Renault Megane E-Tech We reviewed it at IAA Mobility

On September 6th, Renault presented the fully electric Renault Megane E-Tech Electric at the c. The first representative of a completely new generation of e-cars is dynamic and suitable for everyday use. We have pictures and all the information for you.

Now the time had come, on the very first day of the IAA, the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric was presented. The world premiere of the new electric model marks a new era of electric models for Renault. We have all the information for you.

  • Megane E-Tech Electric presented
  • Styling similar to the eVision concept
  • Two drives – 130 and 218 hp – at the market launch
  • Range of 470 kilometers
  • Retractable door handles
  • 440 liters trunk volume
  • Market launch March 2022

Renault has launched its own electric car based on the Nissan Ariya. It is compact, looks beefy, and offers surprisingly little space in the rear.

Exterior design and technical data

The Megane E-Tech is not particularly big, because it measures 4.21 meters in length, 1.78 meters wide, and 1.50 meters high. The wheelbase is a good 2.70 meters and the trunk can accommodate 440 liters of luggage.

But when you look at the Megane, you think it’s bigger because it’s quite beefy. The front is adorned by Z-shaped daytime running lights and flat LED headlights. The new Renault logo, which is located in the center of the bonnet, is also striking. What is also immediately noticeable are the gold-colored design elements below the bonnet, which set the E-Tech apart from the normal combustion model.

Renault Megane E-Tech

We also like the door handles, which are not found at first glance. The front door handles can be lowered as standard, the rear ones are hidden in the C-pillars. If you look at the Megane from behind, you can see a very small rear window and taillights that create a 3D effect. The trunk has a capacity of 440 liters and unfortunately has a very high loading sill.

Renault Megane E-Tech: battery, range, and motors

Renault is launching the Megane E-Tech Electric with two engine variants, both of which are front-wheel drive. The smaller version is equipped with 130 hp and a maximum torque of 250 Nm. The currently largest version has 218 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The 1.6-ton model accelerates in 7.4 seconds when you accelerate from a standing start to 100 km / h. The top speed is limited to 160 km / h, as is known from other electric cars.

The Megane E-Tech is said to have a particularly safe battery. You can even choose between a 40 and 60 kWh battery, the range is then 300 or 470 kilometers. With a fast-charging station with a maximum of 130 kW charging power, the Megane E-Tech can then be refueled in 30 minutes and you have a range of up to 300 kilometers. If you charge on a wall box, you can do so with 7 kW or 22 kW.

Renault Megane E-Tech

But back to the particularly safe battery. Renault has installed special access to the batteries for the fire brigade so that the fire can be extinguished in a few minutes in the event of a battery fire. This is to prevent the entire vehicle from having to be stored in a container with water for hours.

Interior

The inside of the Megane E-Tech is very digital. A unit of digital displays and a vertically installed infotainment screen comes as standard. Renault calls this opener. This digital cockpit is configurable and peppered with all kinds of technical details. This is hardly surprising because infotainment was developed together with Google.

It reacts without delays, which is a significant step forward compared to the manufacturer’s previous systems. What we like: There is also a bar with physical buttons for climate control.

Inside you have a lot of space in the cockpit and also a lot of space and storage compartments. A total of 30 liters are available at the front alone, which should be enough storage space. The disadvantage here is that the gear selector lever, therefore, had to be inserted into the steering column. Four levers are now attached to the steering wheel, which could be a bit too much for one or the other.

Renault Megane E-Tech

Otherwise, the cockpit makes a very high-quality and well-thought-out impression, the door storage compartments are covered with felt and the surfaces are made of recycled materials. Wood elements are also available and leather seats can also be ordered.

Now we come to the negative part: the fund. It’s very tight there. There is space for the head and legs even for adults, but you have to squeeze in, which reduces the driving comfort. If you are taller than 1.80 meters, you will have a little space problem here and also have the window edge at eye level, which also causes a feeling of tightness.

Renault Megane E-Tech: prices and the start of sales

The Megane E-Tech Electric will be available in Renault dealerships from March 2022. It will be available for order from February next year. Renault has not yet commented on prices, but we assume that it will roughly price itself into the hybrid model of the normal Megane. This is 36,000 euros.

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