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everything about the future electric big sister of the ZOE

This Mégane eVision compact electric crossover concept car makes us wait before the future production model inaugurating the CMF-EV platform in 2022, with approximately 450 km of autonomy.

You were waiting for it, here it is, it is the real new electric step of Renault after the ZOE. It was therefore necessary to wait 7 years after the city car (and its redesign in 2019) to see a real trendy novelty. We are not yet at the production stage, but CEO Luca de Meo claims it: the Mégane eVision is near “95% of the style that our next cars will have”. This concept car was presented this October 15 in the eWays event, where we also discovered the Dacia Spring Electric.

A small compact that looks like an SUV

With the Mégane eVision, the Losange tells “Reinventing the codes of the classic 5-door”. While a compact sedan is around 4.35 meters tall and no more than 1.50 meters tall, this concept is shorter and has an enhanced look. It is 4.21 meters long – which is close to the Captur (4.23 m) and 12 cm longer than a ZOE -, a width of 1.80 meters (excluding mirrors), and a height of 1, 50 m (-8 cm compared to the Captur but +5 cm compared to the Mégane).

The Mégane eVision confirms the smooth evolution of Renault styling. Less cartoonish than the Morphoz, it takes the curves and wheel arches of current models, but strengthens the features at the front. The facies tortures the LED daytime running lights further, and completes them with a strip of dynamic lights. This signature would be “Recognizable at 100 meters” according to the leader.

A great unknown remains: the interior. Renault does not show the interior of its electric compact. Perhaps the manufacturer will come back to it in the future, or it will be necessary to wait for the production version, which will gain real mirrors and lose its chrome roof. Little clue, “It will offer comparable habitability” segment C, or close to a current Mégane 15 cm larger.

217 horsepower and 60 kWh battery

The Mégane eVision’s electric motor is located at the front. Its 217 horsepower (160 kW) and 300 Nm energize the wheels at the same end: the crossover is therefore a simple 2-wheel drive (traction). This power would allow 0-100 km / h to be achieved in less than 8 seconds, underlines the brand. It is equipped with a battery of 60 kWh of useful capacity, integrating the floor of the car, with “A height of 11 cm, the flattest on the market”. They are from LG Chem, and its cells will be produced in Poland, before assembly in France.

Renault already communicates on an approximate range of around 450 kilometers in the WLTP combined cycle. So it’s much better than the ZOE, especially given the weight of 1,650 kg. It will be especially to the advantage of Renault to face the Volkswagen ID.3 and its 420 km (battery configuration 58 kWh) and bury the Citroën ë-C4 / Peugeot e-2008 duo (320 to 350 km). A 40 kWh version will also be on the program, which is estimated to have more than 300 km of operating range per charge.

As we mentioned in the article on the CMF-EV platform that the Mégane eVision uses, charging is possible up to 130 kW of power in DC and 22 kW in three-phase AC (option). The 22 kW will be optional on the production model equipped by default with a 7.4 kW single-phase AC charger.

On the road in 2022

Luca de Meo is undoubtedly too positive by announcing: “You won’t be long in seeing her in the streets”. The group’s R&D manager, Gilles Le Borgne, confirmed it to us: the presentation of the production model is for fall 2021, in a year. The start of production at the Douai plant (59) will follow, while deliveries of the first units to customers will only start in early 2022.

The good news is that the CMF-EV platform will be used to “A whole family of vehicles” electric. If the Mégane E adopts the short version, a family SUV with a style close to the Morphoz will join the range quickly. It is also rumored that an electric family sedan will join the ranks, as will an Alpine SUV.

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