Renault Australia has confirmed the Megane E-Tech, a pure electric compact crossover that combines breakthrough design, an exhilarating drive, and a reimagined in-car experience, is headed down under.
Built on an advanced CMF-EV platform and styled within the brand’s new ‘sensual tech’ design language, it’s good for a driving range of up to 454km. With a focus on sustainability, its electric motor contains no rare earth materials.
Likewise, the use of recycled aluminium panels and extensive recycled material throughout further enhances its environmental credentials. It’s also powered by a 160kW electric motor, with 300Nm of torque and four levels of regenerative braking.
It’s capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 7.4 seconds, and is efficient enough to claim consumption of 15.6kWh/100km. The 60kWh battery can be recharged via a simple domestic socket, a 7kW wall box, and public charging stations offering AC power.
You can also use DC fast-chargers up to 130kW. The latter permits up to around 300km of range to be recovered in just 30 minutes. Riding on 20-inch alloy wheels, the Megane E-Tech features full LED lighting with exquisite laser-cut detailing.
Flush electric door handles that glide out automatically as the driver approaches with the key card add a modern touch. It’s available in Rafale Grey, Shadow Grey, Solid White, Diamond Black, Flame Red, and Night Blue.
You can choose body coloured or contrasting roof designs in either Diamond Black or Shadow Grey, depending on the colour chosen.
Inside, the interior is inspired by the world of fine home furniture, with the dashboard topped with a recycled textile finish. The seat upholstery is 100 per cent recycled as well, but it’s the technology that stands out the most.
Powered by the latest-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the high-resolution 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster combines with the 9-inch OpenR infotainment display to deliver an intuitive and connected experience.
Wireless charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone replication allow the driver to stay connected at all times, and to seamlessly plan their journeys via various smartphone applications, without needing a cable.
Driving modes include Sport, Eco, Comfort, and Perso. The interior ambient lighting can be set to automatically change colour throughout the day with its ‘living lights’ functionality, or the driver can set it to one of the 48 available lighting colour options.
Safety is a standout, with automatic emergency braking with junction assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection, emergency lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, hill start assist, driver drowsiness alert, distance warning alert and adaptive cruise control.
A smart rear-view mirror uses a camera located at the top of the rear window to display a real-time view of the road behind. Additionally, Renault is building a unique ‘human first’ safety program.
Working specifically with various fire and rescue departments from around the world has led to a number of specific innovations on the Megane E-Tech, including fireman access, which provides water access to the battery, and QRescue.
The latter is a QR code which provides immediate access to the vehicle’s technical information. The suite of unique tech is wrapped up with SD switch, which provides the ability to disconnect the battery from the high voltage electrical network.