2022 Renault Megane eVision electric car revealed: price, specs and release date
New Renault Megane eVision small SUV will usher in a new generation of pure-electric Renaults...
On sale: Autumn 2022 | Price from £26,000 (est)
The new Renault Megane eVision is the French firm’s first electric SUV, joining the range as a bigger, more family-friendly companion to the Zoe small hatchback. And, given that the Zoe is among our favourite small electric cars, expectations are high.
Although its look will change subtly on its journey from concept car to something you can buy, design elements that include its closed-off front grille, LED lights that run the full width of the car and cameras in place of traditional door mirrors could well appear on the final version.
2022 Renault Megane eVision performance and range
With rivals that include the Peugeot e-2008, Hyundai Kona Electric and class-leading Kia e-Niro, the Megane eVision finds itself up against some very strong competition, but Renault has certainly given the car a fighting chance.
A single 215bhp electric motor sends its power to the front wheels and is fed by an ultra-thin 60kW battery pack. This can be charged at rates of up to 130kW, meaning a 0-80% charge should take as little as 30 minutes. Renault hasn’t revealed the Megane eVision’s range, but we’d expect it to be able to travel for at least 200 miles between charges. For reference, the Hyundai Kona Electric currently tops our Real Range test by being able to travel for 259 miles between charges in real-world conditions.
2022 Renault Megane eVision interior and space
We’re yet to see inside the car, but we do know that it features a large infotainment screen that can be updated wirelessly so new features and upgrades can be unlocked without drivers having to visit a dealer. Renault also says that, because there’s no bulky engine to accommodate, the Megane eVision provides maximised space for both passengers and luggage.
2022 Renault Megane eVision price
Prices won’t be revealed for some time, but we’d expect the Megane eVision to slot in between the current Kadjar and Koleos, costing around £26,000 before the government’s £3000 grant for electric cars priced at less than £50,000 is taken into account. That price would make the Megane eVision more expensive than the Peugeot 2008, but a comparative bargain next to the more expensive e-Niro and Kona Electric.
Renault says the Megane eVision is only the first in a new range of bespoke electric vehicles – meaning cars that will be available in fully electric form only. Given that the underpinnings that the Megane eVision sits on are capable of supporting far larger cars, it’s easy to imagine family-sized and large electric SUVs with Renault badges on their bonnets appearing in the near future.