Electric “Captur” is a box of surprises – Observer


The Mégane eVision is neither more nor less than the reinvention of the segment C hatchback in the muscular body of a segment B crossover, being exclusively powered by electricity. Or, to put it another way, it is a tram equivalent to Captur, in terms of exterior dimensions, but with a habitability superior to that offered by the current combustion Mégane. It was presented as show car, but with the guarantee – given by the CEO of the Renault Group, the ex-Seat Luca de Meo – that the model it will give rise to will have little difference compared to the unit that has just been revealed and that the Renault boss himself assumes to have “futuristic” links.

Renault’s first model based on the Common Module Family – Electric Vehicles (CMF-EV) platform, developed in conjunction with Nissan – and which the Ariya debuts – is 4210 mm long, 1800 mm wide and 1505 mm high. That is, it is 2.7 cm shorter than the Captur, 3 mm wider and 7.1 cm shorter. To get a sense, the Mégane eVision seeks to position itself as a “dynamic saloon” for giving the appearance of a coupé SUV, being 6.3 cm lower than the new Volkswagen ID.3 and only 5.8 cm higher than the present-day Mégane – with Renault clearly looking for a compromise between a desirable aesthetic and more streamlined aerodynamics.

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Inspired by the Morphoz concept – which had the particularity of stretching and shrinking -, from which it inherits from the lid of the load socket illuminated to the grid and the powerful luminous signature that will start to give “face” to the future models of the brand, the Mégane eVision takes full advantage of the potential offered by the new platform. And this is particularly evident in the data announced for the wheelbase of 2700 mm, a value that exceeds both the 2639 mm of the Captur and the 2669 mm of the Mégane, but which, even so, is lost to the Nissan Ariya (2775 mm ). However, this does not prevent Luca de Meo from claiming an incomparable habitability for the future series production model compared to what has existed on the market so far.

The promised habitability and modularity of the future model will be the result of both the fact that the architecture allows a flat floor (eliminating the traditional transmission tunnel), or the batteries have the particularity of being “ultra-thin”. According to Luca de Meo, the pack it has a capacity of 60 kWh, but only 11 cm thick, which, according to the CEO, “is the lowest value on the market”. This will explain the fact that the weight, compared to the plug-in hybrid Captur, only increases by 11 kg (1650 kg vs 1639 kg). However, the new platform also has the advantage of allowing cells to be “arranged” in the most diverse ways and, above all, integrating them as a structural element, which means that the accumulators also start to absorb energy in the event of a lateral impact, minimizing thus the impact of the shock.

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Like the Captur, its future battery counterpart will also be proposed initially with front-wheel drive, although the platform allows to mount an electric motor on the rear axle and offer all-wheel drive, similar to what the Nissan Ariya proposes. However, it is relevant to note that, although the two Aliança trams mount a 160 kW (218 hp) and 300 Nm engine, which weighs 145 kg, Nissan’s powered by a 63 kWh (useful) accumulator and o Renault for a 60 kWh battery (not specified if this is the gross or useful capacity), provisionally announce a very different range.

While the front-wheel drive Ariya with that battery covers 360 km between recharges, Luca de Meo said that the Mégane eVision would make 450 km, according to the European WLTP consumption and emissions measurement protocol. This points to a brutal difference in terms of consumption, of 13.3 kWh / 100 km for the French compact crossover versus 17.5 for the Japanese crossover. In addition, the Renault Group CEO now opens the possibility for the autonomy to be extended later in other versions. And this hypothesis, again, meets the Nissan alternative, which sets the maximum range of the Ariya at 500 km, in the version with front-wheel drive, 242 hp engine and battery with 87 kWh useful (90 kWh gross capacity) .

Like the Ariya, the Mégane eVision also accepts fast charging up to 130 kW, with de Meo ensuring that half an hour is enough to put enough energy in the battery to cover another 200 km. In alternating current, the Renault handles powers of up to 22 kW (three-phase) or 7.4 (single-phase).

The final version, which, as we mentioned, will have few differences in relation to this show car, will be unveiled next year, so that production starts in late 2021, in France.


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