The Renault Mégane E-TECH Electric goes official

6 September 2021, 06:34:02

The Renault Mégane E-TECH Electric goes officialRenault's all-new Mégane E-TECH Electric is the first of its Generation 2.0 electric vehicles and marks the beginning of a new chapter of the electric revolution started some 10 years ago. Connected to and integrated into the EV ecosystem and the digital world of its users, the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric symbolizes the beginning of Renault's wining background in the compact vehicle market (C-segment).

Inspired by the MORPHOZ concept car in 2019 then heralded by the Mégane eVision show car in 2020, this compact hatchback with a sleek, elegant style goes beyond expectations. Thanks to the Alliance-developed CMF-EV platform, it rewrites the rulebook and pushes the boundaries in terms of design, footprint/habitability ratio and versatility.

Sporting Renault's new "Nouvel'R" logo, the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric personifies the brand's transformation: it symbolizes how the core of the market is being revolutionized, represents a gigantic leap forward in all aspects, and is exciting to see and to drive each and every time. It proudly stands as a uniquely technological car with the interior adorned by its crowning jewel, the OpenR screen that brings together the instrument panel and multimedia interface all within the same unit.

With the extended wheelbase (2.70 m for a total length of 4.21 m) and reduced overhang offered by the new CMF-EV modular platform, the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric displays unprecedented proportions that have given designers the opportunity to design a powerful hatch with a mastered footprint. The battery is thinner than ever (only 110 mm!) meaning designers could refine the external proportions while also boosting the car’s interior roominess vs. footprint ratio and lowering the centre of gravity for a more fun and exciting driving experience. Lastly, the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric combines a compact design with a contained height (1.50 m), and yet the considerable space inside is still clearly felt from outside the vehicle.

The All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric will be available in six elegant and eye-catching body colours: Rafale Grey, Schist Grey, Midnight Blue, Flame Red, Diamond Black, and Glacier White. For a more personal touch, it can also come in a two-tone finish by having the roof, pillars, and – depending on the chosen trim – the side mirror guards in Schist Grey, Diamond Black, or Glacier White, enabling 30 possible combinations. On the upper trim, other distinctive features include the Warm Titanium color featured on the bumpers front blade and at the rear as well as the side air-vents. This gives the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric a strong sense of character and sportiness.

Full-LED lighting in the front and back of the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric has been finely laser cut to express its modernity. Projectors are made using six reflective panels and are adaptive so it’s no longer necessary to switch between high and low-beam – it’s all automatic. The beam of light is much wider on urban roads to see more of what is happening around the vehicle and much longer for the open road and on motorways in order to see further without blinding vehicles in-front or coming in the opposite direction. The lights also adapt to changes in weather (rain, fog) via a switch located on the dashboard and serve as fog lights. Dynamic indicator lights round out the full range of ultra-modern and very stylish lighting features.

Each version of The All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric incorporates flush door handles. When the driver or front passenger approaches to open a door, or when the vehicle is unlocked, the handles hidden in the body are automatically and electronically pushed out. They pop back into place after two minutes of remaining stationary, when the car begins to move forward, or when the doors are locked.

The OpenR screen is made using reinforced glass for a more robust finish that is pleasing to touch and to look at. Screen brightness and light reflectiveness have both been optimised to ensure good visibility even in full sunlight; enhanced by the anti-reflection coat. The traditional dashboard sun guard has therefore been removed as no longer necessary, saving space and making the final look more streamline and modern.

The OpenR screen has a display area like no other: 321 cm² for the 12.3-inch dashboard screen (1920 x 720 pixels, landscape) and 453 cm² for the 12-inch multimedia screen (1250 x 1562 pixels, portrait). The on-board digital interfacing therefore measures a total of 774 cm², unlike any other vehicle in the category, more in line with the much larger top-end sedans! The entry level model features a 9-inch multimedia screen (1250 x 834 pixels, landscape).

The OpenR screen incorporates state-of-the-art technology for a smooth and immersive experience. In particular the latest-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with multiple display capabilities, advanced connectivity with USB-C ports, and essential technology for on-board safety and ADAS (e.g., 3D Around View Monitor). As for on-board software, the new OpenR Link system with Google built-in, for an intuitive and optimized connected experience.

