The new electric Renault Megane features a radical design and a range of new technology.
Renault has revealed its all-new Megane E-Tech Electric hatchback at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich,
Built on Renault’s new CMF-EV platform, the car represents a major leap forward for the French brand.
The Megane will be produced at Renault’s ‘ElectriCity’ facility in northern France. The windscreen features a rooster emblem to show the car’s French roots.
Although it has a familiar name, the new Megane is a completely new design from the ground up.
Demonstrating Renault’s new ‘Nouvel R’ logo, the electric Megane borrows styling features from crossover SUVs. A coupe-like roofline and 20-inch alloy wheels are joined by laser-cut LED lighting.
All versions feature automatic door handles, which pop-out when the car senses the driver or passenger approaching. A ‘welcome sequence’ begins with the external lighting, and finishes with a display on the large 12.3-inch ‘OpenR’ multimedia screen.
Renault promises the electric Megane will boast similar interior space to the conventionally-powered hatchback. This will be aided by the lack of a centre console, plus a flat floor.
The boot will offer 440-litres of storage, with charging cables housed in a removable floor section.
A new design of electric motor is used for the Megane, and will be offered in a choice of 96kW and 160kW options.
Two battery versions will also be available, with buyers picking from 40kWh and 60kWh specifications. Renault claims these will be the thinnest batteries on the market, and feature a new liquid cooling system.
The 40kWh battery will offer a range of 187 miles, with the larger 60kWh option delivering up to 249 miles.
Compatibility with multiple charging options will be included, ranging from domestic plug sockets to 130kW fast charging. The latter adds 187 miles of charge within 30 minutes.
Smartphone integration allows drivers to check battery levels, schedule charges and pay for charging with compatible Mobilize Charge Pass public networks.
Launch models will be offered in a choice of six paint colours, with a two-tone finish available for the roof. Renault’s ‘Warm Titanium’ trim features extensively on the Megane’s exterior.
Orders for the Megane E-Tech Electric open in February 2022, with the first customer cars expected in March. UK prices are yet to be confirmed.