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New Megane E-Tech has style


The new Renault Megane E-Tech.

The new Renault Megane E-Tech.

The new Renault Megane E-Tech.

IF you’re a Renault fan, the 100 per cent electric All-New Mégane E-Tech will be one to watch out for and if you’re not you could be easily converted to this stunning new machine.

The All-New Renault Mégane E-Tech is the first of a new generation of electric vehicles built on the advanced CMF-EV platform, styled within the brand’s ‘sensual tech’ design language and the first model to wear the new ‘Nouvel’R’ logo.

With an electric driving range of up to 450km (WLTP), the All-New Mégane E-Tech also features a class-leading digital experience with a 12.3-inch dashboard display, 9-inch multimedia display, and Android Automotive OS with integrated Google services.

The All-New Mégane E-Tech is a car of purposeful proportions. An extended wheelbase with reduced overhangs, a thinner-than-ever battery, and alloy wheels up to 20 inches in size combine with the high waistline and coupe-like styling to deliver a powerful stance that marries beautifully with its generous cabin space.

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From the full LED lighting with exquisite laser-cut detailing and eye-catching new light signature, to the flush electric door handles that glide out automatically as the driver approaches, the All-New Mégane E-Tech draws heavily on the world of high-tech and hi-fi design as a representation of a more technological age.

Electric by nature, the All-New Mégane E-Tech offers driver and passengers alike an obstacle-free environment with exceptional comfort and state-of-the-art technology.

Inspired by the world of fine home furniture, the All-New Mégane E-Tech uses unusual or recycled materials to create a welcoming and homely feel. The dashboard is topped with a textile finish, while the seat upholstery on mid-range Techno models and above is 100% recycled.

Powered by the latest-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the high-resolution 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster combines with the 9-inch OpenR infotainment display to deliver an unprecedented connected experience.

An innovative Google Electric Route Planner takes the worry out of long journeys by planning an optimal route, suggesting compatible charging points along the way and constantly updating the route according to the vehicle’s actual energy use. The system will even warn the driver should a proposed charging station be out of order prior to arrival and its compatibility to the car.

Through the My Renault app, customers can maintain a permanent connection with their Mégane E-Tech with a wide variety of functions, such as remote activation of air conditioning or cabin heating with no impact on vehicle range while still plugged-in, schedule charging times, pay automatically when using compatible charging stations, and more.

Powered by a new 160 kW electric motor with 300 Nm of torque and four levels of regenerative braking, the All-New Mégane E-Tech takes the joy of driving an electric vehicle to new heights.

The new motor is particularly compact and weighs only 145 kg. In the Mégane E-Tech, the new traction motor is capable of accelerating from 0-101km/h in just 7.5 seconds, but is also capable of remarkable efficiency, consuming just 16.1 Wh per 100km.

The All-New Renault Mégane E-Tech is fitted with a host of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as standard, from automatic emergency braking with junction assist that can detect pedestrians and cyclists, to emergency lane keeping assist with oncoming traffic and road-edge detection.

Prices and a launch date have yet to be announced.

Rise in Green car sales goes on at a pace

Electric Vehicle, Plug-in Hybrids and Hybrids continue to increase their market share, with a combined market share now of 42.49%, according to the latest figures from the SIMI.

Petrol continues to remain dominant with 28.22%, Diesel accounts for 26.87%, Hybrid 22.50%, Electric 12.96% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 7.03%.

The SIMI says new car registrations for June were down 22% (2,154) when compared to June 2021 (2,762). Registrations year to date are up 2.1% (65,176) on the same period last year (63,853) and are 19.3% behind (80,758) that of pre-Covid levels.

Used car imports for June (4,346) have seen a decrease of 22.8% on June 2021 (5,629). Year to date imports are down 32.6% (24,112) on 2021 (35,753).

Brian Cooke, Director General SIMI said that despite pent-up demand following two years of interrupted business, new car sales continue to drag due to supply constraints. ‘While the supply issues will start to unwind in the short term, we now have the spectre of inflation and global political uncertainty.’

Despite these issues feedback from retailers is that July will be very busy.