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Geneva show: Renault’s hot Megane Estate; AMG tweaked C43 4Matic

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 24 February 2016

RENAULT will roll out its Megane Estate which in GT guise will have 202 horses under the bonnet, at next month’s Geneva show.

The five-door Estate is expected to be powered by the same 202hp/280Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine as the new-generation Megane GT hatch.

The GT wagon gets Renault Sport-style sports bumpers, a honeycomb mesh grille and side air scoops, and a rear diffuser with a chrome exhaust tailpipe tip.

In a first for the category, the Megane Estate GT will get active four-wheel steering – dubbed 4Control in Renault-speak – for low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability.

The new Megane Estate will feature expansive load capacity and cargo flexibility — the wagon’s seats are believed to fold in a variety of ways to take loads of various shapes.

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MERCEDES-BENZ has revealed its C43 4Matic coupe ahead of its public debut in Geneva alongside the upcoming new-generation C-Class Cabriolet.

Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers today confirmed that the C43 Coupe marked the introduction of a whole series of new 43 models this year.

“The ‘43’models boast the characteristic AMG genes which are also included in our GT and ‘63’ vehicles, and thus consistently interpret our brand essence of ‘driving performance’ in their segment,” he said.

All C43 variants are expected to share the same AMG-enhanced V6 that hits peak power of 362hp at 5500rpm and top torque of 520Nm between 2000rpm and 4200rpm.

With its slick new transmission, the C43 AMG 4Matic Coupe is said to be capable of sprinting from zero to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than the seven-speed C450 AMG sedan.

The new transmission offers double de-clutching on downshifts and “exhilaratingly short” shifts in Sport Plus – the sportiest of five selectable driving modes. Others are eco, comfort, sport and individual, with the latter offering a customised set up.

Manual mode is selected by the press of a console button. This time, more onus is put on the driver, as the transmission will not automatically shift up in manual mode.

Fuel consumption is claimed to be about the 8.0 litres per 100km mark under the European combined test regime.

To ensure plenty of traction, the coupe is equipped with Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system that in this case is biased towards the rear wheels to the tune of 69 per cent.

A standard feature is AMG’s ride control suspension with adaptive variable damping in three stages – a feature pinched from the C63.

AMG engineers have tweaked the front and rear suspension systems – again using tricks from the C63 – for better handling, as well as substituting new steering knuckles.

More negative camber has been induced in the four-link front suspension. The driver can select from three suspension models – comfort, sport and sport plus – again using a button on the console.

Bigger brakes involve 360mm discs on the front and 320mm units at the back.

The C43 Coupe gets an AMG styling treatment with fresh front fascia incorporating AMG’s diamond-pattern grille and black central bar.

Wheels are 18-inch five spoke alloys, again in gloss black.

Inside, the instrument cluster gets chequered flag design, while the flat-bottomed steering has red contrast stitching.

Images: Manufacturers

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