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Renault culls Megane range in Australia

Will Renault further cull future models?

Renault Australia has discontinued the entry-level Life and Zen variants from its Megane small car range - a move that increases the price of entry to the Megane line-up by $10,500.

But like Holden’s recent decision to cull the Astra range to just a hatchback body-style, Renault has also killed off the Megane sedan and wagon locally.

The Megane sedan is no longer available to order. The Megane sedan is no longer available to order.

This leaves just the Megane GT-Line, GT and RS (Renault Sport) variants left, though the Megane RS Trophy and RS Trophy-R are due to be added later in 2019. 

Megane sales have slowed to a trickle in 2019 with just 15 sold to the end of May, according to VFACTS. This pales in comparison with the Mazda3 (12,682 units), Toyota Corolla (11,882) and Hyundai i30 (11,033). 

Sales of the Megane Sport range are more positive, with 155 sold in the same time period, although Renault Australia’s sales are down 20.7 per cent year on year to 3054 units. 

The Megane wagon has also been cut. The Megane wagon has also been cut.

While slow sales are likely the reason to the Megane range’s culling, Renault Australia is also preparing to introduce the Kadjar small SUV that will sit between the Captur and Koleos. Due in late 2019, the Kadjar is based on the same platform as the Nissan Qashqai and is likely to be priced from around $27,000.

2019 Renault Megane pricing (plus on-road costs): 

GT-Line 1.2T EDC$32,990
GT 1.6T EDC$38,990
RS Sport manual$45,990
RS Sport EDC$50,490
RS Cup manual$48,990
RS Cup EDC$51,990

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