To be launched as an electric SUV designed from the ground up, the next-generation Renault Megane has been partially revealed in teaser images. Let’s take a look at what we know about Renault’s next-generation electric car that comes out later this year.
Renault Megane EV exterior design & dimensions
The Renault Megane electric SUV will look 90-95% similar to the eVision concept, Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice President, Engineering, Groupe Renault, had said. That’s clearly evident in the design of the rear section in the teaser (featured image). The tail lamps have received simpler clusters, while the Renault logo has been changed to the new design and is not illuminated. A thin horizontal stop lamp can also be seen as a small difference in the production model.
The Renault Megane electric SUV looks quite handsome for a car its size. There won’t be out-of-ordinary design elements, like two-tier headlamps, for instance. Chunky proportions and compact dimensions do 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.
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 Renault Megane electric SUV interior, the teasers show a highly digital cockpit and cleaner layout of elements. Expect very few physical controls, with most comfort/multimedia functions operable via a large portrait touchscreen infotainment system on the dashboard. Zooming into the picture showing the fully digital instrument cluster, we see that ‘Comfort’ is one of the drive modes.
The touchscreen infotainment system will likely offer a tablet-style operation with multiple user profiles, a drop-down notification centre, and more. A sleek horizontal air vent covers the remaining width of the dashboard on the right side. A thin strip of ambient lighting above visually connects the dashboard to the door panels. The floating centre console has dedicated mobile phone storage space, and right below it, there’s some extra storage space to put other small items.
Performance & range
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 next-gen Megane could have a high-performance variant with an Alpine badge and around 400 horsepower, said a speculative report auto-moto.com in March. A Renault Megane Alpine variant could easily beat the upcoming VW ID.4 GTX in a drag race that has two motors producing 294 hp.
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, it should be a dual-motor configuration producing around 400 hp. It expects the most performance-focused configuration to be an Alpine variant.
The Nissan Ariya can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) as quickly as 5.1 seconds. This could be the benchmark for the development team working on the performance variant of the Renault Megane electric SUV. While there’s no proof to say this applies to the Alpine variant, the standard variant is unlikely to be faster than the Japanese electric SUV.
Groupe Renault plans to cap the limit the top speed of its Renault and Dacia models to 180 km/h, Luca De Meo, the company’s CEO, confirmed at its annual general meeting this year. Moreover, De Meo revealed at the event that the Megane electric SUV would feature cruise control with a “Safety Coach” that limits the top speed to 160 km/h (99 mph).
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.
Price & release date
The prices of the Megane electric SUV may start at around EUR 35,000. In an interview with Auto Zeitung, Uwe Hochgeschurtz, the CEO of Renault for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland markets, said that the Megane electric SUV would debut this year and reach dealerships first half of 2022. Hochgeschurtz was referring to the launch in Germany, which could be among the first markets along with France, Norway, Sweden, and other top EV-friendly parts of the EU.
Hochgeschurtz concluded that “the Mégane E-Tech Electric marks the breakthrough in electric mobility on a higher level” and that it “should set standards in this segment.”
Featured Image Source: Groupe Renault