Production Renault Morphoz electric SUV teased at eWays ElectroPop [Update]

The Renault Zoe, which has sold more than 400,000 units since its launch in December 2012, has paved the way for new generation Renault electric crossovers this decade. The French manufacturer from the tripartite alliance with Luca de Meo at the helm plans an EV onslaught starting next year, with the hope of significantly expanding market share in Europe’s electric car segment.

The CMF-EV-based Renault Megane E-Tech electric SUV is the Diamond brand’s challenger to the VW ID.3 hatchback and costs EUR 35,000 onwards. Renault plans to launch two neo-retro models positioned below the all-electric Megane E-Tech, the new Renault 4 and the Renault 5 by 2025 for the mass market. And there’s more to come.

Design & Features

Within 2 years, Renault plans to launch the production Renault Morphoz that would battle it out with the larger VW ID.4 and Nissan Ariya. The production Renault Morphoz should feature Level 3 autonomous driving tech, among other futuristic features making it an archetype of the next-generation Renault SUV.

At the Renault eWays ElectroPop on 30 June 2021, Luca de Meo, CEO, Renault Group, revealed a new Renault electric SUV teaser. It was a picture (featured image) of a model featuring a silhouette similar to the Renault Morphoz, placed above the Megane E-Tech.

Interior

An interesting detail Gilles Le Borgne, EVP – Engineering, Renault, reveals is that it will be a strictly two-row SUV. When the British publication pressed him about a three-row version, he hinted at a separate three-row electric SUV, saying that the CMF-EV platform underpinning this model is quite versatile and that the seven new Renault EVs confirmed for launch by 2025 will include one more car riding on it.

Specifications

A report from L’argus says that the future model is internally called Renault HCB and could arrive in showrooms as the successor to the Renault Scenic. Initially, the project was to spawn a bigger model (codename: Renault HCC), but now, the relatively compact car is the priority. It should measure around 4.5 metres in length, and thus, the competition is clear: VW ID.4, Nissan Ariya, and Skoda Enyaq iV. According to a report from Auto Express, it’s possible to stretch the length up to 4.7 metres.

Le Borgne has told Auto Express that the second pure electric Renault SUV could easily fit the 60 kWh battery pack and also that it will be available with an 87 kWh battery pack. The British publication claims a range (presumably) of around 310 miles for the 87 kWh variant. 130 kW DC fast-charging support will allow recharging from 10 to 80% SoC in 35 minutes, and that would be enough juice to cover around 190 miles. The 60 kWh variant will likely employ a 215 bhp motor at the front, while a 239 bhp front-mounted motor may power the 87 kWh variant.

Renault Morphoz interior dashboard
The production Renault Morphoz should feature Level 3 autonomous driving tech when it emerges in 2023. Image: Renault

Le Borgne has also said that the next Renault electric SUV, presumably the Renault HCB, won’t be available in a dual-motor AWD configuration. For customers who need all-wheel drive or more power, Renault Group will later launch an Alpine SUV. The Alpine SUV should also be a C-segmenter but with sportier styling, more grip, better acceleration, and possibly a higher top speed of 200 km/h (125 mph). Renault Group is capping the speed limit of all Renault and Dacia models to 180 km/h (112 mph), and so, like the Megane E-Tech Electric, the HCB may not be the fastest EV on the Autobahn.

On the CMF-EV platform

The CMF-EV is Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s first dedicated EV platform, and it debuted in the Ariya. A large wheelbase that provides ample space, a low steering ratio for quick and easy manoeuvres, and a low centre of gravity and ideal weight distribution that should lead to superb driving dynamics are some of the merits of the CMF-EV platform, as per Renault Group. We already know from the Ariya that the wheelbase can stretch up to 2.8 metres (2,780 mm).

Laurence Excoffon, Alliance Platforms Leader, Renault Group, says that Renault’s smart packaging of the CMF-EV platform improves roominess and trunk volume. The platform provides great ergonomics with comfortable seating and good rear legroom. All the powertrain elements are at the front of the EV. So, no cables are crossing from the rear to the front, improving space and reducing weight. The HVAC is also at the front (in the engine bay), creating a thinner dashboard and freeing up more space in the cabin.

The CMF-EV platform offer range of up to 580 km in WLTP with a very low energy consumption. We can offer this function thanks to a reduction of friction from braking, bearing, entire rolling resistance, a weight reduction – we achieve about 100 kg less than the closest competitor – and a specific energy management, so-called Energy Recovery System.

Laurence Excoffon, Alliance Platforms Leader, Renault Group (Renault eWays ElectroPop)

By 2025, Renault Group will launch ten new all-electric vehicles, de Meo confirmed at the Renault eWays ElectroPop. The launches would include the Megane E-Tech, the SUV detailed in this article, the Renault 5, the Renault 4 and its cargo version, and the Alpine models.

Featured Image Source: YouTube/Renault Group