Renault Megane hybrid: E-TECH drivetrain comes to hatch and estate

30-mile electric range and 30g/km CO2 emissions for latest addition to Renault's line-up of electrified 'E-TECH' models

Renault Megane hybrid

Renault has confirmed a five-door hatchback version of the Megane E-TECH plug-in hybrid will join the already-on-sale estate model in the range in 2021.

Unlike the Renault Clio E-TECH, the electrified Megane is a plug-in hybrid. The 158bhp drivetrain combines a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with a 9.3kWh battery for a 9.8-second 0-62mph time.

Driving on electric power alone is possible at speeds up to nearly 85mph and Renault expects the Megane to be able to travel for 30 miles in pure-electric mode before the petrol engine has to be called on. Three driving modes are available: 'MySense' (which automatically mixes electric and engine power for the best efficiency), 'Pure' (which keeps the car in purely electric mode for as long as possible) and 'Sport' (which offers maximum power at the expense of some efficiency).

Official testing says the Megane E-TECH will emit 30g/km of CO2 and return 217mpg fuel economy in estate form. It's likely that the slightly lighter hatchback will improve on these numbers a little. In the estate, the addition of the hybrid system reduces boot volume from 580 and 1,504 litres respectively with the seats up and down, to 434 and 1,427 litres respectively.

Renault Megane E-TECH hybrid: trim levels and specifications

Like the petrol and diesel-engined Meganes, the E-TECH hybrid is available in Iconic and R.S. Line trim levels, priced at £30,685 and £32,685 respectively in estate form. Exact UK pricing for the hatchback has yet to be confirmed, but it should be slightly cheaper than the estate in both cases.

Iconic includes full LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control with a speed limiter, lane-departure warning, traffic-sign recognition, auto-dipping headlights, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, power-adjustable heated and folding door mirrors, electric windows front and rear and automatic dual-zone climate control.

R.S. Line upgrades the wheel size to 17 inches and adds sporty front and rear bumpers, R.S. Line black fabric upholstery with red stitching R.S. Line dashboard trim, an R.S. leather steering wheel and a 10.2-inch driver information display (up from seven inches on the Iconic).

Enhanced driver assistance systems on the revised Megane include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, improved blind-spot warning and driver drowsiness detection.

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