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A new Renaultsport-developed powertrain has been added to the French brand's Megane family of compact cars.

Available on the hatchback and estate models, the 1.6-liter petrol unit develops 165PS (163hp) and 250Nm (184lb-ft) of torque.

Power is channeled to the front wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which allows the compact car to reach 100km/h (62mph) in 8.2 seconds, from a standstill, before topping out at 215km/h (134mph).

The NEDC estimated combined fuel consumption is 6 l/100 km (47 UK mpg / 39 US mpg), and the vehicle emits 134 g/km of CO2.

Drivers can select between four modes: Eco, Comfort, Neutral, and Sport, depending on their preferences, to enjoy the new powerplant that's described as combining "driving pleasure with fuel efficiency".

Renault offers this new engine/gearbox combination on two versions of the Megane hatch: Intens and Akaju, and on the Megane Estate Intens. Prices commence at €29,100 ($34,489) in France for the former, while the Akaju hatch adds a €1,800 ($2,133) premium. The wagon can be had from €30,000 ($35,556).



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