The Renault Zoe, which has seen a sale of about 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 is planning a big EV onslaught next year, with the hopes of significantly expanding its market share in Europe.
For its first next-gen EV, scheduled to debut later this year, Renault plans to leverage the popularity of its Megane nameplate. Previewed by the Renault Megane eVision, the CMF-EV platform-based Renault Megane E-Tech electric SUV will be the Diamond brand’s challenger to the VW ID.3 hatchback and cost EUR 35,000 onwards.
Renault plans to launch two neo-retro models positioned below the all-electric Megane E-Tech, a new Renault 4 and a Renault 5 by 2025, for the mass market. And there’s more to come.
Within 2 years, Renault plans to launch the production Renault Morphoz that would battle with the likes of VW ID.4 and Nissan Ariya. Electric motors with 150-220 hp options are expected, and the estimated driving range is close to 300 miles. The production Renault Morphoz should feature Level 3 autonomous driving tech, among various other futuristic features making it an archetype of the next-generation Renault SUV.
At the Renault eWays ElectroPop event 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.
A report from L’argus says that the future model is internally called Renault HCB and could arrive in showrooms as the next-gen Renault Scenic. Initially, the project was going to spawn a bigger model (codename: Renault HCC) as well, but now, the relatively compact model is the priority. It will measure around 4.6 metres, and thus, the competition is clear: VW ID.4, Nissan Ariya, and Skoda Enyaq iV.
On the CMF-EV platform
A high-end model like the Renault Morphoz would obviously ride on the CMF-EV platform, allowing configurations with a range (WLTP) of up to 580 km or 360 miles. In the next-gen Megane E-Tech’s case, Renault promises a range (WLTP) of 450 km or 280 miles with a 60 kWh battery pack. A large wheelbase and a flat floor, both leading to more comfort, quick and easy manoeuvres with a very low steering ratio, and superb driving dynamics, thanks to low centre of gravity and ideal weight distribution, are some more advantages of the CMF-EV platform, as listed by the company.
Laurence Excoffon, Alliance Platforms Leader, Renault Group, says that Renault’s smart packaging of the CMF-EV platform improves roominess and trunk volume and that 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), allowing creating a thinner dashboard, 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 event. 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