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Renault unveils sporty new Megane sedan

Renault has torn the sheets off the 2017 Megane sedan, based on the newest Megane IV, not yet released in Australia but due in September.

2017 Renault Megane sedan

The previous-generation Megane sedan was sold here as the Fluence and built in South Korea by Samsung. It was not a very popular car due to its conservative styling and soft chassis calibration.

The newest version has a more dynamic set of foundations, with a coupe-esque roofline and ducktail bootlid. Like the hatchback, the rear LEDs protrude into the decklid to accentuate the badge, but are actually functional rather than the applique garnish you see on many other cars. This will imbue the car with a distinctive night time light signature in contrast to the anonymous Fluence.

2017 Renault Megane sedan-taillights

As with the hatchback, engine choices are dCi 90, 110 and 130 in diesel (67, 82, 96kW) with the 96kW Tce 1.2-litre triple as well, generating between 85 and 97kW. Gearboxes range between six-speed manual, to a CVT, and six- and seven-speed DCTs.

Inside is a facsimile of the hatch, with R-Link 2 inverted tablet style infotainment system and modern French decor.

This time the Megane sedan will be built in Turkey alongside the hatchback, with a chance it could join the hatch and wagon here next year.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.