2022 Renault Megane E-Tech Electric spy shots: Nissan Ariya's French cousin coming soon
The funky Renault Megane eVision concept car from last fall is currently out testing in production guise, and Renault on Thursday confirmed the vehicle as the Megane E-Tech Electric.
It will go on sale in markets where Renault operates starting in 2022, and bring with it a new logo for the French brand. The teaser shot below shows the rear of the vehicle and the new logo.
A teaser showing the interior also hints at what's likely to be a digital dash, with a digital screen serving as the instrument cluster and a second screen as the infotainment hub.
The Megane E-Tech Electric is a compact crossover based on the CMF-EV modular platform for future battery-electric vehicles from the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance. We'll see the platform debut locally in the Nissan Ariya small crossover due out later this year as a 2022 model.
The Megane E-Tech Electric can best be described as a tallish hatch, similar to the recently revealed Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Chevrolet Bolt EUV. The taller height is due to a raised floor holding the battery, which in the original Megane eVision concept is a 60-kilowatt-hour unit. Expect something similar for the production version.
Looking again at the specs of the concept, expect a single electric motor at the front axle generating approximately 217 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque.
The length of the vehicle should be about 165 inches, making it similar in size to the current Megane hatchback. The vehicle isn't a replacement for the current Megane, however. Intead it forms part of an extended Megane family.
The Megane E-Tech Electric isn't the only EV that we know is in the works at Renault. The French automaker is also developing a subcompact hatch previewed by the 5 Prototype unveiled in January and billed as the spiritual successor to the classic R5 (known as the LeCar in the U.S.).