New Renault Megane eVision spied testing for the first time

7 March 2021 - autocar

New Renault Megane eVision spied testing for the first time

Bold electric crossover, Renault's first model on new bespoke EV platform, due to go into production later this year

The Renault Mégane eVision, the firm's first dedicated electric SUV and set to enter production this year, has been spotted testing on public roads for the first time.

The French firm revealed the boldly styled machine in concept form last year, with company boss Luca de Meo promising it was "95% what the production car will look like".

That is confirmed by the first spy shots of the Volkswagen ID 4 rival testing on public roads. Although the machine is wrapped in a camouflage livery, the narrow front headlights can be seen, and the machine also sits on large wheels. The cover of the electric charging port is also visible on the passenger-side A-pillar.

The side profile shows the crossover styling of the car, which de Meo said at the launch is intended to "reinvent the classical hatchback in an emotional way".

The Mégane eVision will be Renault's first EV built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's new CMF-EV platform, which will also be used for the forthcoming Nissan Ariya SUV. The concept version featured a 60kWh battery offering a 280-mile range, and a 215bhp electric motor driving the front wheels. As with the Ariya, the Mégane eVision will likely be offered with different battery sizes and with a twin-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain.

The Mégane eVision will be a key part of a major Renault Group transformation plan outlined by de Meo recently, with the firm committed to expanding its electric line-up and regaining ground in the profitable C-segment market.

The use of the Mégane name is designed to help link the new model to past Renault machines, and it will be sold alongside the unrelated current combustion-engined Mégane.

The Mégane eVision is set to be produced at Renault's Douai plant in France, alongside the reinvented electric 5 hatchback that the firm recently unveiled.

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