Munich Motor Show: Renault’s new all-electric Megane crossover

Irish buyers will get their chance to buy an all-electric Megane in the second half of next year

The Megane E-Tech is ditching the hatchback and saloon bodywork

The Megane E-Tech is ditching the hatchback and saloon bodywork

 

Having already shown it off 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 Megane, shown off at the IAA motor show in Munich.

The Megane E-Tech (not to be confused with the current Megane E-Tech, which is a plugin-hybrid version of the familiar hatchback Megane) is ditching the hatchback and saloon bodywork that has been a staple of the Megane name since 1995, and instead gains a moddish crossover shape.

It’s also, as the E-Tech name suggests, all-electric. While there will be bigger-battery versions to follow, at first the Megane E-Tech will come with a 60kWh battery that will give it a one-charge range of 467km, which puts it into direct competition with the mainstream versions of VW’s ID.3, and ahead of the likes of the Citroen e-C4.

The Megane E-Tech will also come with very rapid charging as standard, able to take in a 130kW charging speed (fractionally ahead of the ID.3’s 126kW) which, says Renault, will allow you to top up the battery from flat to 80 per cent in about 30mins - assuming you can find a fast-enough charging point.

Power, initially, comes from a single 215hp electric motor, driving the front wheels. Again, other versions - both lower-power, more affordable models, and a sportier Alpine-badged Megane - will be along in due course.

While the switch to a crossover body might be a bit of a shock to some traditional Megane buyers (let alone the switch to all-battery power - there won’t be any internal combustion-engined models) Renault has kept things conservative. While this new Megane E-Tech is certainly handsome, it’s not out of line with the likes of the current Captur, Arkana, nor Clio in its styling.

The roomy interior gets two massive screens - a horizontal one for the instruments, behind the slim, slightly-squared-off steering wheel, and an equally big vertical one in the centre of the dash for the infotainment system.

The roomy interior gets two massive screens
The roomy interior gets two massive screens

That infotainment setup comes with a plethora of native, connected apps, including Google’s Play Store.

Renault has thankfully kept a few physical controls for climate and heating. Meanwhile, the vast, minimalist dash in front of the passenger gets a warm, fabric covering rather than plain old plastic.