Article By John Redfern

Orders open for Renault Megane plug-in hybrid hatchback

Renault has confirmed details of the hatchback version of the Megane E-Tech plug-in hybrid. The electrified new car is priced from £29,495.

Orders can now be placed for the hatchback version of Renault’s plug-in hybrid Megane.

The new five-door E-Tech joins the Sport Tourer estate, expanding the range of plug-in hybrid Megane models.

This means Renault now offers an electrified version of almost every car in its range. The new Megane complements the existing Clio, Captur and Arkana plug-in hybrids.

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At the heart of the Megane E-Tech is a 1.6-litre petrol engine, combined with two electric motors. Knowledge gained from the company’s extensive Formula 1 programme is said to have helped refine its engine technology.

The petrol engine and electric motors offer a combined power output of 160hp. It allows the Megane E-Tech to accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds.

A six-speed automatic transmission is fitted as standard. It uses an innovative ‘dog-clutch’ design, allowing the Megane to seamlessly swap between petrol and battery power. 

With a 9.8 kWh battery, the Megane E-Tech can travel up to 30 miles on electric-only power, based on official WLTP tests. An E-Save driving mode allows battery power to be stored, then deployed when needed.

Official fuel economy figures show 235.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 28g/km.

Such numbers mean that the Megane E-Tech qualifies for free road tax (VED). The benefit-in-kind tax rate for company car drivers is 11 percent.

Like other electrified models in the Renault range, the Megane E-Tech comes with a comprehensive eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty for the battery pack.

Renault offers only two trim levels, beginning with the Iconic model, priced from £29,495.

This comes as standard with full LED headlights, a 10-inch digital dashboard, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and dual-zone climate control.

Moving up to the £31,495 RS Line brings sportier styling, inspired by the Megane RS hot hatch. Along with redesigned bumpers and 17-inch alloy wheels, the RS Line gains a rear-view camera and an Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS).

Orders can be placed for the new Megane now, with the first deliveries expected in September.

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