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Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric SUV debuts with up to 470 km range

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Renault has taken the camouflage off the Mégane E-Tech Electric SUV at the 2021 IAA Mobility in Munich. Pre-orders have already commenced in European markets, with actual sales commencing in Feb 2022, followed by deliveries in March.

Built on the CMF-EV modular platform, the Mégane E-Tech measures 4.21 metre long, 1.78 metre wide and 1.50 metre high, with a wheelbase of 2.70 metre, which puts it in the subcompact category. As for the styling, the camouflage on the prototype didn’t really hide anything, so we already knew how the final product would look like months ago. It retains most of the styling elements from the Mégane eVision concept of last year.

Exterior features include headlights and taillights that animate when the key card is within 1 metre of the car; Renault logo-projecting wing mirrors, flush-fit automatic door handles, and standard 18-inch wheels. Up to 20-inch designs are available in the options list. In addition to 6 monotone colors, two-tone paint finishes are also available, with roof, pillars, and—depending on the chosen trim—the side mirror caps in Schist Grey, Diamond Black, or Glacier White.

Features inside include an inverted L-shaped panel on the dashboard that houses a portrait-style 12-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch driver display. The panel is slightly angled towards the driver. However, the entry-level model will get a 9-inch central touchscreen, which I think should be totally fine.

As for the materials used inside, it’s mostly about sustainability. And so, the dashboard on entry and mid-range variants has been topped with a textile, while the premium ones come with faux-leather. The upper contour of the dashboard and upper strip of the inner door panels feature Alcantara upholstery for mid-range cars and a decorative ‘Nuo’ wood finish on the premium trim. Nuo is apparently a new material made of real wood. The upholsteries on entry and mid-range versions are made of recycled materials. However, the seat panels on the premium trims are made of leather.

ADAS include Active Driver Assist (combines Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Keeping Assist), Smart speed limiter, Rear Automatic Emergency Braking, Occupant Safe Exit, Around View Monitor 3D, and Full Auto Park. Download the 38-page information sheet here to learn more.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, a single electric motor (electrically excited synchronous) on the front axle powers the Mégane E-Tech, offering two outputs: 96 kW (130.5 metric hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft), and 160 kW (217.5 metric hp) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft). Renault claims a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph).

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Two battery pack options will be offered: 40 kWh and 60 kWh, with estimated WLTP ranges of up to 300 km (186 mi) and 470 km (292 mi), respectively. The battery packs can be recharged with up to 130 kW at a DC fast-charging station. The Mégane E-Tech also boasts vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology to feed power back into the grid when needed.

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