changes include completely redesigned dash and instrument cluster with relocated audio controls above the climate switchgear, standard 4.2-inch TFT color screen in the instrument panel,new 12.3-inch touchscreen with multi-device Bluetooth connectivity is standard, new available multi-color ambient LED mood lighting (Limited only), two new nappa leather-trimmed seating colors: Saddle Brown and Gray, with Limited models offering quilted seat bolsters, three additional USB charging ports (one in the front passenger area, two in the rear seat), enhanced 10-watt wireless fast-charging phone charger and new standard Smart Key based Engine Start.
For 2020, Drive Wise, Kia’s advanced suite of driver-assisted technology, sees a number of significant enhancements to the Cadenza. New standard features include “Sensor Fusion” that combines Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian/cyclist detection, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and High Beam Assist. Lane Following Assist follows visible lane markings or a preceding vehicle and provides steering inputs to maintain the vehicle’s position in the lane.
Also included is Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist – Rear with Lane Change Assist. Highway Driving Assist uses federal highway speed limit information to automatically adjust vehicle speed to be within the posted speed limit. Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control – Curve uses navigation data to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves. Safe Exit Assist alerts the driver or passenger opening their door to not exit the vehicle when approaching traffic is detected.
Powered by the same smooth 3.3-litre V6 from last year, the all-aluminium engine delivers 290 horsepower to the front wheels through an 8-speed electronically controlled Sportmatic transmission. NVH improvements for 2020 include reinforced rear sub-frame cross members and resonator wheels (19-inch only) that help to reduce road noise entering the cabin. Redesigned shock valves reduce vibration and larger rear dampers improve rebound over rough surfaces.
“Ford GT continues to be the pinnacle of Ford performance,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance Chief Programme Engineer. “GT is always the ultimate expression of Ford racing innovation, and as we know from the 1966 Le Mans through today, that means constantly raising our game for our customers as well as earning the checkered flag.”
Beyond 13 additional horsepower compared to 2017-19 GT supercars, the 2020 GT’s EcoBoost engine features a broader torque band and revised engine calibration plus mechanical upgrades that include gallery-cooled pistons and higher-energy ignition coils, thanks to lessons learned from the limited-edition, track-only GT Mk II.
Additional engine cooling and airflow updates includes new buttress air ducts designed to increase air flow by 50% while larger intercoolers keep charge air temperatures cooler, preserving peak power for the most strenuous, high-temperature sessions at the track. Suspension damping is increased in track mode to further enhance handling and body control, particularly for those high-speed transient sections of closed-course circuits.
Ford Performance is also introducing the premium Akrapovič titanium exhaust as standard equipment for GT. Boasting the signature craftsmanship of these renowned race experts, this exhaust provides a nine-pound weight savings over the previous system while featuring that deeply resonant, unmistakable sound emanating from the more powerful EcoBoost engine.
Newly available Ford GT Liquid Carbon places an emphasis on GT’s lightweight sculpted carbon fiber body completely free of paint color. A special clearcoat punctuates each GT’s unique carbon fiber weave in this limited-edition appearance option.
“This next chapter in the Ford GT story allows us to fully demonstrate our mastery in both the art and science of carbon fiber craftsmanship and finishing,” said Angus Smith, General Manager of Multimatic Niche Vehicles, North America. “The results of this ongoing partnership between Multimatic and Ford Performance speak for themselves, as each visually stunning and unique Liquid Carbon GT is a manufacturing marvel, showcasing the characteristics and nuances inherent in carbon fibre composites.”
Ford GT Liquid Carbon features carbon fibre wheels as standard equipment. Owners can choose titanium lugnuts, six-point racing harness anchors, five interior options and five caliper colours. Further personalisation is available through two over-the-top stripe options – the dual centre stripes offered on the standard Ford GT or the single stripe found on the Carbon Series as well as optional painted mirror caps. Stripes and mirror caps are available in any of the seven standard paint colors as well as the extended color palette. For the first time, these features can be ordered independently of one another.
