Following the recent introduction of the company’s first Euro4 compliant diesel engine in the Laguna range – Renault have announced that the new 1.9 dCi 90 powerplant is now available in Megane, Europe’s best-selling car so far this year.
Sales of the Megane range are continuing to soar, with a rise of 26% in the first four months of 2004. However, all of this increase has come from diesel engines with sales up 101% to 12,088, compared to static sales of petrol-engined models at 16,428, increasing the diesel share to 42% from 26.6%. This reflects the fact that fleet sales, where diesel is popular due to lower running costs, are up 30% compared to retail sales which are up 20%.
Megane’s first Euro4 diesel engine has been designed as the ideal model for buyers with low running costs in mind and company car drivers looking to pay as little as possible to the tax man, as this model is not subject to the 3% company car tax (benefit-in–kind) supplement levied on diesel cars.
Customers not wishing to sacrifice performance or frugality in return for the environmental gains made by the new emissions-compliant engine will also not be disappointed. In the Megane Hatch, the new powerplant develops 92 hp at 4000rpm, and has maximum torque of 230 Nm at 2000 rpm – a notable 30 Nm up on the dCi 100. It also dispatches 0-62mph in 12.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 108 mph.
Fuel economy is superb with the new engine returning 38.7 mpg on an urban cycle, and 62.8 mpg and 52.3 mpg for extra-urban and combined cycles respectively, with a CO2 figure of only 145g/km, partially achieved through using the standard six-speed gearbox of the more powerful 1.9 dCi 120.
The new 1.9 dCi 90 Euro4 engine is available in four of the Megane range body styles: Hatch, Sport Hatch, Sport Saloon and Sport Tourer, in Expression and Dynamique trim levels, with prices as follows:
|Megane Hatch||Expression 1.9 dCi 90 - £13,890|
|Dynamique 1.9 dCi 90 - £14,390|
|Megane Sport Hatch||Dynamique 1.9 dCi 90 - £13,890|
|Megane Sport Saloon||Expression 1.9 dCi 90 - £14,450|
|Dynamique 1.9 dCi 90 - £14,950|
|Megane Sport Tourer||Expression 1.9 dCi 90 - £14,700|
|Dynamique 1.9 dCi 90 - £15,200|
Although not currently available on New Scénic or Grand Scénic, Euro4 engines will be introduced across both models in 2005.
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