Renault is well aware that the automotive industry is on the cusp of entering a new era.
The present includes the pressing necessity of placing ever-increasing and more decisive bets on eco-friendly models of automobiles.
This has also given a facelift to one of the most illustrious names associated with the diamond brand, one of the brand’s main selling points.
As a result, at Motorbli, we will conduct an in-depth analysis of the electric Renault Mégane E-tech, with which they intend to lead the new generation of electric and compact vehicles coming out of France over the long term.
In the following paragraphs, we will examine everything that it offers the user and how it differs from its legendary ancestor.
Following the comprehensive introduction that is provided at the beginning of each post, it is now time to get down to business and begin discussing the Renault Mégane E-tech electric in terms of its exterior design, mechanical structure, interior equipment, price, and some of the products that can be considered to be its “competitors” on the market.
In the design, some differences can be appreciated compared to its predecessor from the previous generation.
These differences include the presence of smaller headlights, an extension further down the lights with new headlights that coexist with the main, and changes in its silhouette that can be seen from behind as well as from one of the sides.
On the other hand, it keeps the appearance of its front, which is worthy of an SUV because it possesses full character and consistency.
It is constructed on the CMF-EV platform, identical to the one that underpins the Nissan Ariya, and serves as the basis for its construction.
The following is a rundown of its dimensions: 4.21 meters in length, 1.78 meters in width, and 1.50 meters in height.
To this number must be added a wheelbase measurement of 2.70 meters, which is seven centimeters longer than the Captur and three centimeters longer than the previous generation of the Megane.
However, some aspects could have been improved, such as the size of the rear window, which is very small and can significantly impair the driver’s visibility while behind the wheel.
These are just two examples of the details that could have been improved.
The overhangs are very brief, and the wheels, which are accompanied by alloy wheels measuring 20 inches, are positioned at the vehicle’s extremities.
The trunk’s opening is located at a significant height, more specifically, almost at the same level as the hip.
As a result, it can hold approximately 440 liters of luggage or other goods. Another novel and exciting feature are that it comes with optional 3D taillights.
All of this is because, and the brand has confirmed this, the company’s goal is to create vehicles that are as aerodynamic as possible.
If that weren’t the case, it would be difficult to explain the presence of certain elements, such as the front air intake that emits a jet by the front wheel and the flush handles seen in the front door and camouflaged in pillar C.
If that weren’t the case, it would be difficult to explain the presence of certain elements.
There is a choice of six different colors for the body, including zinc gray, slate gray, night blue, red desire, gloss black, and glacier white.
In addition, you can order roof and mirror housings that contrast with one another when you place your order.
The previously mentioned CMF-EV platform can store an ultra-thin battery with a capacity of 60 kWh and a compact electric motor with a power output of 160 kW.
The Renault Megane e-tech is offered in two distinct power configurations: on the one hand, there is the 96 kW (power of 130 hp) EV40 version that is capable of covering 300 kilometers between charges by the WLTP cycle, and it can be powered as standard (up to 7 kW) or boost (up to 22 kW in alternating current and 85 kW in direct current).
According to the official data, it has a top speed of 150 kilometers per hour and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in eleven seconds.
Additionally, it has a maximum acceleration of eleven seconds.
On the other hand, there is the EV60, which has a power output of 160 kW (220 hp), a maximum torque of 330 Nm, and a homologated range of up to 450 kilometers in electric-only mode.
A supercharging option with up to 7 kW of power and an optimal charging option with up to 22 kW of power are both available with this model, just as they are with the other model.
However, it does have a significant benefit to offer, and that is the fact that a direct current of up to 130 kW can be used with it in either scenario.
This is a significant advantage. Its performance rises to 7.4 seconds when it comes to acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h, and the same with its top speed thanks to its 160 km/h. Both of these figures are comparable to its top speed.
Regarding its suspension, it must be mentioned that it is subject to a McPherson scheme for the front and that the rear is equipped with a multi-link axle that is very worked by.
Because of where the batteries are located, the device’s center of gravity is lower—more specifically, about nine centimeters lower.
Because of this, the driver and passengers will have the impression of being more down to the ground than the Megane that came before it.
When talking about everything included in its cabin, the first thing that should be mentioned is that the user is given a choice between four different trim packages.