Ford Performance is also updating GT’s iconic heritage livery with a new design that includes a black pinstripe to divide the distinct blue and orange colors, recalling the 1968-69 Le Mans-winning GT40. The optional carbon fibre number switches from 9 on the 2019 model to 6 for 2020, matching that of the historic back-to-back winning car, chassis No. 1075. For the first time on a heritage model, carbon fiber wheels are available in lieu of aluminum alloy.
“Our team is very focused on delivering a car that exceeds customer expectations,” said Mike Severson, Ford GT Programme Manager. “The black pinstripe and carbon fibre wheels have been highly requested with the Gulf livery, so we committed to making that happen.”
Deliveries of the upgraded 2020 Ford GT are ongoing, with production wrapping up in 2022.
The Kia Sonet, unveiled for the first time ever, previews a future global compact SUV from the brand. The concept will be developed further ahead of a launch in the Indian market in the second half of 2020.
The Carnival has been officially launched in India in three different specifications (Premium, Prestige, and Limousine), and is designed to resonate with young-at-heart, trendy and elite Indian buyers. Kia received more than 1,400 bookings for the new car on the first day of orders, with a total of more than 3,500 bookings received to-date.
The Kia Sonet concept previews the third product offering from Kia Motors in India. Targeted at a demographic that is always connected to the world in more ways than one, the Sonet is designed to exceed customers’ lifestyle and technology expectations.
With a modern, dynamic and bold design, the Sonet is equipped with several first-in-class features. These include head-turning looks, Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, stepwell geometry within the grille mesh, ‘tiger-eyeline’ daytime running lights, and wide rear signature lighting.
Inside, Sonet is made for the young, social, connected, tech-savvy Indian. The cabin is fitted with a 10.25-inch infotainment and navigation system with UVO Connect, a Bose premium audio system, and an intelligent manual transmission (iMT). The Kia Sonet concept also hints at best-in-class interior space, and certain first-in-class features especially crafted for the Indian consumers.
The Sonet is testament to Kia’s focus on consumer insight-driven product innovation and orientation. It previews a future compact SUV, due to launch in India in the second half of 2020.
Being the second vehicle built on the ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture), the HBX Concept offers unmatched driving characteristics and the ruggedness of a true SUV and uncompromised safety. The stunning IMPACT 2.0 design language gives the vehicle not just a striking muscular road presence but also great functionality of space.
Packaged with great ability, performance and durability into its design, the HBX Concept is practical, comfortable yet versatile and power packed to drive. Engineered keeping in mind consumers with an active and dynamic lifestyle, the HBX Concept promises to offer thrill and excitement to the youth at every turn.
This sub-compact SUV is the 2nd vehicle to be based on 'Agile Light Flexible Advanced' (ALFA) Architecture. This modular platform lends HBX its rugged stance, unmatched driving dynamics and most importantly, uncompromised safety.
HBX is intuitively crafted to be very practical and comfortable. It offers best-in-class connectivity features integrated with the highly capable infotainment system.
Sensuous Sportiness is characterised by the harmony between four fundamental elements: proportion, architecture, styling and technology. The purpose of this design direction is to bring instinctive beauty to Hyundai vehicles, creating emotional value and giving them a distinctive look.
The preview images show that the all-new i20 will have a more sporty and dynamic look. The cascading grille in the front running horizontally to the sides results in the characteristic wide and low body. Also the unique lighting signature underlines the width and the stance of the all-new i20. The bold character line on the side of the body emphasizes the car’s sporty proportions and agility. The rear is complemented with a horizontal tail lamp design which is seamlessly connected with the rear glass.
The horizontal blades covering the dashboard are a real icon of the all-new i20 interior. The slick treatment emphasises the width of the front fascia and neatly disguises the air vents. To further enhance the elegance and the aesthetics of the interior, the new digital cluster and the main centre fascia have been combined together and feature two 10.25-inch screens.
The all-new i20 will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2020. More details will be released in the near future.
The most significant element of the 2020 Mirage’s transformation is its new Dynamic Shield brand identity, complemented by sophisticated new headlights (available with LED daytime running lights and headlights), a new grille and chunky new bumpers with large, angular recesses on each corner to broaden its stance and give it a more solid front-on appearance.
