Renault has released details on its bold electric concept the Renault Megane eVision. With their sights on reinventing the classic hatchback, we wanted to share a first look at Renault’s innovative concept car which will go into production in 2021.
The Megane has been one of Renault’s star-performers for the past 25 years, consistently selling well thanks to its style and family-friendly practicalities. However, the popularity of crossover SUVs models is hitting the hatchback segment hard, with sales falling.
Keen to change the fate of one of its most popular models, Renault aims to revolutionise the hatchback with the new Megane eVision. Taking inspiration from city cars, SUVs and coupes the result is a unique and exciting model with a futuristic approach to motoring.
“The car looks very futuristic but it is 95% what the production car will look like.”Commented new Renault boss Luca de Meo at the model’s reveal
The concept Renault Megane eVision is built on the CMF-EV platform, the same platform as the upcoming Nissan Ariya. There will be some other styling similarities between the two models. However, the eVision follows Renault’s Morphoz concept revealed back in March.
At 4210mm long, 1800mm wide and 1505mm high its dimensions are comparable to the Renault Captur. However, by building on the foundations set from the Morphoz concept, Renault ensures it has a more futuristic look.
The Renault Megane eVision concept features new slimline batteries which are mounted under the floor of the vehicle. The 60kWh battery offers up to 214bhp and 300Nm with 0-62mph taking less than eight seconds.
Adding practicality to performance, it is thought the range will be around 280 miles on a single charge. But with the capability of fast-charging at 130kW topping up will cause little disruption to your commute.
The grille on the eVision model comes directly from the Morphoz concept with narrow LED matric headlights merging into a strip running across the front of the car and surrounding an illuminated Renault logo.
The addition of air stops in the front bumper help to direct air around the wheels to increase efficiency. Meanwhile, a rear spoiler mounted on the coupe-like roof also helps to aid efficiency. It feeds down to a sculpted rear end which features an aluminium diffuser.
Further aerodynamic improvements come in the distinctive 20-inch wheel rims, as well as the flush electric door handles, which open automatically when you approach the car.
Renault is yet to release any images of the interior, but given the futuristic approach to exterior styling, it’s clear it will be something special. We do know that space inside is said to rival that of family saloons, as the new CMF-EV platform allows for greater use of on board space.
Hints also suggest it will come with dramatic ambient lighting which will add a sense of theatre to journeys and a state-of-the-art L-shaped infotainment system called ‘Livingscreen’.
If you’re not ready to make the switch to electric just yet, fear not. The new Renault Megane eVision will not replace the existing Megane, with plans for it to remain on sale after the launch of the fully electric model. In fact, by the end of this year, the Megane is the only model which will be available with a diesel engine, as Renault drastically cuts its offering of diesel engines.
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