Turning point: the Renault Mégane ceases to be manufactured and gives way to the electric Mégane E-Tech

Four generations and 27 years of history will soon end with the cessation of production of a historical model. The Renault Mégane, a truly iconic name in the diamond brand, will cease to occur both in Palencia (Spain) and in Bursan (Turkey), to make way for an electric car that inherits its name but changes its philosophy. The electrification of the Renault Group has been put on the table with the latest Renaulaution plan, but deeds are always more important than words.

The fourth generation of the Renault Megane It was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, and its marketing began in the summer of the following year. It was available in two body types, the traditional five-door and the family. In some markets it is also marketed in a sedan variant. Its manufacture was assigned to the factories of Palencia, in Spain, and Bursa, in Turkey. Before the RenaultSport division was renamed Alpine, a high-performance version was also derived from the Mégane. The Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R managed to break the record for the fastest lap of a front-wheel drive car at the Nürburgring circuit in 2019.

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The vitaminized version of the Mégane: Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R.

Recently, Renault began to electrify this model, eliminating the gasoline and diesel versions in favor of a plug-in hybrid with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine supported by two electric motors with which it reaches a power of 160 hp.

Historically, worldwide, the Mégane has been one of the models that has contributed the most to Renault’s global sales volumes, reaching 168,000 units in 2017 and reaching 70,000 in 2021. According to figures from carsalesbase.comIn 2004, Renault sold 465,778 units of the Mégane worldwide, making this its best year in terms of sales figures.

As reported Coachits production will cease and, although both models will coexist in the French manufacturer’s offer, the Mégane’s successor is a 100% electric car from the C segment. The Mégane E-Tech has been conceived in a similar way, looking for the same type of customer, although with a design that brings it closer to the SUV format than that of a conventional tourism.

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Renault Megane E-Tech plug-in hybrid saloon.

The Renault Mégane E-Tech is based on the same electric modular platform CMF-EV than the Nissan Ariya, its technology partner in the Alliance. In 2024, Renault has already announced the launch of a slightly larger electric SUV, although technically very similar, which will inherit the name of another icon among the diamond models, the Scénic.

The new platform is reflected in the vehicle’s design. With a wheelbase of 2.70, and the size of a compact SUV, 4.21 meters, much more interior space is achieved than in previous generations. By reducing the engine compartment, the overhangs can be much shorter. In turn, with a very narrow engine it is possible to fit larger diameter wheels without sacrificing the turning radius.

For now, the Renault Captur, a compact SUV, will be the one that occupies the role of the Mégane in the C-segment of gasoline, flanked below by the Renault Clio and above by the Renault Arkana.

The electric Renault Megane E-Tech arrives in Spain.
The Renault Mégane E-Tech will coexist in the commercial offer with the combustion engine, but it will end up replacing it completely later.

a turning point

Models like the Renault Mégane or have been stalwarts in the automotive landscape for 27 years. The cessation of its brand production ushered in the automotive industry into a different era. It was Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault, who decided to name it Megane, showing that there is no going back to internal combustion. The best-selling model of the brand, its icon for years, becomes an electric car and only electric: there is no doubt about the manufacturer’s intentions.

In addition, the Megane E-Tech is a very important car for Renault to justify selling electric vehicles at a higher price. To do this, it needs to offer a new design, a higher quality of finishes and construction and provide it with new technologies. It is a model promoted by the new leadership of Luca de Meo, who pushed everything he could so that the production model was as similar as possible to the exhibition model.

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