The rear is also given a wider look and greater presence thanks to the squared-off treatment of the bumper corners and new LED combination tail lights. The 2020 Mirage’s new look is finished off with new 15-inch alloy wheels with two-tone diamond-cut styling, as well as two new additional colour choices for the car: White Diamond and Sand Yellow.
The new Mitsubishi Mirage also benefits from more user-friendly and stylish interiors, with new door trims and switch panels, new high-contrast instruments and new upholstery, as well as Mitsubishi Motors’ Smartphone Display Audio (SDA) system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen for improved legibility and ease of use. The SDA system offers full smartphone connectivity including Bluetooth hands-free calling, as well as both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus built-in satellite navigation.
Under the bonnet, the 2020 Mirage continues to utilise the proven 80hp 1.2-litre, three-cylinder MIVEC petrol engine but with improved economy and emissions. A five-speed manual is standard, with a CVT automatic option on Design and First Edition models.
The three-variant line up now adopts the nomenclature of the rest of the range, with the entry-level Verve, mid-range Design and high-specification limited number First Edition.
The Mitsubishi Mirage Verve is equipped with remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a rear spoiler, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and Bluetooth connectivity, including music streaming.
The Design version adds 15-inch black and silver alloy wheels; Keyless Operation System with push-button engine start/stop; SDA audio system; faux leather and fabric seats; height adjustable passenger’s seat; front grille with red accent; rear privacy glass; electric folding door mirrors and a leather-trimmed gear lever.
The First Edition variant adds an array of safety and luxury equipment including Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), LED headlights and DRLs; front grille with chrome accent; rear parking sensors; cruise control; heated front seats; climate control air conditioning; front fog lights and First Edition badging.
Pricing starts at £10,550 ($13,715) OTR for the Verve, while the Design starts at £12,495 ($16,244) OTR for the manual version and £13,315 ($17,310) OTR for the automatic. The First Edition models is priced from £14,035 ($18,246) OTR for the manual and £14,855 ($19,312) OTR for the automatic. Two Mitsubishi Service Plans are also available for the new Mirage, covering the first three or five years of use, priced from £425 ($553) including parts and labour.
Further enhancing its appeal, the new Mitsubishi Mirage also enjoys lower insurance ratings compared to the outgoing model with the Forward Collision Mitigation system on the First Edition achieving a class-leading score of 100% in recent Thatcham tests, avoiding all demonstrative collisions up to 50 km/h (31 mph).
The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage is on sale now with the first cars arriving in dealerships within the next few days.
Designed and engineered to take on everything life can throw at it, the fourth generation of Kia Motors Corporation’s flagship global SUV is the latest addition to the brand’s reinvigorated SUV line-up. The first vehicle based on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform, the Sorento raises standards in its segment for practicality, offering space on a par with larger vehicles. The new model also marks the first-time adoption of hybrid power in the Sorento line-up.
Kia is targeting the global SUV market by applying a range of innovations to the new Sorento, including advanced driver assistance systems and progressive connectivity and infotainment features.
A mainstay of Kia’s global line-up, more than three million Sorento models have been sold worldwide since it was launched in 2002. The all-new Kia Sorento will be revealed for the first time on March 3, 2020.
As part of the India 2.0 project, Škoda has been responsible for heading Volkswagen Group’s model campaign on the Indian market since June 2018. The consolidation of the three Volkswagen Group passenger-car companies previously represented in India to form the new Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) in October 2019 marked an important milestone for the project. It enables coordinated, faster decision-making and increases efficiency by exploiting existing synergies.
In terms of models, Škoda will also be showcasing the Karoq as a newcomer to the Indian market, the updated Superb flagship, the Monte Ccarlo and Matte Concept 1.0 TSI of the Rapid, as well as the Kodiaq and the sporty Octavia RS 245.
Škoda has continued to evolve its brand-typical design for the Vision IN and, by showcasing it in New Delhi, is giving a concrete preview of the design language for a new, mid-size family model. The Czech car manufacturer will proceed with its SUV campaign in the rapidly growing Indian market by launching the production version of the Vision IN in early 2021. It will be the first production model to use the new, localised MQB-A0-IN platform.
