Renault continues to electrify in its range, introducing Megane for the first time with a plug-in hybrid version.
Recently the French company unveiled the E-Tech Hybrid versions of Captur and Clio. At the same time Renault is also preparing the purely electric version of the smaller Twingo. As far as the megane hybrid plug-in is concerned, it will be offered with a more practical estate -station wagon- bodywork.
Megane E-Tech consists of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, two electric motors, a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. It also has a multi-mode gearbox, i.e. the same technology as the plug-in hybrid Captur.
According to Renault, the total power of the new Megane E-Tech is 160 horsepower. But only using electricity will it emit zero pollutants and can move for 50 km. with a maximum speed of 135 km/h on a motorway and 65 km/h within the city.
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The new Megane E-Tech has three driving options, Pure, MySense and Sport. The first will allow electricity-only traffic, as long as the battery is charged. The second concerns the hybrid system for lower operating costs.
Through the special E-Save function it will be able to save at least 40% of the battery power. The Sport program will now give maximum power, utilizing the capabilities of both the petrol engine and the electric motors.
Renault also made some subtle changes to Megane’s exterior and interior. There are different air intakes on the front bumper and new 16 and 18-inch wheels. LED Pure Vision headlights are now standard while the three new shades of Solar Copper, Baltic Grey and Highland Grey were added to the body palette.
Inside, the biggest change is the replacement of the analog-digital instrument panel that is now digital with a 10.2-inch display. The central touch screen is 9.2 inches for the multimedia system, while the center console and new wallpapers are slightly diversified.
Megane’s facelift debut will take place at the Geneva Motor Show, with its sales starting in Europe from next summer.