Renault South Africa has rejigged its local Mégane line-up, effectively discontinuing the GT and GT Line derivatives and lowering the entry price of the range.

The news comes as the local arm of the French brand announces pricing for its new Mégane RS, which will be offered in two variants at launch (with a flagship Trophy model to follow at a later stage).

From mid-September, the Mégane range will start at R274 900 for the Expression, which draws its urge from a naturally aspirated 1,6-litre petrol engine worth 84 kW and 156 N.m, mated to a five-speed manual. Previously, this base model was offered in Dynamique specification and cost R295 900. Renault SA says it made this change “in response to demand from certain sectors of the local market”.

Meanwhile, the Dynamique trim level is now offered with Renault’s turbocharged 1,2-litre four-cylinder petrol mill, which sends 97 kW and 205 N.m to the front wheels (before, this engine was reserved for GT Line variants, which were priced at R351 900 for the manual and R371 900 for the automatic). As before, there’s the option of a six-speed manual (R314 900) or seven-speed dual-clutch (R344 900) transmission.

Pricing:
Renault Mégane 84 kW Expression: R274 900
Renault Mégane 97 kW Dynamique: R314 900
Renault Mégane 97 kW Dynamique EDC: R344 900
Renault Mégane RS 280 Cup (manual): R549 900
Renault Mégane RS 280 Lux EDC: R549 900