Renault unveiled a sizeable battery-electric crossover SUV concept on Thursday based on the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance’s new CMF-EV modular EV platform.
The platform underpins the upcoming Nissan Ariya and will also produce a production version of this Megane eVision concept around 2021. While we won’t see the Renault in the US, Nissan has confirmed the Ariya for local sale from late 2021.
According to Renault, the Megane eVision is a reinvention of the compact hatchback, meaning something more versatile like an SUV and zero emissions. However, the production version is not expected to directly replace the Megane hatch. Instead, it could point to an expanded Megane family that includes a high-powered electric vehicle in addition to the existing hatch, sedan, and wagon body styles.
The Megane eVision also signals the styling direction for future Renault electric vehicles. Think big wheels, deeply sculpted surfaces, and lots of LEDs. Interestingly, the way the daytime running lights reverse around a body color-matched panel seems to have been inspired by the design of the latest Chevy Silverado.
Renault Megane eVision concept
The concept envisions a 60 kilowatt hour battery, which Renault says is thinner than any EV battery currently in production. The battery sits deep in the ground and powers a single electric motor on the front axle that has an output of 217 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than eight seconds.
The concept measures just 165 inches in length, making it perfect for the city. Because of its small size, it also weighs relatively light – for an electric vehicle – 3,630 pounds. By comparison, Nissan’s Ariya is a more formidable 182.9 inches in length, despite being rated for a 90 kWh battery.