New 2022 Renault Megane E-Tech Electrical prototypes hit the street
The reinvented Renault Megane will open a brand new chapter for the French model with former SEAT boss Luca De Meo now in cost. The agency’s plan, dubbed “Renaulution”, will see Renault launch seven new all-electric autos by 2025, with this Megane EV crossover the primary of the bunch.
Renault’s new Megane E-Tech Electrical relies 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 may have a 60kWh battery pack and a 215bhp electrical motor to offer a most vary of as much as 280 miles.
The motor can even present a wholesome 300Nm of torque, whereas De Meo has beforehand promised a 0-62mph time of lower than eight seconds. He additionally mentioned that Renault may look to develop a longer-range model of the automotive sooner or later.
Renault previewed its new EV final 12 months with the Megane E-Imaginative and prescient idea, though these new pictures present that a few of its options shall be toned down for the manufacturing mannequin. The suspension has been raised, the rear gentle bar has been tweaked and the large alloy wheels have been swapped for smaller production-friendly alternate options.
Given the design similarities, the completed Megane E-Tech Electrical’s dimensions needs to be very near the idea’s, at 4,210mm lengthy, 1,800mm huge and 1,505mm tall. That’ll give it a comparable footprint to the Captur crossover, however with a decrease roofline.
De Meo hailed the idea as “a masterpiece of packaging.” The automotive’s wheels are pushed out to the corners of the physique to maximise inside area, providing an identical degree of room to bigger household hatchbacks with exterior dimensions much like that of the present Megane.
The ground seems to be very shallow for an EV, too – no shock, on condition that Renault guarantees that the Megane EV will use the slimmest battery pack available on the market, at simply 110mm deep.
Renault additionally beforehand teased the brand new automotive’s inside, which can function a brand-new L-shaped infotainment system. The set-up includes a big portrait infotainment system, which hyperlinks into a large digital instrument cluster, and due to the dearth of a transmission tunnel, there’s area beneath the display for a little bit further storage.
Elsewhere on the expertise entrance, an on-board charger will enable 7kW charging from a wallbox, with extra superior AC three-phase compatibility, too. Nonetheless, the one cost time Renault has revealed up to now is that the electrical Megane will be capable of reclaim 124 miles of vary in half-hour when fast charging at its most of 130kW DC.
We consider the Megane shall be revealed this summer season earlier than happening sale in Europe earlier than the tip of the 12 months, however it’s unlikely to be on British roads till 2022. Count on a beginning worth of between £35,000 and £40,000.
There’ll be a number of Renault-badged EVs following on from the Megane E-Tech Electrical, too. De Meo mentioned: “Like with the primary era of Megane, this Megane with an E is only the start. A complete household of autos shall be based mostly on our CMF-EV platform.”
Nonetheless, Renault is extra more likely to make a spread of separate fashions, relatively than a cluster of EVs all beneath the Megane banner.
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