The main competitor of Megane RS is the Golf GTI. In hotter Trophy and Trophy R guises is among the fastest hot hatches in production. In fact, the recently launched Megane Trophy R is the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the Nürburgring with a time of 7:40.1

Megan is one of the best sales model. Regarding the sales of the Renault group all goes according to plan. Forecast for Renault's sales will grow from 3.5 million per annum at the end of 2016 to five million in 2022. While sales in Europe will remain flat at 1.8 million units annually, sales in all other regions are expect to grow significantly.

Eastern Europe and Russia will grow from 649,000 cars to 1.1 million; Africa, the Middle East and India will expand from 491,000 to over 850,000; and South and Central America will increase from 354,000 to 600,000.

Most importantly for us, sales in the Asia-Pacific and China are forecast to grow from just 167,000 to 700,000, a four-fold increase. Key growth markets are expected to be Brazil, China, India and Iran.

For the update, the Megane will receive revised internals for the lights at both ends. The car's interior should also be tweaked and possibly the infotainment system updated.

It isn't clear what mechanical mods are planned but we could see some extra power dialed in for the performance variants. The current Megane RS features a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 generating 275 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. It also features the choice of 6-speed manual or dual-clutch transmissions, plus four-wheel steering. Drive is to the front wheels only, though.

Unfortunately, we won't see the car in the United States as the Renault brand doesn't operate here. In other markets, the car should debut alongside an updated Megane range in early 2020.

 

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