Government documents seen by CarExpert reveal the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric has been officially confirmed for sale in Australia.

    Renault Australia’s importer Ateco has previously confirmed the vehicle is due later this year in Australia.

    The documents reveal two variants for the local market, called Techno and Iconic.

    Only one powertrain is listed, with 160kW of power and 300Nm of torque. The official 0-100km/h claim for this powertrain is 7.2 seconds.

    It’s powered by a 60kWh battery, with a claimed 470km of range under the stricter WLTP test cycle.

    There’s no mention in the documents of the smaller 40kWh battery or 96kW/250Nm entry-level powertrain.

    The Megane E-Tech Electric supports DC fast charging at up to 130kW, and AC charging at up to 7.4kW.

    The listed braked towing capacity is 900kg, with an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg, while the Megane E-Tech Electric’s tare mass is 1642kg.

    The electric hatchback measures 4200mm long, 1768mm wide, 1500mm tall and rides a 2685mm wheelbase, making it similar in size to the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Cupra Born.

    Customers will have the option of 18-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels depending on the variant.

    Under the skin is the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CMF-EV platform which it shares with the Nissan Ariya.

    Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.0-inch vertical infotainment system with Android Automotive.

    Built around Google’s Android Automotive, the infotainment 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.

    It also has a full suite of Google apps including Google Maps, Google Play and Google Assistant, but also features Apple CarPlay.

    Depending on the variant there are various upholstery trims available for the European market including a choice of textile, Alcantara, and faux leather upholstery.

    In entry-level and mid-spec cars overseas, the seat upholstery is made from 100 per cent recycled materials.

    Safety technology includes autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring.

    As it hasn’t arrived yet in Australia, there’s no rating from safety authority ANCAP. However, it received five stars from sister organisation Euro NCAP.

    The Megane E-Tech was first revealed at the Munich Motor Show in 2021, and went on sale in Europe early in 2022.

    It won’t be the first EV from the French brand in Australia, as Renault has previously offered the Kangoo Z.E. and Zoe.

    It will join the latest small electric van, the Kangoo E-Tech Electric, in the brand’s local line-up. It’ll also come as the current, petrol-powered Megane R.S. heads out the door.

    Jade Credentino

    Jade Credentino is an automotive journalist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Jade has had a chance to review a variety of vehicles and particularly enjoys SUVs. She enjoys traveling and going on road trips exploring Australia.

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