The next generation Renault Megane, to be launched as an electric SUV designed from the ground-up, could have a high-performance variant with an Alpine badge and around 400 horsepower, says a speculative report auto-moto.com. A Renault Megane Alpine variant could easily beat the upcoming VW ID.4 GTX in a drag race which is rumored to have two motors producing 302 horsepower.
Renault Megane EV performance
Sitting on the CMF-EV platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the Renault Megane is expected to get battery packs and motors similar to the Nissan Ariya. The French publication says that the top-end battery pack in the Renault Megane EV could be of a lower capacity (below 90 kWh), for space and weight considerations. However, the top-end should be a dual-motor configuration producing around 400 hp. It expects the most performance-focused configuration to be an Alpine variant.
In the most economical configuration, the Renault Megane electric SUV would do 400-450 km or 249-280 miles (WLTP) on a full charge. Thanks to the support for a fast charger with 130 kW charging power, it will likely be possible to achieve a range of approximately 200 km or 124 miles (WLTP) in just half an hour at a DC charging station.
Megane EV exterior design
The Renault Megane electric SUV will look 90-95% similar to the eVision concept, Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice President, Engineering, Groupe Renault, has said.
From the outside, the Renault Megane electric SUV looks quite handsome for a car its size. There won’t be much out-of-ordinary design elements, like two-tier headlamps, for instance. Chunky proportions and compact dimensions does the job of making it very attractive, and add slim technical lights to the front and rear, a clean closed-off front panel and sporty bumpers to the mix, and you get a realistic future small electric SUV unmistakably from the diamond logo brand.
At 4,210 mm (165.7 in.) long, 1,800 mm (70.9 in.) wide, and 1,505 mm (59.1 in.) tall, the Renault Megane eVision is roughly the size of the Hyundai Kona Electric (164.6 in. x 70.9 in. x 61.2 in.) in the U.S. As a model designed as an EV from the ground up, it benefits from a long wheelbase of 2,700 mm (106.3 in.). For reference, the Korean electric SUV’s wheelbase is 102.4 in.
As for the interior of the Renault Megane electric SUV, French website largus.fr has created a rendering (above) that makes it tempting. The rendering depicts the Renault Megane electric SUV with a highly digital cockpit. Except for some four switches on the side of the steering wheel, no physical controls are to be found on the panel. Even on the center console, it looks like there are less than ten physical switches.
Video Source: youtube.com/Groupe Renault
The AC vent on the driver side, a giant virtual instrument cluster and a larger-than-life central display are seamlessly integrated into a single wraparound L-shaped panel inspired by the Renault Symbioz concept. The remaining width of the dashboard is covered by sleek horizontal air vents. The floor console is covered with glossy panels and has been designed very elegantly. Except for the odd steering wheel, the interior looks quite stunning and this is an area where Renault Design has been struggling for years, and if this rendering is anything close to reality, the perception of the Renault brand would greatly improve.
Renault Megane EV price
The Megane electric SUV would go on sale in Europe in 2022, with prices starting at around €35,000, which converts to around $41,500.