Renault Australia has announced details of its all-new Renault Megane E-Tech, the
French company’s first fully-electric compact to arrive on the local market.

Under what Renault has tagged a ‘Renaulution’ the Megane E-Tech is the first of a
new generation of electric vehicles to be built on the brand’s advanced CMF-EV
platform and styled within its new ‘sensual tech’ design language.

As well as being emission-free the E-Tech comes with improved sustainability
features including an electric motor containing no rare earths and the use extensive
recycled material throughout including recycled aluminium body panels.

The Renault Group has a global target of 33-percent of all materials used in vehicle
production to be recyclable by 2030, and the company to be carbon neutral by 2040.

Already over 90-percent of the Megane E-Tech is recyclable with over 28kg of
recycled plastics and fabrics are used in the dashboard, centre console, headrests
and floor mats.

The dashboard is topped with a recycled textile finish, while the seat upholstery is
100% recycled.

Megane E-Tech is compatible with AC charging up to 7.4kW and DC fast charging
up to 130kW. Overnight charging from zero to 100 percent overnight using a
standard 7kW Wallbox, while a charge from 15-80 percent can be done in around 30
minutes using 130kW public fast charging infrastructure.

Driving range is listed at up to 454 kilometres (WLTP).

Megane E-Tech has extended wheelbase over the outgoing models for extra interior
space with reduced overhangs and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Six colours will be available: Rafale Grey, Shadow Grey, Solid White, Diamond
Black, Flame Red, and Night Blue. There is also a choice of a body-coloured or
contrasting roof design in either Diamond Black or Shadow Grey, depending on the
body colour chosen.

The infotainment system combines a 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument
cluster with the 9.0-inch OpenR central display. Wireless smartphone charging and
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, and also wireless.

Powered comes from a new 160kW electric motor with 300Nm of torque and four
levels of regenerative braking. It weighs just 145kg and is capable of accelerating
from 0-100kmk in just 7.4 seconds, consumes just 16.1 kWh per 100km at the
socket, for a claimed consumption of 15.6kWh per 100km.

The 60kWh battery is just as innovative. At only 110mm it is one of the thinnest on
the market, meaning the centre of gravity is lower and the car is more agile, giving a
dynamic driving experience. Weight is evenly distributed thanks to the battery being
housed under the whole floor plate.

There are four drive modes: from Sport, Eco, Comfort and Custom.

Safety features include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with automatic
emergency braking with junction assist that can detect pedestrians and cyclists.

There is also to emergency lane keeping assist with oncoming traffic and road-edge
detection, traffic sign recognition, hill start assist, driver drowsiness alert, distance
warning alert and adaptive cruise control.

Renault Megane E-Tech is available to order, priced from $64,990 plus on road

All model specification information is available at or at your
local Renault Dealer. Full details including equipment and technical specification are
listed below.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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