14/06/2021

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New 2022 Renault Megane E-Tech Electric prototypes hit the road

Renault has launched the very first formal visuals of the new Megane E-Tech Electric SUV....

Renault has launched the very first formal visuals of the new Megane E-Tech Electric SUV. This camouflaged development auto gives our finest appear nonetheless at the new model’s styling, which will borrow features of the Megane hatchback’s layout and morph them into a crossover human body, very similar in sizing to the Captur.

The reinvented Renault Megane will open up a new chapter for the French brand with former SEAT manager Luca De Meo now in cost. The firm’s strategy, dubbed “Renaulution”, will see Renault start seven new all-electrical vehicles by 2025, with this Megane EV crossover the very first of the bunch.

Renault’s new Megane E-Tech Electric is based mostly on the Renault-Nissan Group’s CMF-EV platform, which is shared with the Nissan Ariya SUV. Like its chassis sibling, the Megane E-Tech will have a 60kWh battery pack and a 215bhp electrical motor to offer a utmost vary of up to 280 miles.

The motor will also offer a wholesome 300Nm of torque, though De Meo has formerly promised a -62mph time of much less than 8 seconds. He also reported that Renault could appear to establish a more time-vary version of the auto in the future.

Renault previewed its new EV last calendar year with the Megane E-Eyesight idea, even though these new visuals show that some of its attributes will be toned down for the output design. The suspension has been elevated, the rear light bar has been tweaked and the monumental alloy wheels have been swapped for smaller output-welcoming choices.

Nonetheless, the relaxation of this early car’s styling continues to be devoted to the idea. Underneath the cladding we can place the exact blade intakes on the entrance bumper, as perfectly as the French brand’s trademark C-formed daytime running lights. There is also the exact kick in the waistline towards the crossover’s C-pillar, though the most up-to-date version of the Renault badge attributes as perfectly.

Offered the layout similarities, the finished Megane E-Tech Electric’s proportions ought to be really near to the concept’s, at four,210mm lengthy, one,800mm extensive and one,505mm tall. That’ll give it a similar footprint to the Captur crossover, but with a decrease roofline.

De Meo hailed the idea as “a masterpiece of packaging.” The car’s wheels are pushed out to the corners of the human body to maximise inside house, giving a very similar level of place to larger sized family hatchbacks with exterior proportions very similar to that of the latest Megane. 

The ground seems to be really shallow for an EV, also – no shock, offered that Renault guarantees that the Megane EV will use the slimmest battery pack on the sector, at just 110mm deep.

Renault also formerly teased the new car’s inside, which will aspect a brand-new L-formed infotainment program. The set-up contains a massive portrait infotainment program, which hyperlinks into a extensive electronic instrument cluster, and many thanks to the deficiency of a transmission tunnel, there’s house beneath the screen for a small added storage.

In other places on the technology entrance, an on-board charger will allow for 7kW charging from a wallbox, with extra sophisticated AC 3-section compatibility, also. Nonetheless, the only cost time Renault has disclosed so considerably is that the electrical Megane will be able to reclaim 124 miles of vary in 30 minutes when speedy charging at its utmost of 130kW DC.

We think the Megane will be disclosed this summer months in advance of heading on sale in Europe in advance of the close of the calendar year, but it’s unlikely to be on British streets right until 2022. Anticipate a beginning cost of in between £35,000 and £40,000.

There’ll be quite a few Renault-badged EVs next on from the Megane E-Tech Electric, also. De Meo reported: “Like with the very first technology of Megane, this Megane with an E is just the starting. A entire family of vehicles will be based mostly on our CMF-EV platform.” 

Nonetheless, Renault is extra probable to make a vary of individual styles, alternatively than a cluster of EVs all underneath the Megane banner.

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