New Renault Megane eVISION electric car concept revealed
Renault has revealed an all-new electric concept car called the Megane eVISION, showing you what to expect from an upcoming electric family hatchback.
- Megane eVISION revealed
- Electric hatchback
- Smaller than a Megane
- 60kWh battery
- 280-mile range
- 130kW fast charging
- 0-60 in less than 8.0 seconds
The Renault Megane eVISION is a concept car, meaning it won’t go on sale but it does show you what to expect from a future Renault production car. It’ll be a medium-sized family hatchback that’ll join the existing Renault Zoe electric car on sale sometime in late 2021 or 2022.
Renault Megane eVISION design
The Megane eVISION looks very different to the current Renault Megane. For a start, its tall body and huge 20-inch wheels make it look more like an SUV than a family hatchback. The hook-shaped headlights take inspiration from current Renaults, but the full-width light strip connecting them is a completely new feature. This is more complex than the horizontal daytime running light you can get on a VW ID.3 and plays scrolling animations when you lock and unlock the car.
From the side, you’ll spot the coupe-like sloping roofline and hidden rear door handles. The Megane eVISION’s doors don’t have a great many fiddly creases, but the sculpted side skirts help exaggerate the car’s ride height and make it feel a bit more like an SUV than a conventional five-door hatchback.
From the rear, the full-width brake-light mirrors the shape of the Megane eVISION’s headlights. The contrasting black bumper trim and silver rear diffuser stop the rear looking too tall and upright, and there are a couple of gold trims to match the car’s contrasting roof.
Renault Megane eVISION interior
Renault’s said that the Megane eVISION is between 15 and 30 centimetres shorter than an average family hatchback – such as the current Renault Megane or a VW Golf. This helps to make it more manoeuvrable in tight spaces, but usually results in a rather cramped interior.
However, Reanult’s made the best use of the cabin space by tucking the car’s batteries under the floor and pushing the front and rear wheels as close to the edges of the car as possible. Unfortunately, it hasn’t released any images showing what the car’s cabin actually looks like.
Renault Megane eVISION batteries and range
The Megane eVISION is built using Renault’s new electric car platform, which it shares with Nissan and Mitsubishi. The battery itself is a 60kWh unit, which can deliver around 280 miles of range. You can charge this battery using fast 130kW public charge points, which can boost the car’s range from empty to 80% charged in approximately half an hour.
Renault Megane eVISION motors and performance
Unlike the VW ID.3 and ID.4 electric cars, the Renault Megane eVISION is front-wheel drive. It’s electric motor produces 217hp and 300Nm of torque, which is enough to help it accelerate from 0-60mph in less that eight seconds. That doesn’t sound particularly quick, but the instant power delivery of its electric motors should help it feel pretty nippy in town.
Renault Megane eVISION price and release date
The Renault Megane eVISION concept won’t ever go on sale, but you can expect an electric production car with similar styling and specs to be revealed in late 2021. This alternative to the VW ID.3 and ID.4 will likely cost from at least £30,000 and may be offered with various battery and motor combination.
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