22/04/2021

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New 2021 Renault Megane electric crossover to lead brand’s EV charge

Renault has fully commited to a quick turnaround of what will grow to be a...

Renault has fully commited to a quick turnaround of what will grow to be a single of the most important cars and trucks the brand has generated in a long time, when it reveals the all-new electric Megane crossover later this calendar year – only months just after the surprise reveal of the Megane eVision concept past Oct.

Spied for the initially time in late prototype form, the reinvented Renault Megane will open up a new chapter for the French marque with previous SEAT manager Luca De Meo now in charge. His program, dubbed “Renaulution”, will see Renault launch seven new all-electric autos by 2025, with the reinvented Megane remaining the initially of the bunch.

It is a single of a number of cars and trucks planned by Renault to use the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new CMF-EV system. “Like with the initially generation of Megane, this Megane with an E is just the commencing. A full household of autos will be centered on our CMF-EV system,” stated De Meo at the unveiling of the concept in Oct. Even so, Renault is extra most likely to make a selection of independent types, rather than a cluster of EVs all less than the Megane banner.

The traces of the eVision concept will be toned down for the output product, but our spy shots confirm the new Megane’s compact proportions. Our distinctive visuals right here preview how it could glimpse when the handles occur off – a little something that could occur as shortly as this summertime.

De Meo hailed the Megane eVision as “a masterpiece of packaging”. The concept measured in at four,210mm very long, one,800mm large and one,505mm tall, supplying it a equivalent footprint to the Captur tiny SUV, but with a decrease roofline.

The closing output car will be in the same way tightly packaged. The wheels are pushed out to the corners of the body to give interior area to rival a bigger household hatch with exterior proportions similar to the existing Megane. The flooring seems pretty shallow for an EV, as well – no surprise, provided that Renault claims that the Megane EV will use the slimmest battery pack on the sector, at just 11cm deep.

The eVision concept’s interior was retained less than wraps, and our spies have however to capture a glimpse inside the cabin, but it really should depict a whole reinvention for the brand, thanks to the new system.

The concept teased the prospect of a massive L-shaped show, which could connection a central touchscreen on the centre console with a widescreen digital instrument panel.

From launch the electric Megane will use a 60kWh battery, which will electrical power a 215bhp electric motor with 300Nm of torque. De Meo claims -62mph in considerably less than 8 seconds and 280 miles of selection on a one charge less than WLTP procedures. Even so, he also stated that Renault could glimpse to establish a for a longer time-selection variation of the car in the future.

That is not a surprise, provided that the Nissan Ariya – a bigger electric SUV employing the identical system – offers a even bigger battery with 87kWh of usable electrical power. In that software, Nissan claims a selection of 310 miles.

An on-board charger will permit 7kW AC one-phase charging from a wallbox, with AC three-phase compatibility, as well. Even so, the only charge time Renault has revealed so considerably is that the electric Megane will be ready to reclaim 124 miles of selection in 30 minutes when quick charging at its maximum of 130kW DC.

We believe the Megane will be revealed this summertime in advance of heading on sale in Europe in advance of the conclusion of the calendar year, but it’s not likely to be on British roads right up until 2022. Be expecting a starting price of amongst £35,000 and £40,000.

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