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Renault’s new all-electric Mégane crossover

Having already shown it both in concept form last year and earlier this year in a camouflage wrap, here is arguably the most important new Renault of the next decade – an all-electric Mégane, shown at the show. of the IAA Munich automobile.

The Mégane E-Tech (not to be confused with the current Mégane E-Tech, which is a plug-in hybrid version of the familiar Mégane sedan) abandons the hatchback and sedan bodywork that has been a staple of the Mégane name since 1995 , and instead gain some form of moddish crossover.

It is also, as the name E-Tech suggests, all electric. While there will be bigger battery versions to follow, initially the Megane E-Tech will come with a 60 kWh battery that will give it a range of 467 km on a single charge, which puts it in direct competition with the consumer versions of the VW ID. 3, and ahead of the likes of the Citroën e-C4.

The Mégane E-Tech will also come with very fast charging as standard, capable of absorbing a charging speed of 130 kW (fractionally ahead of the 126 kW of the ID.3) which, according to Renault, will allow you to recharge the vehicle. battery dies at 80 percent in about 30 minutes – assuming you can find a point of charge quickly enough.

Power, initially, comes from a single 215 hp electric motor, driving the front wheels. Again, other versions – both less powerful and more affordable models and a sportier Megane with Alpine badge – will be in the game in due course.

While the switch to a crossover body might come as a bit of a shock to some traditional Megane buyers (not to mention the switch to battery power – there will be no internal combustion engine models), Renault has kept cautious things. Although this new Mégane E-Tech is certainly beautiful, it is not out of step with the tastes of the current Captur, Arkana or Clio in its style.

The spacious interior receives two massive displays – one horizontal for the instruments, behind the slim, slightly square steering wheel, and an equally tall vertical in the center of the dashboard for the infotainment system.

The spacious interior receives two massive screens

This infotainment setup comes with a plethora of native and connected apps, including the Google Play Store.

Renault fortunately kept some physical controls for the climate and heating. Meanwhile, the expansive minimalist dashboard in front of the passenger is covered in warm fabric rather than regular old plastic.

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