Renault confirms price and specs for all-new Mégane E-Tech
Renault has confirmed the full pricing and specification of its all-new, all-electric Mégane E-Tech, which is available to pre-order now priced from £35,995 OTR with first deliveries expected later in the year.
The Mégane E-Tech is the first of a new generation of electric vehicles built on Renault’s advanced CMF-EV platform, styled within the brand’s ‘sensual tech’ design language and the first model to wear the new ‘Nouvel’R’ logo.
With an electric driving range of up to 280 miles (WLTP), the Mégane E-Tech also features a class-leading digital experience with a 12.3-inch dashboard display, 9-inch multimedia display, and Android Automotive OS with integrated Google services.
The exterior of the Mégane E-Tech features an extended wheelbase with reduced overhangs, a thinner-than-ever battery, and alloy wheels up to 20 inches in size combine with the high waistline and coupe-like styling to deliver a powerful stance that marries beautifully with its generous cabin space.
From the LED lighting arrays to the flush electric door handles that glide out automatically as the driver approaches, the model embraces modern technology, which is mirrored inside the cabin.
The high-resolution 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster combines with the 9-inch OpenR infotainment display to deliver an unprecedented connected experience.
Google’s Android Automotive OS provides access to Google Maps and Google Assistant as well as a host of applications offered through the Google Play store.
Standard on mid-range Techno models and above, the fully-connected system also offers the ability to update the software over-the-air, delivering upgrades and improvements over time without the need to visit a dealership.
Through the My Renault app, customers can maintain a permanent connection with their Mégane E-Tech with a wide variety of functions, such as remote activation of air conditioning or cabin heating with no impact on vehicle range while still plugged-in, schedule charging times, pay automatically when using compatible charging stations, and more.
The Mégane E-Tech is powered by a new 160 kW electric motor with 300 Nm of torque and four levels of regenerative braking.
The new motor is particularly compact and weighs only 145 kg – 10 per cent less than the previous generation motor currently used by Renault’s Zoe – and doesn’t require the use of rare earth metals.
The new traction motor is capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in just 7.5 seconds, but is also capable of remarkable efficiency, consuming just 16.1 Wh per 62 miles.
At only 110 mm – 40 per cent smaller than the Zoe battery – the 60 kWh battery is the thinnest on the market, meaning the centre of gravity is lower (-90mm compared to Mégane ICE) and the car is more agile.
Weight is evenly distributed thanks to the battery being housed under the whole floor plate.
The Mégane E-Tech is capable of up to 280 miles (WLTP) on a single charge, while recharging can be achieved in a variety of ways to suit the available infrastructure, from a simple domestic socket, a 7.4 kW Wallbox, public charging stations up to 22 kW, and even DC fast-chargers up to 130 kW. The latter permits up to 186 miles of driving range (WLTP) to be recovered in just 30 minutes.
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