The Vision IN offers an optimum amount of space, perfectly combined with the highest degree of versatility and state-of-the-art technologies. The 4,256-mm-long concept study has a wheelbase of 2,671 mm and is powered by a 1.5 TSI petrol engine that delivers 110 kW (150 PS). Its elongated lines and long wheelbase make the mid-size SUV concept study appear larger and, alongside the large bonnet and 19-inch (48.26-cm) alloy wheels, bring out the extroverted and incredibly rugged exterior design of the Škoda Vision IN.
The Vision IN is clearly identifiable as a member of the Škoda SUV family thanks to the partially illuminated crystalline elements in the LED headlights and tail lights as well as on the grille and the striking light strip at the rear. Its bright orange metallic exterior colour conveys a zest for life and creativity.
In the interior of the Vision IN, Škoda has combined state-of-the-art technologies and innovative vegan materials with traditional Indian design and Bohemian crystal glass art. The decorative trim on the dashboard has drawn inspiration from Kalamkari, an Indian textile printing technique that uses hand-carved wooden stamps to print traditional fabric patterns. The interior also makes use of rhubarb leather, an innovative organic leather, as well as oak leather and the leather alternative made from waste pineapple leaves, Piñatex, for the seat covers, for example. The roof lining is made of recycled plastic fibres, whilst the decorative strips are made of genuine crystal.
A crystalline assistant in the centre of the dashboard acts as a bridge to the digital world, as do the free-standing central display with a 12.3-inch (31.24-cm) screen, the individually customisable Virtual Cockpit and shift-by-wire technology for the 7-speed DSG.
Alongside the Karoq featuring a 1.5 TSI engine with a power output of 110 kW (150 PS) as a newcomer to the Indian market, Škoda is also showcasing a Superb L&K and a Kodiaq L&K, each fitted with a 2.0 TSI delivering 140 kW (190 PS), at the Auto Expo 2020 in New Delhi. The sporty Octavia RS 245 producing 180 kW (245 PS), the Rapid in the Monte Carlo trim level and Matte Concept 1.0 TSI, as well as a 2.0 TDI Superb SportLine outputting 140 kW (190 PS) round off the Škoda models on display at the exhibition.
In addition to current models, Škoda will also exhibit a 1948 Škoda Superb OHV at its stand. The vehicle equipped with bodywork manufactured in the Kvasiny plant has been lovingly restored over the last three years.
Since mid-2018, Škoda has been heading the India 2.0 project and has thereby also been responsible for Volkswagen Group’s model campaign in India. In order to strengthen its position in this important growth market for the long term, Volkswagen Group is investing a total of €1 billion ($1.11 billion) in the project, €250 million ($277.5 million) of which will go into research and development.
Škoda and Volkswagen are seeking to achieve a combined market share of 5% by 2025, depending on market and segment development. Škoda and Volkswagen’s upcoming volume models for the Indian market are based on the locally developed and produced MQB-A0-IN platform.
Škoda has developed the MQB-A0-IN platform specifically with a regional focus, ensuring that it already fulfils the upcoming, stricter safety and emission requirements for new vehicles on the Indian market. The platform will be the basis for all future Škoda and Volkswagen brand models developed in the region. Škoda will also be assessing the possibility of exporting cars manufactured in India to other countries. The Škoda Vision IN concept study, being unveiled at the New Delhi motor show, is the first vehicle based on this platform.
The Technology Centre opened in Pune in January 2019 guarantees optimum market proximity, 95% of the vehicles based on the MQB-A0-IN platform will be built locally. October 2019 then saw the transformational merger of Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (VWIPL), Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt Ltd (NSC) and Škoda Auto India Pvt Ltd (SAIPL), forming Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) with the aim of making better use of existing synergies. In addition to cars from Škoda and Volkswagen, the joint venture’s portfolio will include vehicles from the Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini brands, and will cater to various market segments and budgets with almost 30 models.
