Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric: Alles neu, alles anders

Another combustion engine that is now being converted to electric drive? It’s not that simple with the Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric. Only the name connects it to its conventionally powered brother. Otherwise everything is new and different. The streaming Mégane will be available in two performance levels, with one battery charge it can travel up to 470 kilometers. We have already made the acquaintance of the Elektro-Mégane.

The Renault Mégane Electric: Short overhangs, narrow matrix LED headlights, flush recessed door handles.

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One can in no way accuse Renault of having overslept with electromobility. On the contrary: as early as 2012, the French – at the time gently laughed at – sent the purely battery-electric version of the Fluence notchback sedan onto the road. The Zoe small car is already in its second generation, the quad-like Twizy has been firmly established since 2011. And the Twingo is only available as a Stromer anyway.

Special electric platform

In March 2022, the electric age will dawn for the compact Mégane as well. However, it is important to be precise here. The E-Tech Electric has nothing to do with the Mégane, as it is known as a gasoline, diesel or plug-in hybrid. It is a completely new car that arises from a special electric platform (CMF-EV). Alliance partner Nissan is using it for its upcoming Ariya electric SUV.

The opponent from VW is not called Golf, but ID.3 or ID.4. The Cupra Born is actually more likely to be classified as a direct opponent. Because the Renault designers have put the 4.21 meter long Mégane Electric in the outfit of a sporty, muscular hatchback with a slight tendency to crossover. Also means: The French have left their hands on the SUV look, which has become widespread among electric vehicles.

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Electrically charged: the electric Mégane is being built in Douai in northern France.
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The electric Mégane comes in two power levels, which also differ in terms of battery size and charging capacity. The basic model has an output of 96 kW / 130 PS, uses a 40 kWh battery and has a range of 300 kilometers on one battery charge. Beginners can only use the 11 kW wallbox in one phase and with up to 7.4 kW, while the direct current fast charging station is tapped with a maximum of 85 kW.

Charging at the turbo column

The top version has 160 kW / 218 PS, its battery has a storage capacity of 60 kWh, and AC charging is three-phase. A maximum of 130 kW is docked to the turbo charging column. For comparison: VW ID.3 and Cupra Born do this with 125 kW. The Mègane-Electric should be able to fill up with electricity for a 200-kilometer journey within half an hour.

At eleven centimeters, the battery is relatively flat, and it is also relatively light (395 kg), so that the Mégane Electric can pass as a lightweight by electric car standards, it only weighs 1642 kg. Renault has also upgraded it to bidirectional charging, which means that it can not only consume electricity, but also feed it back into the grid.

All-wheel drive not excluded

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At the electricity tank: the basic model taps alternating current, the top version three-phase.
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Unlike many other Stromer, the French electrician relies on front-wheel drive. It is quite conceivable, however, that an all-wheel-drive model with a second electric motor on the rear axle will follow at a later date.

A look inside: the interior proves to be well furnished and spacious, only the backbenchers might feel a little restricted. There is no “frunk” under the front hood, but there are large shelves in the passenger area. At least 440 liters fit in the rear trunk, and an extra compartment holds the charging cables. However, the loading sill is quite high. We didn’t like it that much, just as little as what felt like an arrow-slit rear window, without a rear-view camera it doesn’t work in the end.

Master Google helps

The instrumentation combines two displays to form a widescreen landscape in the form of a lying “L”. Master Google is behind the Android-based digital eco-system with its tried and tested services such as Maps or Assistant. The temperature can be set or the navigation system programmed using voice commands (“Hey Google”), for example. And one of the partially automated competencies is that the Mégane Electric automatically observes speed limits, maintains the distance to the vehicle in front as well as approaches lanes and bends or roundabouts with anticipatory adjusted speed.

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No changing of the guard yet: The Electric does not sell the conventional Mégane for the time being.
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We are putting the Mégane Electric on the road and are once again enjoying the benefits of electric driving. Thanks to the directly applied torque (300 Newton meters), the Frenchman picks up speed, the direct steering and the neatly tuned chassis promote agility as well as the aforementioned lightness of being, a total of four recuperation levels can be controlled via shift paddles. Regarding the performance, it can be said that the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h takes 7.4 seconds and the electronics make a point at 160 km / h.

Prices in December

Incidentally, the conventional Mégane will remain in the program until 2024. The order books for the E-Tech Electric will open in February, the new Stromer will be available from dealers from March. Renault wants to define price expectations in mid-December. Speculations have grown up about an entry in the mid 30,000 range.

Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric in Brief:

When he comes: Can be ordered from February 2022, from dealers from March

Who he targets: VW ID.3 und ID.4, Cupra Born

What drives him: Electric motor with 96 kW / 130 PS or 160 kW / 218 PS.

What it costs: Not yet known

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