These packages are Equilibre, Evolution (which has not yet arrived but will arrive later), Techno, and Iconic.
The first of all includes seven airbags, one of which is located in the front center, ESP with Hill Holder, ISOFIX anchors, lane assist, distance keeping alert, Bluetooth, manual climate control, manual box, fatigue detector, LED headlights, and fog lights, assisted emergency braking, ambient lighting, SOS call, digital radio with dual USB, speed limiter, rear parking sensor with camera, OpenR Link system connected to a 9. 3″, hands-free card, Smartphone Replication, and multifunction steering wheel.
In addition to everything that was mentioned previously, the Techno comes with heated seats, an induction charging socket, dual-zone climate control, a center console with an armrest, a dual USB rear, a photosensitive mirror, adaptive fog lights, a traffic sign reader, high beams that activate automatically, a navigator with a 12-inch screen, Full LED taillights with the 3D above, an air purifier, electrically folding mirrors with memory, a driving mode selector, light and rain.
Last but not least, the Iconic comes with seats that massage the occupants, front parking control, windows that darken, and premium audio equipment.
QuantumLogic TM 3D surround technology was installed by Harman Kardon, as well as wheels made of diamonds, bumpers with specific golden details, two-tone paint, a TEP dashboard, and leather upholstery.
Because the instrumentation and the digital dashboard appear inside the vehicle, Renault refers to them as the Opener unified screen.
This is consistent with the trend that can be seen in models that are currently being released onto the market.
However, this does not have the desired look because there is an air outlet between the two that separates them.
This is the main reason why this does not have the desired look. As a result, the device has a display size of 12.3 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels.
The information is presented in a minimalist and cartographic format (Design Driving counters) and a charging status counter (Design Zen).
It is also important to note that the size of the center screen can range from 9.3 inches (on the Equilibre) to 12 inches (as is the case with the other three), with the first screen having a resolution of 1250 x 834 pixels and the second screen coming in a vertical orientation and being able to boast a solution that is encrypted in 1250 x 1562 pixels.
Both screens are placed in a horizontal arrangement.
OpenR Link software is modeled after Android Automotive OS, which is used by the processor Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Gen 3.
As such, it incorporates services provided by Google, including Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play, even though it is compatible with Apple CarPlay.
It has become possible for the driver and the co-driver to have more recesses to store their objects and belongings thanks to the relocation of the knob that is used as a gear selector and the location of the knob that is enabled for the driving modes.
Four distinct driving modes are available: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and MySense.
To wrap up this discussion on interior equipment, it is essential to point out that the fabric upholstery is made from entirely recyclable material.
This extends to the numerous plastic elements that are present in the cabin, including those located in the lower part of the instrument panel and on the dashboard.
In addition, the French company will guarantee that you will be able to recycle 95% of the vehicle once it has reached the end of its useful life.
The Renault Megane E-tech electric has a starting price of 35,200 $ as its base price.
It was also important to note that beginning in September 2021, the user will have access to the diamond brand’s online booking platform with the ability to make a refundable deposit of one hundred dollars.
The base price of the EV60 model is 40,200 $, and it can go up to 47,700 $ if it has the Iconic finish and can carry the maximum load.
Following this in-depth examination, the next step is to proceed further and conduct a quick comparison of its performance with that of a car that is very similar to it.
Because of the significance of this event, we decided to go with the Volkswagen ID.3, which went into production in 2019.
This compact vehicle, which belongs to the C segment, has a range that can be anywhere from 330 to 550 kilometers between charges, depending on the version you choose to purchase.
Because of this, its content is greater than that of Renault.
As a point of interest, in contrast to the majority of other automobiles, it does not have a front grille. Matrix LED headlights can be purchased as an optional extra, though.
It has a trunk capacity of 385 liters, which places it below the French car and also yields in terms of power and acceleration, as the most advanced version, the ID.3 Pro Power Pro, offers 204 horsepower of power, even though its acceleration is the same as its 7.5-second sprint from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour.
The interior’s digital devices are not as noticeable, as evidenced by the central screen of the dashboard with its 10 inches, and the finishes of the materials have not been perfected as much to reduce costs. This can be seen in the video.
As a direct result, its starting price of 31,840 $ is significantly lower than its competitors’ prices.
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