Currently reading: New Renault Megane eVision EV due for 2021 production
New electric concept car features 60kWh battery and reinvents the Megane, but will be sold alongside regular ICE car to diversify product line
James Attwood, digital editor
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15 October 2020

Renault has revealed the Mégane eVision, a bold electric concept that it claims “reinvents the classical hatchback” and closely previews a final car due to go into production at the end of 2021.

When it arrives it will not immediately replace the Megane, with the firm revealing a combustion-engined Megane (likely an updated version of today's model) will remain on sale for some time after the EV's launch. 

Although it takes its name from Renault’s long-running Ford Focus rival, the concept is an all-new design built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s electric CMF-EV platform, which is also used for the Nissan Ariya large SUV.

The Mégane eVision appears to share several styling features with the Ariya, but its design is heavily based on the recent Renault Morphoz concept. New Renault boss Luca de Meo commented at the model's reveal today: "The car looks very futuristic but it is 95% what the production car will look like."

De Meo said the company “fully leveraged the potential of a pure-electric platform to reinvent the classical hatchback in an emotional way”. He continued: “The Mégane eVision reinvents the Mégane and Renault reinvents Renault. This is just the beginning; a whole new generation of innovation-packed EVs is to come. A family of vehicles will be based on the CMF-EV platform - to date more than 300 patents have been filed."

The Mégane eVision features what Renault terms ‘slimline’ batteries, which are built into the structure of the CMF-EV platform. As is standard for an EV, the batteries are mounted under the floor. De Meo said the batteries are 11cm high, claiming this makes them "the flattest in the market". He added: "It allows us to give [the concept] a sporty look and achieve very competitive aerodynamics."

The concept has a 60kWh battery that can be fast-charged at rates of up to 130kW. De Meo claimed the car is capable of a range of 280 miles on WLTP. He added that there was "potential" to achieve a higher range in future. The 63kWh unit in the closely related but larger Ariya yields a range of around 223 miles.

The production version of the Mégane eVision, will be revealed next year ahead of sales starting in 2021, and is likely to be offered with multiple different battery sizes. The Ariya will be offered with two battery sizes as well as with single-motor front-drive and twin-motor four-wheel drive, and it is likely a similar mix will be offered on the new Mégane.

The electric motor produces 215bhp and 221lb ft with power sent to the front wheels, so Renault claims a 0-62mph time of less than 8.0sec.

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Renault calls the Mégane eVision a “dynamic hatchback” that features styling elements taken from city cars, SUVs and coupés. At 4210mm long, it’s slightly shorter than the current Mégane and the Ariya. It’s 1800mm wide and 1505mm high, while its wheelbase of 2700mm is almost identical to the Ariya’s. It weights 1650kg.

The Mégane eVision’s grille comes from the Morphoz, with narrow LED Matrix headlights that merge into a strip running across the front, surrounding an illuminating Renault logo.

Air stops built into the front bumper direct air around the wheels to increase efficiency, while the 20in wheel rims also feature aerodynamic elements taken from the Morphoz.

The Mégane eVision’s sides feature smooth surfaces, with flush electric door handles that open automatically when you approach. A rear spoiler is mounted on the coupé-esque roof to further aid efficiency and feed down to a sculpted rear with an aluminium diffuser.The show car’s roof is painted gold to give it a ‘floating’ feel.

Renault has yet to show images of the Mégane eVision’s interior, but the firm claims the EV layout has the interior space of a large saloon in a compact car footprint. It says we can expect to see a “slim and sleek instrument panel” and a new modular environment with built-in storage.

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15 October 2020

That is a very nice looking car. I hope it does not get toned down for production, unlike other electric cars such as the Honda e.

16 October 2020

Renault has been among the best for a while now.

15 October 2020
That looks great. Let's hope the interior is also good.

15 October 2020
Can not wait to see the interior of it.
Sounds like a cleverly designed car and it's good they are using the Megane name for it too as well as very clever the way they use it.

15 October 2020
As Andy_Cowe says, I hope the designers get their way and the concept goes into production.
Over to you Germany!

15 October 2020

 Ok, I'm not a lover of all things SUV, but this is quite stylish and here's a slightly off topic question, given how small they're getting, will we need a rear window?, will it be just bodywork?, maybe with a rear view Camera to replace said window?

16 October 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Ok, I'm not a lover of all things SUV, but this is quite stylish and here's a slightly off topic question, given how small they're getting, will we need a rear window?, will it be just bodywork?, maybe with a rear view Camera to replace said window?

An Autocar story earlier in the week said Renault would be previewing an electric SUV, but in this story Renault has said it is a dynamic hatchback, although including SUV styling elements. At 1505mm high, it is 5mm lower than my 2013 Suzuki Swift Sport, which is certainly not an SUV. Perhaps it is the short 4210 length compared to the current Megane that helps give proportions nearer an SUV. Hopefully we will see more models get smaller as manufacturers switch to EV to reverse the horrible trend for ever bigger cars.

15 October 2020

 Ok, I'm not a lover of all things SUV, but this is quite stylish and here's a slightly off topic question, given how small they're getting, will we need a rear window?, will it be just bodywork?, maybe with a rear view Camera to replace said window?

15 October 2020
You maybe right. But, other occupants in the car might want to look out of the rear window from time to time. Plus it might feel a little confined? Keeping to your off topic thyme, I do think wing mirrors will be replaced by cameras soon. I'm surprised Mr E Musk didn't have side cam rear views on his Teslas?

15 October 2020

Question to the forum. This article, like many featuring EV's, Hybrids and SUV's unquestionably signals the future. Are you more engaged and  enthused about these arguably more affordable daily drivers, or would you prefer the ICE fast hatchbacks, the M3's and M4's, the AMG's and the normally aspirated Porsche's of today? From reading the postings and watching what the journalists are writing about, I sense we are reaching a tipping point?

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