The new Renault Megane Electric Exterior Design

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Post by Rob » Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:14 pm

Leveraging the power of a platform designed for EV models, the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric leads the way for the fundamentally electric ‘sensual tech’ design language that will imbue the new model with an elegant yet powerful character. Inside, record spaciousness and renewed ergonomics combine to give passengers a better experience.

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Standing as the first model of the new generation of Renault’s EV native cars, the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric is also the first model to bear the brand’s new ‘Nouvel’R’ logo. The disruptive design goes against the grain of what traditional compact saloon cars look like, giving the model stronger character, but also better aerodynamics and economy. It also incorporates more technological elements as well as others that draw heavily on the world of high-tech and hi-fi design (vent grilles, laser engraving on lower door protection)

With the extended wheelbase (2.70m for a total length of 4.21m) and reduced overhang offered by the new CMF-EV modular platform, the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric features a battery that is thinner than ever (only 110mm) allowing the designers to refine the external proportions while also boosting the car’s interior roominess vs. footprint ratio and lowering the centre of gravity for a more exciting driving experience.

Features directly inspired from the world of crossovers give a sense of robustness: large 20-inch wheels, protective strips on the lower body and wheel arches, and a high beltline. The line of the roof, wide tracks, and flush door handles feel more like a coupé. The height, spaciousness, and boot volume are reminiscent of traditional hatchback models.

For its launch, the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric will be available in six elegant and eye-catching colours: Rafale Grey, Schist Grey, Midnight Blue, Flame Red, Diamond Black, and Glacier White. For a more personal touch, it can also come in a two-tone finish with the roof, pillars, and – depending on the chosen trim – the side mirror guards in Schist Grey, Diamond Black, or Glacier White, enabling 30 possible combinations.

The vehicle sits proudly atop its 20-inch wheels (18-inch for the entry-level model) and comes with a choice between two 20-inch wheels and two 18-inch options.

Equipped with high-tech lights and new light signature, the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric comes to life when you approach it, displaying a unique welcome sequence that is enhanced by a string of light and sound effects.

Full-LED lighting at the front and back of the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric has been finely laser cut to express its modernity. The car features a brand-new lighting signature with ‘electrifying’ patterns that cross over to the central logo. At the front, daytime running lamps appear to extend beyond the projectors and continue their path up to the side air vents on the shield. At the rear, numerous laser-cut micro-optic fibres laid in criss-crossing lines create an intriguing 3D-like shimmer effect. In addition to the elegant indicators, the brake lights are displayed in two clear lines, much like a ‘pause’ sign.

The projector headlamps are made using six reflective panels and are adaptive so it’s no longer necessary to switch between high and low-beam – it’s all automatic. The beam of light is much wider on urban roads to see more of what is happening around the vehicle and much longer for the open road and motorways. The lights also adapt to changes in weather such as rain or fog via a switch located on the dashboard and serve as fog lights. Dynamic indicator lights round out the full range of ultra-modern and stylish lighting features.

The All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric automatically detects when the person holding the car’s key card is within one metre of the car. The vehicle then sets off a light sequence where the headlamps light up starting in the middle, then moving out before fading to black on the daytime running lamps with the indicators on. At the rear, the light strip and lamps light up while the indicators flash. The welcome sequence finishes with two lights mounted on the wing mirrors projecting the new Renault logo on the ground, showing the path leading to the vehicle.

Each version of the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric incorporates flush door handles. When the driver or front passenger approaches, or when the vehicle is unlocked, the handles hidden in the body automatically glide out. They pop back into place after two minutes of remaining stationary, when the car begins to move forward, or when the doors are locked.

The welcome sequence comes to an end when the driver sits in the driver’s seat. The OpenR screen with dashboard displays and multimedia screen turns on displaying the logo and brand name. Ambient lighting illuminates the cockpit while the speakers play a brand-new Renault audio cue rounding out the welcome sequence.

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