Renault’s first electric SUV in Australia, the Megane E-Tech, is available to order.

    It’ll be priced from $64,990 before on-road costs, aligning it with the base Tesla Model Y ($65,400 before on-roads) and the entry-level Kia Niro S EV ($66,590 before on-roads).

    The first examples will touch down in Australia before the end of 2023.

    One specification (Techno EV60) will be offered in Australia, with an electric motor making 160kW and 300Nm. The 100km/h sprint takes a claimed 7.4 seconds.

    The 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack is good for a claimed range of up to 454km on the WLTP test cycle. It’ll charge at 7.4kW hooked up to an AC wall box, or up to 130kW when plugged into a DC public fast charger.

    At 4200mm long and 1768mm wide, with a 2685mm wheelbase, the E-Tech is shorter and narrower than a Hyundai Kona on the outside but rides a longer wheelbase.

    Renault says the Megane E-Tech offers comparable space to the cars in the class above inside. Claimed boot space is 440 litres, expanding to 1332L with the rear seats folded.

    Unusually for an electric vehicle, the E-Tech is light. Its tare mass of 1642kg undercuts the Model Y by close to 300kg.

    Standard Equipment

    • 20-inch alloy wheels
    • Adaptive LED headlights with auto high-beam
    • Recycled cloth and leatherette interior trim
    • 48-colour interior ambient lighting
    • 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • 12.3-inch driver display
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Wireless phone charger
    • Six-speaker sound system
    • Two front, two rear USB-C ports
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Reversing camera
    • Front, side, rear parking sensors
    • Smart rear-view mirror
    • Autonomous emergency braking (junction assist, pedestrian and cyclist detection)
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Blind-spot assist
    • Rear cross-traffic assist

    MORE: Everything Renault Megane

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    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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