Renault readies all-electric Mégane

Renault readies all-electric Mégane

French car maker Renault has revealed pre-production versions of its Mégane eVision concept, which will pave the way for the electric Mégane. First revealed last year, the eVision is the foundation stone on which Renault will develop the all-electric Mégane E-Tech or, more neatly, the MéganE.

When it finally arrives in mass production form, that car will have a 215bhp electric motor and a maximum range of up to 280 miles. Based on Renault’s CMF-EV platform, it will join the smaller Zoe hatchback and a range of vans among Renault’s electric offerings. Compared to the current Mégane hatchback, the prototype adopts a more SUV-like stance, similar to that of the Peugeot 3008, recognising the growing trend for taller, more muscular vehicles.

For the time being, though, Renault is building 30 preproduction cars to test on the open road this summer. The finalised design will be put through its paces to ensure it meets Renault’s requirements for handling, performance and comfort, all under the cover of a tailor-made ‘dazzle camouflage’ paint job.

Renault has not confirmed exactly when the new MéganE will arrive in the UK, but it’s expected in 2022. Prices are anticipated to far exceed the internal combustion-powered model’s starting price of £23,260 in diesel guise, with experts suggesting that Renault will want to get the pure-electric car down to around £31,000, once the £2,500 government grant has been deducted.

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