New Renault Megane electric car spotted: price, specs and release date
A new version of the Renault Megane is on the way – and it’s set to become an all-electric alternative to the likes of the VW ID3. Read on for everything you need to know.
- Next-gen Renault Megane spotted
- Electric-only family hatchback
- Similar styling to eVision concept
- Claimed range of around 280 miles
- 130kW fast charging ability
- Goes on sale in 2022
The new Renault Megane has been spotted undergoing testing, ahead of its launch in 2022. It’s set to be very different from the current car, too; instead of being conventional petrol- or diesel-powered family hatchback, the new Megane will debut next year as an EV-alternative to the VW ID3 and Nissan Leaf.
2022 Renault Megane design
Even with all the camouflage on the development car you see here, it’s clear the next Renault Megane will look a lot like the Megane eVision concept car, shown below.
The concept’s slim headlights and slightly raised ride height are set to be retained on the production version, and the same goes for the sloping roofline, the slender brake lights and the bluff rear bumper.
Not every detail has been carried over, though – for instance, the side cameras on the concept look like they’ve been replaced by conventional wing mirrors. The camouflage disguise means it’s pretty much impossible to know if other design elements, such as the full-width front light bar, will be featured on the production Megane.
2022 Renault Megane batteries and range
Full range and charging info for this new electric car will be confirmed closer to launch, though the Megane eVision concept gives you a good idea of what to look forward to.
That design study came with a 60kWh battery that can hold enough charge for up to 280 miles of range, so expect similar specs in the production Renault Megane. That would give it a greater range than the Renault Zoe electric car you can buy today.
Renault also claimed the Megane eVision concept is compatible with 130kW charging points, which means it can be recharged up to 80% full in around half an hour. The finished Renault Megane should be in at least a similar ballpark when it comes to charging speeds.
2022 Renault Megane motors and performance
As with the battery specs, the new Renault Megane’s electric motor setup should be pretty similar to the concept car’s. This should mean the new Megane will be powered by a single electric motor, which sends all of its power to the front wheels.
There’s no word yet on how much power the new Renault Megane will have, though you can expect the eVision concept’s 217hp motor to be carried over pretty much unchanged. While not confirmed yet, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Renault fleshes out the Megane range with more performance-oriented models.
2022 Renault Megane interior
A lot about the new Renault Megane’s interior is still unknown – especially as the spy shots don’t show much of the cabin at all. Since there doesn’t appear to be a traditional instrument display, though, it’s very likely the Megane will end up using a slim digital readout for the speedometer and range gauges.
It’s likely the rest of the cabin will be very minimalist, with most of the controls being operated through a big touchscreen on the centre console.
2022 Renault Megane price and release date
Renault has already confirmed the new Megane will go on sale in 2022 – meaning there’s a chance the production-ready car will be revealed before the end of 2021. No details on prices have been announced yet, but if other EV alternatives such as the VW ID3 and Citroen e-C4 are anything to go, expect the new Renault Megane to start from around £30,000.
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