Renault’s New Concept Car Turned Out to Be Electric Megane

However, the similarity with the Megane is only external. So, technically, it is a completely new car.

Renault has introduced the Megane eVision, a new concept car that will be transformed into a mass-produced electric vehicle in 2021. The Megane name was chosen for a reason: the similarity with the model is obvious, but it is a fundamentally different car.

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According to the company, the Megane eVision is 95 percent ready for production despite the fact that it has debuted as a prototype. The EV is based on the new CMF-EV platform designed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The size of the new model is inferior to the standard Megane of the fourth generation.

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So, the eVision is 4,210 mm in length, 1,800 mm width, 1,505 mm. Its center-to-center distance is 2,700 mm. Thus, it is 149 mm shorter, 14 mm narrower and 58 mm higher than the Renault Megane, the wheelbase of which is 2,669 mm.

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It can be assumed that the EV will get rid of cameras, frameless doors, and door handles in the Jaguar style on the way to the conveyor. Smaller wheels will replace the 20-inch ones, and matrix headlights will only be available for top-end configurations. There are no images of the interior yet.

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The Megane eVision is claimed to have one powertrain: an electric motor that produces 217 hp and 300 Nm. The unit comes with a 60-kWh battery, which is only 11 cm thick. The model accelerates from 0-100 km/h in less than 8 seconds. Renault does not specify a drive range but says that the EV is able to travel from London to Newcastle on a single charge (it is about 450 km).

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According to one version, Renault may abandon the production of the conventional Megane with an internal combustion engine, replacing it with the electric model in the future. Earlier, the brand's chief designer Laurence van den Acker said that

as soon as Renault adds electric vehicles to the model range, we will have to abandon a number of other cars because we can't afford to finance all this at the same time.
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According to other reports, the French automaker will not abandon the standard Megane but will expand it with “an SUV ”. The Megane will be “a mainstay for future C-segment models”.

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