Renault Mégane R.S. faces an uncertain future

The recently facelifted Renault Mégane R.S. is one of the key players in the C-Segment of hot hatchbacks, however, the model faces an uncertain future as it might be axed from Renault’s lineup together with the rest of the Mégane range. This is very sad news for the hot hatch fans all around the world, especially after Ford’s official announcement for the cancellation of the Focus RS program.

According to a report by the British automotive website Auto Express, the Mégane might not see another generation, in favour of developing more electric models. Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s head of design, stated:

“Inevitably, once we’re starting to add a range of EVs to our line-up, some of the other vehicles are going to have to go because we just can’t afford to develop all of this at the same time. The Megane is in a segment that’s increasingly under pressure. You have to put your money where the future of the market is.”

It is understood that Renault is seriously considering to discontinue the Mégane after the facelifted fourth-generation model ends its cycle in around 3-4 years. Neither Nissan or Mitusbishi brands have C-Segment models planned for their range, something that doesn’t allow platform sharing in order to justify the development costs for a new model by Renault. That means it is unlikely that we will get to see a new Mégane R.S. hot hatch, besides some special editions that are naturally planned for the current generation.

Since 1995, Renault has produced four generations of the Mégane. Their performance versions developed by Renault Sport, were always among the best hot hatchbacks of their time, thanks to their aggressive setup, great handling and uncompromised styling. Below, you can see a list with all of the Megane-based hot hatches on our database:

Click here to read our review of the Renault Megane IV 280 EDC