The opening of Škoda Auto DigiLab India also demonstrates India’s importance to Škoda The carmaker is expanding the network of its innovation hubs and developing clever mobility solutions locally. The new solar-power rooftop system at the plant in Pune also set new benchmarks. Consisting of 25,770 photovoltaic modules covering 63,000 m², it is one of the largest of its kind in India and will cut the site’s carbon footprint by 9,000 tonnes per year in future. The manufacturer has thereby laid the foundations for becoming climate-neutral by 2030.
The New Mégane offers a renewed and modernised cockpit. It features new 9.3-inch multimedia screens and 10.2-inch dashboard screens and benefits from all the features of the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system. This system, whose operation is inspired by smartphone use, is designed to be ergonomic and more functional, for ease of use.
To enhance safety and comfort for all, new driving aids are available. These include the Motorway and Traffic Assistant, an autonomous level 2 system that offers comfort and peace of mind behind the wheel.
The new Mégane gains in elegance and refinement, notably introducing new Pure Vision LED headlamps to improve visibility and comfort during journeys. The New Mégane thus reinforces its design and the dynamic lines that have made it such a success.
As a pioneer and expert in electric mobility, Renault is giving the New Mégane the benefit of the 160hp E-TECH Plug-in rechargeable hybrid engine. It benefits from a new technology that focuses on energy recovery and is directly inspired by our Formula 1 expertise.
The E-TECH Plug-in technology was developed by Renault Engineering and is the subject of over 150 patents. It uses components designed within the Alliance, such as its new-generation 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors and an innovative multimode gearbox. This clutchless transmission has excellent efficiency and barely noticeable gear changes.
With its 9.8 kWh (400V) battery capacity, the New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in can be driven on 100% electric power at speeds of up to 135 kph. The efficiency of its energy management system enables it to achieve a range of 50 kilometres in mixed cycle (WLTP) and up to 65 kilometres over an urban cycle (WLTP City), without using the combustion engine.
The New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in thus proves its versatility. It can operate without consuming fuel on everyday journeys and is perfect for long journeys on weekends or for holidays. Whatever the battery charge status, the New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in benefits from the major advantages of the E-TECH hybrid system: the systematic use of the electric motor when starting up for improved responsiveness and reduced fuel consumption.
Available for launch on the New Mégane Estate, the E-TECH Plug-in engine will also be offered on the hatchback version at a later date.
The R.S. Line design label makes its appearance in the Megane family, replacing the old GT Line. With more advanced and richer content, the R.S. Line represents more than just a name change. Its exterior design and interior take on a sportier look, to meet the expectations of the growing number of customers who want a strong differentiation through dynamic design.
The sporty versions of Mégane, under the R.S. badge, have established themselves as the benchmark sports hatchbacks, notably the R.S. TROPHY-R, which in 2019 held a new lap record on the famous Nürburgring circuit.
For its renewal, the New Mégane R.S. adopts a range centred on a single 300hp (220kW) 1.8 turbo engine with direct injection, as on the TROPHY version. This engine, the result of Alliance synergies, is also featured on the Alpine A110. Torque also increases to 420 Nm (+30 Nm) with an EDC gearbox and 400 Nm with a manual gearbox. This gain in power translates into better acceleration, even at high revs, while the torque, one of the best in the category, brings renewed driving pleasure and enjoyment.
The Sport 4CONTROL chassis offers maximum agility on tight corners and stability on fast bends. A new R.S. Monitor displays numerous vehicle parameters in real time.
The benchmark for very high-performance, the New Mégane R.S. TROPHY is designed for the track. It stands out in particular for its exclusive Cup chassis, combined with the 1.8 turbocharged 300hp engine. The Cup chassis features a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential, which gives the car the benefit of cornering registration and traction on corner exits. It features shock absorbers and suspension springs whose stiffness has been increased by 25% and 30% respectively, as well as an anti-roll bar with a 10% higher setting compared to the Mégane R.S.
Marion Humeau, Mid-size Cars Marketing Director at Renault, said: "The New Mégane is all about more technology for more fun. The New Mégane E-TECH Plug-in has a rechargeable hybrid powertrain that incorporates all our technological advances, offering a true electric experience and driving with complete peace of mind."