Renault Megane E-Tech electric crossover debuts September 6 at IAA Munich Motor Show

It was mid-October 2020 when Renault signaled its intentions towards coming out with a compact crossover riding on a dedicated electric platform. The Megane eVision concept was followed last month by a thinly covered pre-production prototype, and now we finally know when the road-going model is set to make its world premiere.

Debuting September 6 at the IAA Munich Motor Show will be the Megane E-Tech, essentially Renault’s version of the Nissan Ariya as both ride on the same CMF-EV architecture. Even though it will be unveiled this fall, the zero-emissions crossover won’t be going on sale until 2022 when it will join the Twingo and Zoe electric city cars.

Renault will have a heavily electrified portfolio at the show in Munich as the Megane E-Tech will be joined by a prototype of the hotly anticipated R5 as well as the company’s current crop of E-Tech hybrid models. In addition, the Mobilize sub-brand will have its own section at the newly designed “Renault studiault” booth.

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Additional details about the new EV crossover have not been disclosed, but we do know it will be initially offered with a single electric motor producing 217 hp (160 kW). The Megane E-Tech will incorporate a 60-kWh battery with enough juice for 280 miles (450 kilometers) of range in the WLTP cycle.

Time will tell whether Renault will use the beefier dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup of the more expensive Ariya versions, which also get a larger 91-kWh battery. The high-end Nissan model offers a meaty 389 hp (290 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in as little as 5.1 seconds.

The Megane E-Tech, Renault 5, and the revival of the Renault 4 will help the French brand achieve its ambitious goal to mostly sell electric vehicles by the end of the decade. According to the firm’s updated EV target, 90% of sales will be represented by vehicles without a combustion engine by 2030.

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Source: Renault

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