When Renault launched the first generation of the compact Mégane in 1995, it had to face a number of problems. But Mégane succeeded and became one of the pillars of the French brand’s return to prominence. Now Renault is having a lot of problems again and Mégane is to help him to the top again. However, in a new, electric form, which is preceded by the eVision concept.
Luca de Meo, the new head of the French carmaker, recalled the situation when Mégane and later the first Dacia Logan helped Renault get out of the global crisis when introducing the eVision concept. And the new Mégane could have the same effect. The end of the classic hatchback with internal combustion engines has been speculated for some time. Sales are not nearly as good as those of competitors, and given the problems of the whole Renault, it is necessary to save where possible.
Talisman, Espace or Scénic, for example, will almost certainly not succeed here). And another in a row is the combustion Mégane (the station wagon is also offered as a plug-in hybrid from this year), currently sold in the fourth generation. But Luca de Meo also reminded that Renault should not forget its roots and history.
And maybe that’s why the concept of the electric compact hatchback was named Mégane eVision. The historically successful name could help quite a bit in the segment of compact electric models, which has not yet been explored for Renault (however differently it is doing well, especially with smaller electric cars).
Especially at a time when even the biggest competition is heading in the same direction. The Citroën ë-C4 is “only” an electric version of the combustion hatchback, but the Volkswagen ID.3 is designed from the ground up as an electric car. And Renault is following the same path.
Mégane eVision thus stands on the fully electric modular platform CMF-EV. And even with her, de Meo did not forgive himself for the historical connection. The first Mégane was offered in several body versions. In addition to today’s common hatchback, station wagon and sedan, it was also sold as a coupe and convertible, and the first generation Scénic also bore the name Mégane for some time, which showed the relationship of all compact models.
And it is on the CMF-EV platform that Renault also wants to build a number of cars in the future, although probably not with an open body. Rather, SUVs can be expected. It will also be used by other brands of the Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi alliance.
By the way, according to the carmaker’s representatives, the electric Mégane is 95 percent finished. What can be seen in the gallery before the end of next year will probably only come out with minimal modifications to the roads. This also suggests that the current Mégane could really end. The production of the electric version will take place in France, most likely in a factory in Douai. Today, the Talisman, Espace and Scénic models are being developed there, but from 2021 the plant will produce electric cars. The serial version of the eVision concept will also be the first production Renault on the new platform.
An electric motor with an output of 160 kW and a torque of 300 Nm works within the bowels of the eVision concept. You won’t get much stronger Renaultes at the moment, which corresponds to accelerating from a standstill to 100 km / h in less than eight seconds. The battery has a capacity of 60 kWh. According to de Mea, this should be enough for a range of 450 km according to the WLTP cycle.
Recall that the 150kW Volkswagen ID.3 with a usable capacity of 58 kWh will travel up to 425 km according to the manufacturer. Both models are quite similar – but VW has powered rear wheels, Renault will have front wheels.
The battery of the French model allows up to 130 kW of fast charging, so the driver could have 200 kilometers available in about half an hour. It can then be charged with alternating current with a maximum output of 22 kW.
The advantage of Mégan eVision is the usability of the interior space. With a length of 4210 mm, the car is 149 mm shorter than the current Mégane, yet it has a longer wheelbase – 2700 mm against 2669 mm. With more compact dimensions, the car can offer more space inside, even due to shorter overhangs. Electrical technology in the bowels of the car is to blame. It is smaller than in combustion models, which made it possible to reduce the dimensions, but not at the expense of the interior space.
The battery, by the way, with a height of 11 centimeters, one of the lowest on the market, is also located under the floor and does not take up space for rear passengers or luggage in the trunk.
The design of the concept itself is based on the Morphoz spring SUV. The main element of the car is the centrally located large logo of the carmaker, which is followed by headlights with Matrix LED technology. The intake vents are located in the lower part of the front bumper, so the car lacks a conventional front grille. It is similar at the back, where the main design element consists of a distinctive logo and the associated LED lights.
On the other hand, the Mégane eVision borrowed more distinctively shaped fenders from the SUV world, as well as 20-inch wheels, covered, for better aerodynamics, with 21-inch covers. On the contrary, the coupe resembles the roof line, the shape of which also helps aerodynamics. Quite a few elements, including, for example, the aforementioned roof, are painted in gold, contrasting the matte gray body.
And it is worth noting the rendering of the last letter “E” in the name of Mégane on the fifth door. This, with its lines with parallel stripes, refers to the 1972 Renault logo, designed by Victor Vasarely and which gave the brand’s emblem its current form.
The carmaker did not give a glimpse into the interior, similarly to the mentioned SUV Morphoz, but its dominant feature is a large L-shaped screen.