The 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech is now available to 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 announced by the company’s Australian distribution partner, Ateco, in July.
“This is Renaulution in action” as stated Glen Sealey, GM Renault Australia, and added “dynamic proportions, a fun and effective drive, amazing levels of safety and comfort as well as a strong commitment towards a sustainable future. We are excited to bring Megane E-Tech into Australia and to usher in a brand new era in the automotive industry.”
Renault describes its Megane E-Tech as an SUV, but its proportions are more of a hatchback. It has a low 1500mm roofline and a shorter 4200mm body. The Megane E-Tech is pitched as an EV with more luxury features over those of the MG 4 and Cupra Born hatches. It’s similar in cost in comparison to the Polestar 2 sedan and Tesla Model 3. The boot’s 440L capacity is a good value, and it has a decent 454km WLTP range in what is an overall high-end trim that features 20-inch alloy wheels as well as a 9.0-inch touchscreen.
2024 Renault Megane E-Tech Release Date & Price
In 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech is expected to be arriving in Australia toward the final month of the year, and prices will start at $70,000. The Megane E-Tech is an extremely significant vehicle for Renault. Although its initial EV car, the Zoe was just a toe into the ocean the most recent CMF-EV model is a major step forward for the longest-running Megane brand to the future.
In an interview with the journalists, Glen Sealey, Renault Australia’s general manager, said that the Megane E-Tech is expected to arrive during the 4th quarter of this year. It will cost around $70K, excluding road costs. It will be available in a single high-specification version, which has the WLTP driving distance from the 60kWh battery. It’s available in lower versions in Europe with the same battery size, however, Renault intends to simplify the range in Oz.
Renault does not have ambitions to beat Tesla out of the first 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 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech is only the beginning of the electric journey that Renault is taking. It will be later followed by a smaller version which is now known as “The Renault 5 concept, and an SUV-sized vehicle called the 4. Aussie plans haven’t been confirmed for these vehicles as of yet however, we could be seeing them in 2024 or 2025.
While the 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech appears medium-sized SUV-sized in the photos, it’s not. It measures exactly 4.2 meters long and 4.2 meters wide, it is comparable to an MkV Volkswagen Golf in exterior dimensions. Consider it as a reverse Hyundai Ioniq 5 in this sense. It’s got a long wheelbase, however, with 2685 millimeters of space between the axles and a height of 1505mm the car is only a tiny bit larger than a standard hatchback. The boot space is spacious with 444L (VDA) it’s comparable to small SUVs, like that of the Kia Seltos or Nissan Qashqai. In the 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech design weight-saving was the main goal, which meant an entirely new rear hatch design was created. The result is a 1711 kg Kerb weight.
Charge, Range, and Powertrain
The 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech is available front-wheel drive with a single motor that produces 160kW/300m of power to achieve 0-100km/h with a time of 7.4 seconds. The larger CMF-EV-powered Nissan Ariya is available with twin motors and the smaller Megane is front-drive only. A compact 60kWh battery that was designed by Renault and constructed with LG Chem – measures 11cm thick and weighs 395kg. It is equipped with Megane E-Tech with a 450km WLTP-compliant driving range with a rated usage of 16.1kWh/100km. In other markets, you can purchase an affordable 40kWh battery pack and 96kWE motor, both aren’t available for Oz.
Utilizing a 400-volt design, this E-Tech’s DC charger can be set at 130kW. This is enough for a 10 to 80 percent charge (equivalent to a range of 350km) within 30 minutes. AC electricity is available at 7 kW. Renault is currently looking at charging solutions at home for the launch of E-Tech and will provide the installation of home wall boxes (at the cost of the purchaser) made through the 38 Australian dealers. Additional details, including the specifications and pricing, will be made available in the weeks leading up to Megane’s E-Tech announcement in the fourth quarter of the year.