Pre-production Renault Megane E-TECH Electric images released

Renault’s new electric crossover will produce 217bhp and cover up to 280 miles between charges

  • SUV styling
  • 160kW fast-charging capability
  • 217bhp and 280-mile range

This is the new electric Renault Megane crossover in pre-production form. Named the E-TECH Electric, in keeping with other electrified Renault models, it begins real-world testing this summer and will spearhead a range of new Renault EVs, all based on the same platform.

While still heavily camouflaged, we do know that the electric Renault Megane will have a 217bhp electric motor powered by a 60kWh battery, allowing for up to 280 miles on a single charge. Renault has also confirmed a 160kW fast-charging capability.

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The Megane E-TECH Electric is underpinned by the same platform as the Nissan Ariya SUV, called CMF-EV, and will take on the likes of the Volkswagen ID.3, Kia e-Niro and the new Cupra Born when it goes on sale either later this year or in early 2022.

At a glance, the new electric Megane is similar in size to the Renault Captur SUV but, since it won’t have to accommodate a combustion engine, will offer more space inside. The CMF-EV platform enables a spacious passenger area by pushing out the wheels to each corner and minimising the space taken by the electric powertrain. Renault says the new Megane will have the thinnest batteries on the market and an ultra-compact power unit.

This preview image shows that the production-ready Megane E-TECH Electric’s design will be very close to the Megane eVision concept, revealed in October 2020, which hinted at a higher ride height and sharp LED lights.

It’s expected that you’ll be able to order from a wide range of paint colours, and personalisation options will include having the roof in a contrasting colour. Several trim levels should be available but, if Renault’s other models are to go by, even the base model is likely to be well-equipped. Features like sat nav and the ability to see charging progress should come as standard.

The battery is 60kWh in size, which is equivalent to the mid-range battery in the Volkswagen ID.3. The Megane E-TECH Electric promises 217bhp and a 0-62mph time of under eight seconds. This model will be two-wheel drive but the chassis can also accept a second electric motor for four-wheel drive and increased performance. It’s not known whether the Megane E-TECH would be available with this setup, or whether it’d be reserved for bigger models to be launched on the same architecture.

The rear bumper is inspired by the Morphoz SUV concept, which originally previewed Renault’s electric future. We’ll have to wait and see whether the Megane E-TECH Electric follows the grey and gold colour schemes set by the two concept cars but we do know that 20-inch alloy wheels will be offered.

The electric Megane E-TECH is the first of seven zero-emission models set to be made by Renault. The brand has yet to confirm a starting price for the car.

Read about the upcoming electric Renault 5, or see where the Megane places on our list of best family cars.

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