Renault’s Megane Sport Tourer will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 1st March.
The estate version of the Megane is evolved directly from the latest and more high-tech hatch range that debuted at the Frankfurt show in September 2015 and is due on UK sale in the summer of 2016.
The car looks similar to the hatch from the front, with an extended rear end to accommodate what Renault describes as the longest load length in the segment. The interior will be modular, with a number of possible layouts, while extra capacity will be available from rails mounted on the roof – these are finished in matte anodised aluminium on all models except the sports-pitched GT, which gets dark metal versions.
Similarly GT models will be fitted with styling details evolved from the brand’s Renault Sport subsidiary, notably a bespoke front bumper, honeycomb mesh radiator grille and a wide lower air inlet with air scoops either side. The rear gains a chromed exhaust tailpipe and a diffuser.
Renault is so far offering few mechanical details concerning the Sport Tourer, particularly its engine line-up, though this is expected to replicate units available in the hatch range.
The car will be displayed at Geneva in GT trim and this version is most likely to be offered with the 163bhp diesel and the same 202bhp petrol unit used in the hatch GT.
In what Renault claims is a segment-first Sports Tourers will be able to be purchased with the 4Control four-wheel steering system already announced on the hatch
Prices are yet to be announced for the Sport Tourer though it is expected they will be broadly in line with the current model, starting from around £18,500.