French car manufacturer Renault has unveiled the Mégane eVision, a dynamic hatchback features one of the thinnest batteries on the market and a new ultra-compact powertrain offering more roominess.
Over the last few years, cars have moved on to a whole new level. Where once they were a simple means of transport, now they have become a shared-mobility solution with more and more onboard connected technology. Renault has long been aware of this shift, and earlier this year, designed a new and innovative concept called Renault Morphoz – a versatile, modular and autonomous electric concept car which underlines the new forms of mobility.
Today, Renault is writing a new chapter in the history of the brand with the Mégane eVision – an innovative show-car that combines design cues inspired by city cars, SUVs and even coupes. Its muscular and low stance makes it highly aerodynamic and is finished off with detailed design elements and large alloy wheels. It previews Renault’s future family of electric cars combining character, efficiency and passenger comfort.
The 60kWh battery ensures long driving range, while its low, aerodynamic body significantly reduces consumption. DC charging – up to 130kW – allows for faster charging. This all combines to ensure the Megane eVision delivers the kind of performance and range expected of a much larger, more expensive electric car while retaining a highly practical yet compact exterior.
The exterior design of the Mégane eVision is a modern interpretation and reinvention of the Mégane name – and the family car more widely. It takes inspiration and details from the MORPHOZ concept car with sophisticated and aerodynamic features, combined with soft, flowing lines and precise details. The large wheels, body height and robust design are reminiscent of an SUV, while short overhangs and long wheelbase ensure a compact look, set off by a sporty spoiler and aluminium diffuser.
At the front, the Renault Mégane eVision boasts a highly sculpted design featuring air inlets located on the lower part of the front fascia, while slimline and vibrant LED Matrix lights are joined together by a 3D display. At the centre, an illuminated Renault logo highlights the electric motor, while a transparent charging socket with illumination shows the level of charge on the vehicle.
Inspired by the Morphoz concept, smooth, flush grilles are fitted on the lower part of the front end and on the sides of the vehicle, while side air scoops on the lower part of the front bumper create an air curtain and promote aerodynamic flow around the wheel arches.
The floating roof is finished in a unique gold colour gradient that starts from the front windscreen pillar, giving an impression of lightness, accentuating the car’s sleek profile. The highly sculpted bonnet features two air inlets, enhancing the illuminated Renault logo, 20-inch alloy wheels are finished in the shape of propellor blades.
The outer part of the wheel is enclosed and aligned with the bodywork for increased aerodynamics and efficiency, while also improving refinement. Shaded decorative lines echo the finish on the lower grilles at the front of the car, complemented by smooth glossy black wheel arches.
At the rear of the Renault Mégane eVision, an assertive presence is accentuated by a light strip running the full width of the vehicle, circling the Renault logo. Crossing beams of LEDs create a shimmering effect bringing sophistication, complementing the dynamic, flowing silhouette.
Even the Mégane script at the rear of the vehicle is unique. The graphic finish of the “e” at the end of the name is different, symbolic of its electric engine, while the e-Tech badging features the same gold colour as the roof, with black parallel lines as found on the 1972 Renault logo designed by Victor Vasarely.
The Mégane eVision is finished in a two-tone paint scheme with bodywork in Slate Grey Matt and a roof in Gold, bringing a vibrant touch to the brand’s traditional yellow and reminiscent of other metallic shades from previous Renault concept cars. The Gold colour is also found on the air scoops on the front bumper and brake callipers.
The interior of the Renault Mégane eVision showcases Renault’s LivignTech technological ecosystem, an intuitive and smart interior environment that focuses on interacting with the passengers and catering to their needs and usage.
Before entering the vehicle, the driver is greeted by a welcome sequence and lighting signature, while new light effects appear when approaching the vehicle, bringing the contours of the vehicle to life, while the door handles emerge from the bodywork automatically.
A slim and sleek LivingScreen instrument panel is found at the front, forming part of the interior that combines design and practicality, with striking touches such as illuminated edges.