The OpenR Link system is powered by Android Automotive OS which is based on Android OS, the same operating system used to run more than 75% of smartphones around the world. Developed by Google, the software is open source, scalable, and always up to date. Just like when using a smartphone or tablet, OpenR Link updates automatically, via FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air) technology.

New generation MULTI-SENSE settings, first seen on the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric, and the OpenR Link multimedia interface mean drivers can adapt the sensations of being on the road and in the car to their personality or mood. They can be accessed via the OpenR touch screen, or a brand-new button located on the steering wheel.

In addition to the two Arkamys sound systems that come as standard on the entry- and mid-level trims, the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric features a brand-new Harman Kardon top-of-the-line sound system on the premium trim (optional extra on mid-level). The design behind this latest system was a central part the work that went into the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric because the goal was to give all occupant the same, exceptional musical experience. With a total power of 410 W, it has no less than 9 audio channels: two tweeters on the sides of the dashboard, two woofers in the front door pannels, two tweeters and two woofers in the rear door pannels, and a subwoofer located in the boot.

The engine on the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric is brand new. Developed within the Alliance, it is utilised by the various partners with little to no modifications. Made at two different sites: in Japan for Nissan; and in the Cléon factory in France for Renault.

Known more specifically as the electrically excited synchronous motor (EESM), it has been consistently used by Renault Group and the Alliance for the past ten years and will continue to serve the brand in the future. It boasts better power output compared to permanent magnet motors and doesn’t require rare earth metals, thereby reducing the environmental impact and cost of large-scale production.

Thanks to its optimised design, the engine is compact and only weighs 145 kg (clutch included), that is 10% less than the engine currently used on ZOE, despite a marked increase in both power and torque. Each All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric will be fitted with one of following: 96 kW (130 hp) + 250 Nm and 160 kW (218 hp) + 300 Nm.

It offers all the joys of driving an electric car, in particular the instant acceleration, that is as dynamic as it is smooth (no jolting). It takes the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds.

Much like its new power train, the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric also has a brand new 395kg battery designed to fit perfectly on the CMF-EV platform. At 110mm (for 1 960mm length and 1 450mm width) – 40% smaller than the ZOE battery – it is the thinnest on the market. It contributes to lower the total height of the vehicle at 1,50m for better aerodynamism and efficiency.

In order to attain such a compact size, engineers had to turn to a new chemical make-up for its batteries with the lithium-ion NMC (Nickel, Manganese, Cobalt) batteries by LG, that have more nickel and less cobalt for greater energy density. Reaching 600 Wh/L, it is 20% more than the ZOE. They also benefit from a new liquid coolant system located in the battery’s lower housing unit – a Renault first – that makes the battery more compact and efficient thanks to the die cast aluminium tubes. Measuring only 18mm high, it makes fitting the battery pack on the platform much easier, leaving more room for overall design and space.

The All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric comes with a choice of two battery capacities: 40 kWh for a range of 300 km (WLTP cycle) and 60 kWh for a range up to 470 km (WLTP cycle, depending on each version).

The 40-kWh battery is made of 8 modules of 24 cells each, distributed over a single layer. The 60-kWh battery consists of 12 modules of 24 cells each, spread over two layers. In both cases, the battery’s dimensions remain unchanged, including the record height of 110 mm. They come with an 8-year guarantee. In this interval, they will be replaced free of charge if they deteriorate to less than 70% of their nominal capacity.

The All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric is compatible with all AC charging infrastructure: from domestic socket (10A/2.3kW single-phase) to public charging stations (32A/22kW triple-phase) recoving on the latter up to 160km within an hour. Depending on the version, it can also be compatible with DC charging infrastruture up to 130 kW (combo sockets CCS) charging infrastructures, such as fast charging stations on motorways. With DC 130kW, the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric recovers up to 300km WLTP in just 30 min.

Renault sets a new beginning with the strategic choice to manufacture the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric in France, at the Douai factory, located in the heart of ElectriCity, Europe’s leading EV hub. Renault ElectriCity will soon be Europe’s largest and most competitive centre for electric vehicle production. Located in the north of France, it is ideally located at the heart of market demand.

Unveiled as a world premiere at the 2021 IAA Mobility in Munich, the All-new Mégane E-TECH Electric is now available for pre-orders. Orders will open in February 2022 with sales beginning the following March.

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