The third-generation Renault Megane RS debuted only two years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show so it’s a bit surprising to see a prototype of the facelifted version already undergoing testing.
Considering that we’ve already seen spy shots of the regular Renault Megane hatchback and estate in facelifted form, we can only assume the French automaker plans a simultaneous reveal for all facelifted Megane variants, including the RS.
So does Renault Sport have in store for the updated Megane RS? A look at the undisguised prototype reveals only subtle changes, all of which regard the graphics of the headlights and taillights. The design tweaks are most obvious at the rear, where the shape of the lamps remains the same but their internal structure gains a more modern appearance.
That’s due to a red upper section and a thin white band at the bottom which likely incorporates sequential turn signals. There’s also a black tape at the outer edge of the white band but we can’t figure out what is hiding underneath. As for the headlights, they retain the shape as well but they adopt an updated light signature.
Other than the lights and the new bi-color alloys, we can’t spot any other changes on the outside of the facelifted Renault Megane RS.
Renault is also expected to make some improvements to the interior, especially when it comes to the perceived quality of the plastics and other materials used in the cabin. Additionally, the updated Megane RS should gain the latest generation of the R-Link infotainment system as well as new driving assistance tech.
Given that we’re dealing with a car that launched less than two years ago, the powertrain should remain unchanged. The 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine will continue to deliver 280 PS (276 hp) in the base model and 300 PS (296 hp) in the Trophy and Trophy-R versions. The choice of six-speed manual and EDC dual-clutch transmissions is expected to carry over as well.