The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric has been officially revealed.
The all-electric small SUV is the first of at least two reveals for Renault at the Munich motor show. The reborn Renault 5 is expected to be revealed in the coming days.
There’s no word on whether it’ll make the journey to Australia.
Renault claims weighs just 1650kg – light, compared to the Volkswagen ID.4 (2050kg) and Tesla Model Y (2000kg).
It’s actually smaller than the current Megane hatchback, although its electric platform means it should have more space inside.
Under the skin is the Renault CMF-EV platform, packing a battery Renault says is just 110mm thick. The battery is liquid-cooled.
Two options are offered: a 40kWh unit good for 300km of range, and a 60kWh one good for 470km.
Plugged into an AC home wall box, the E-Tech can charge at up to 22kW.
It’ll charge at up to 130kW plugged into a DC public fast charger, good for 300km of driving range in 30 minutes according to Renault.
Two powertrains will be offered: one with 96kW of power and 250Nm of torque, and another with 165kW/300Nm.
The 97kW car is paired with the 40kWh battery pack, and can charge at up to 22kW using AC power. It doesn’t appear to be compatible with DC fast charging.
The 165kW motor is paired with the bigger battery, and is capable of 130kW DC charging. Versions of the 60kWh car capable of either 7kW or 22kW AC charging will be offered.
Fleet buyers will be offered a unique version of the Megane with the less powerful motor, but the larger battery.
Renault says the most powerful E-Tech can do the 100km/h sprint in 7.4 seconds, and is capable of 160km/h flat out.
A full suite of active driver assists will be offered, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic parking, and a camera-based rear-view mirror.
Inside, the new Megane is heavy on screens. It combines a 12.3-inch digital driver display with a 12.0-inch central screen running the latest Renault infotainment software.
Built around Google’s Android Automotive bones, the system is called OpenR Link. It can be updated over-the-air, and supports the sort of gestures familiar to iPhone or Android phone users.
Renault says a selection of recycled materials have been used throughout the cabin, each of which has a unique look and feel. Genuine leather is also an option.