The 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech is now available for purchase in one Techno EV60 specification with a 60kWh battery pack starting at $64,990, including on-road costs. The delivery of goods to customers will start in early 2024, following delays that were revealed by Renault’s Australian distribution partner, Ateco, in July.
“This is Renaulution in action” according to Glen Sealey, GM Renault Australia, stating “dynamic proportions, a fun and efficient driving experience, remarkable levels of safety and comfort and a commitment towards a sustainable future. We are excited to bring Megane E-Tech to Australia and usher in a new era in the automotive industry.”
Renault describes its Megane E-Techas as an SUV, however, its proportions are closer to a hatchback, with a low 1500mm roofline and a shorter 4200mm body. The Megane E-Tech is pitched as an EV with more luxury features over its competitors, the MG 4 and Cupra Born hatches. It’s similar in comparison to the Polestar 2 sedan and the Tesla Model 3. Its 440L boot is a good option and comes with an impressive 454km WLTP claims in a globally extremely high-end trim that has 20-inch alloy wheels and a 9.0-inch touchscreen.
2024 Renault Megane E-Tech Release Date & Price
In 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech is expected to be available in Australia toward the end of the year. Pricing will begin at $70,000. The Megane E-Tech is an extremely significant vehicle for Renault. Although its initial EV model, the Zoe was a toe that was dipped into the water, the most recent CMF-EV-powered car propels the long-running Megane brand to the future.
In an interview with the journalists, Glen Sealey, Renault Australia’s general manager confirmed that the Megane E-Tech will be available at the end of this year, priced at around $70K including road costs. It will be available in one, high-spec version that has a 450-kilometer of WLTP range, powered by a 60kWh battery. It’s offered in lower versions in Europe with the same battery size, however, Renault intends to make the range as simple in Oz.
Renault does not have ambitions to beat Tesla from the leading position in the Australian market for EVs. Apart from confirming several thousands of expressions of interest Renault Australia declined to provide any information on the first supply. The Megane E-Tech is only the first step in the journey of electric vehicles for Renault. It will be then followed by a smaller model that is currently referred to under”the Renault 5 concept, and the smallest SUV, dubbed the 4. Aussie plans haven’t been confirmed for the vehicles however, we could be seeing them in 2024 or 2025.
While the Megane E-Tech appears medium-sized SUV-sized in photos, it’s not. With a length of 4.2 meters, the Megane E-Tech is similar to an MkV Volkswagen Golf in exterior dimensions. Consider it the reverse Hyundai Ioniq 5 in this sense. It has a lengthy wheelbase, however, with 2685 millimeters of space between the axles a height of 1505mm, and only a tad taller than a standard hatchback.
The boot space is spacious and at the 440L (VDA) it’s in line with smaller SUVs like Kia Seltos and Nissan Qashqai. Kia Seltos or Nissan Qashqai. In the Megane Etech’s development weight-saving is an important factor, which is why a completely new rear hatch design was designed. The result is a 1711 kg curb weight.
Charge, Range, and Powertrain
The Megane E-Tech is available front-wheel drive with a single motor that produces 160kW/300m to enable the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h with a time of 7.4 seconds. The bigger CMF-EV-based Nissan Ariya is available with twin motors and the smaller Megane is front-drive only.
A small 60kWh battery that was designed by Renault and manufactured through LG Chem – measures 11cm thick and weighs 395kg. It comes with the Megane E-Tech with 450km of WLTP driving range with an estimated power consumption of 16.1kWh/100km. In other markets, you can purchase the cheaper 40kWh battery and a motor with 96kWE; both aren’t available for Oz.
Utilizing a 400-volt design, this E-Tech’s DC charger can be set at 130kW, allowing for a 10 to 80 percent charge (equivalent to 350km of driving range) within 30 minutes. AC power can be used at 7 kW. Renault is currently looking at charging options for home use in the launch of the E-Tech. It will also provide installation of wall boxes for homes (at the expense of the purchaser) through Renault’s eighty-eight Australian dealers. Additional details, including the pricing and specifications, will be announced in the weeks leading up to Megane’s E-Tech announcement in the fourth quarter of the year.