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Published on October 16th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair

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Renault Debut New Electric Platform on Mégane eVision Concept

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has more or less settled on their goals and vision for recovery and today we get to glimpse one of their future platforms, the CMF-EV (Common Module Family – Electric Vehicle). The CMF-EV platform will be used on electric products from all three brands. However, it looks like Renault will take the lead on this one. They showed it along with their new Renault Mégane eVision concept today.

Check out this video for more on the new platform.

More on Renault Mégane eVision

This concept will preview the next-generation Mégane, which is the brand’s C-segment entry. Apparently 95% of this Mégane eVision concept will translate to the production model. Perhaps some smaller wheels, larger wing mirrors and more realistic material choices are all that’s missing.

Renault Mégane eVision is fitted with a 60kWh battery and can take advantage of 130kW DC Fast Charging. It also features water cooling for super fast charging. Renault are giving this EV their most powerful electric motor. It can produce 160kW and 300Nm of torque.

The design is an evolution of the current Mégane along with some cues from the MORPHOS concept. The front fascia now features a slimline and vibrant LED Matrix along with a transparent charging socket that illuminates to show the charge level of the vehicle.

An interesting aspect of this concept is the two-tone paint scheme with body work in Slate Grey Matt and a roof in Gold. We wonder if the production version will go this route. Gold highlights also adorn many other parts of the car’s exterior.

Here’s the press release with more.

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PRESS RELEASE

The Renault Mégane eVision is a dynamic hatchback combining design cues inspired by city cars, SUVs and even coupes. Its muscular and low stance makes it highly aerodynamic and is finished off with detailed design elements and large alloy wheels. It previews Renault’s future family of electric cars combining character, efficiency and passenger comfort.

The Renault Mégane eVision takes the best parts of the CMF-EV platform and traditional Renault nameplate and sets it firmly in the future. The hatchback body houses one of the thinnest batteries on the market and an ultra-compact powertrain that gives an exceptionally roomy interior in a compact footprint (just 4.21 metres). The 60kWh battery ensures long driving range, while its low, aerodynamic body significantly reduces consumption. DC charging – up to 130kW – allows for faster charging. This all combines to ensure the Megane eVision delivers the kind of performance and range expected of a much larger, more expensive electric car while retaining a highly practical yet compact exterior.

Exterior

The exterior design of the Mégane eVision is a modern interpretation and reinvention of the Mégane name – and the family car more widely. It takes inspiration and details from the MORPHOZ concept car with sophisticated and aerodynamic features, combined with soft, flowing lines and precise details. The large wheels, body height and robust design are reminiscent of an SUV, while short overhangs and long wheelbase ensure a compact look, set off by a sporty spoiler and aluminium diffuser.

At the front, the Renault Mégane eVision boasts a highly sculpted design featuring air inlets located on the lower part of the front fascia, while slimline and vibrant LED Matrix lights are joined together by a 3D display. At the centre, an illuminated Renault logo highlights the electric motor, while a transparent charging socket with illumination shows the level of charge on the vehicle.

Inspired by the MORPHOZ concept, smooth, flush grilles are fitted on the lower part of the front end and on the sides of the vehicle, while side air scoops on the lower part of the front bumper create an air curtain and promote aerodynamic flow around the wheel arches.

The floating roof is finished in a unique gold colour gradient that starts from the front windscreen pillar, giving an impression of lightness, accentuating the car’s sleek profile. The highly sculpted bonnet features two air inlets, enhancing the illuminated Renault logo, 20-inch alloy wheels are finished in the shape of propellor blades.

At the rear of the Renault Mégane eVision, an assertive presence is accentuated by a light strip running the full width of the vehicle, circling the Renault logo. Crossing beams of LEDs create a shimmering effect bringing sophistication, complementing the dynamic, flowing silhouette.

The outer part of the wheel is enclosed and aligned with the bodywork for increased aerodynamics and efficiency, while also improving refinement. Shaded decorative lines echo the finish on the lower grilles at the front of the car, complemented by smooth glossy black wheel arches.

Even the Mégane script at the rear of the vehicle is unique. The graphic finish of the “e” at the end of the name is different, symbolic of its electric engine, while the E-TECH badging features the same gold colour as the roof, with black parallel lines as found on the 1972 Renault logo designed by Victor Vasarely.

The Mégane eVision is finished in a two-tone paint scheme with body work in Slate Grey Matt and a roof in Gold, bringing a vibrant touch to the brand’s traditional yellow and reminiscent of other metallic shades from previous Renault concept cars. The Gold colour is also found on the air scoops on the front bumper and brake calipers.

Interior

The interior of the Renault Mégane eVision showcases Renault’s LIVINGTECH technological ecosystem, an intuitive and smart interior environment that focuses on interacting with the passengers and catering to their needs and usage.

Before entering the vehicle, the driver is greeted by a welcome sequence and lighting signature, while new light effects appear when approaching the vehicle, bringing the contours of the vehicle to life, while the door handles emerge from the body work automatically.

Inside, the CMF-EV platform affords a spacious and modular interior, maximising space in the front and the rear with a flat floor, offering the kind of space normally expected in a much larger vehicle, but in a compact hatchback. A slim and sleek LIVINGSCREEN instrument panel is found at the front, forming part of the interior that combines design and practicality, with striking touches such as illuminated edges.

Technical

In addition to offering a wide range of highly reliable cars, the CMF-EV platform allows significant progress in the performance, range and comfort of future electric vehicles.

The lower centre of gravity improves road-holding and gives the opportunity to focus on the fun aspect of Renault’s future electric vehicles. With an extended wheelbase, a shorter steering ratio and multi-arm rear axle, the steering and frame gain extra flexibility and onboard comfort is increased.

The electric motor is one of the most powerful in the Renault range of any fuel type, delivering 160kW of power (equivalent to 217hp) and 300Nm of torque, delivering acceleration from 0-62mph in under eight seconds.

The large 60kWh battery is equipped with DC charging (up to 130kW), delivering impressive range along with fast charging and ensuring drivers are able to cover long distances with quick top-ups available when required for added convenience.

Mégane eVision in numbers

  • Length: 4,210mm
  • Width: 1,800mm
  • Height: 1,505mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,700mm
  • Wheels: 20 inches
  • Tyres: Continental 245/40 ZR 20
  • Weight: 1,650kg
  • Engine: 160kW (217hp) wound-rotor electric engine
  • Transmission: 4×2
  • Drive: Front-wheel drive
  • Charge: AC up to 22kW, DC up to 130kW
  • Batteries: 60kWh – 400V

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