New Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid: Everything you need to know

Date Posted 19th August 2021
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Renault have pulled the curtains back on the new Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid, adding to the choice of electrified versions in the model range. The new launch complements the existing Sports Tourer version which is available with the advanced powertrain.

The Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid impresses with enhanced efficiency, alertness, and performance. With fuel economy at the forefront, the new Megane performs with low CO2 emissions and no impact on acceleration or drivability.

Two well-equipped trim levels will be available; the Iconic E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto and the sporty R.S. Line E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto. Easy Link navigation and infotainment system, plus a host of advanced driver assistance systems and features come as standard on both trims.

Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid Exterior

Whether customers opt for the elegant Iconic or the sporty R.S. Line specification, the new hybrid truly stands out amongst its rivals. Punctuated by its distinctive signature LED lighting, clean lines and defined features, the new Megane is designed with aesthetic appeal.

The sophisticated appearance of the Iconic is generated by such standard features as its C-shaped LED daytime running lights, 16-inch ‘Impulse’ diamond-cut alloy wheels finished in subtle Slate Grey, chrome detailing on the door handles and tinted windows. The glass of the rear doors and tailgate is even darker for optimum style and comfort.

Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid offers great fuel economy.

The R.S. Line version provides the new Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid with a distinctive look that hints at its responsive performance. It sets off the smooth five-door hatchback design with exclusive body-coloured R.S. Line bumpers and 17-inch ‘MONTHLERY’ diamond-cut alloy wheels.

As with the rest of the Megane range, the new hybrid version features a handsfree key card. This unlocks the vehicle on approach, and automatically locks when the driver leaves the vehicle, with no need to touch the door handle.

There are 10 different body colours to choose from, including Flame Red, Iron Blue and Titanium Grey.

Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid Interior

Inside, the new Megane has a unique space and cockpit. It combines refinement, sophistication, and technology, as well as all the space that a family requires to travel in complete comfort.

In addition to seating for five, the interior offers 308 litres of boot space. This extends to over 1,200l when the standard 60:40 split rear seat is fully lowered. There’s also a choice of eight ambient lighting colours via the standard Multi-sense system.

Megane Hatch E-Tech interiors are comfy and packed with tech.

The new hybrid’s all-electric capability is highlighted with the EV mode button on the dashboard and E-Tech badge on the flying centre console with e-shifter gear selector.

The Iconic trim has a leather steering wheel, brushed aluminium finish on the instrument, and door panels and Black Velvet trim. 

The R.S. Line adds extra sportiness to the elegant interior. It includes the R.S leather steering wheel, gear lever gaiter with red-top stitching and R.S Line dashboard and trim. The front seats are Sport items with built-in headrests. All the seats are covered in R.S. Line Black fabric upholstery with distinctive red stitching.

Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid Technology

All of the new Megane E-Tech models are equipped with an electronic parking brake, and Hill Start Assist. Also included is Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-Skid Regulation (ASR), and Understeer Control Logic (UCL).

Alongside the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) there are features to make every day driving easier. There’s cruise control with speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors, and Renault’s Visio system too. This incorporates lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high/low beam headlights.

R.S. Line models are further equipped with the Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS), a rear parking camera, and hands-free parking. Drivers are adequately assisted with parallel, oblique and bay parking spaces.

You can expand on the specs, depending on the model you choose. You can choose adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert. Plus, Renault’s popular Traffic Jam Companion that includes Stop & Go and Lane Centring.

Megane Hatch E-Tech specs will help you choose electrical.

Rounding out the safety credentials are a full suite of airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors in the outer rear seats.

Both models provide two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone integration. All of which is accessible through its 7-inch touchscreen display. In the R.S. Line, drivers and passengers can enjoy accessing these features through an even larger 9.3-inch touchscreen.

Iconic and R.S. Line models both benefit from a clear and crisp 10-inch TFT cluster display. This enhances the level of easily accessible information with minimal distraction. In addition to key vehicle information such as speed and fuel economy, a full-screen 3D navigation mode is also available.

Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid Powertrains and Driving

Renault’s E-Tech hybrid powertrain technology is a result of the company’s storied participation in Formula 1. The subject of more than 150 patents, the technology now forms the backbone of Renault’s comprehensive electrification strategy.

In the new Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid, the technology uses an efficient, naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine combined with two electric motors. The main e-motor produces 65hp while a smaller secondary motor serves as a high-voltage starter and generator, together delivering an extra 205Nm of torque when required.

The system switches imperceptibly between petrol and electric power as road conditions dictate, and with the hybrid technology automatically selecting the most efficient use of power, the new Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid can achieve fuel economy of up to 235.4mpg (WLTP) while emitting only 28g/km of CO2 (WLTP).

Efficiency is not delivered at the cost of performance. The hybrid powertrain can deliver a combined output of 160hp. This is more powerful than the previous diesel and petrol-only variants. It’s also capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in just 9.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 109mph.

When can I lease the new Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid?

The new Renault Megane Hatch E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid is available to order now, with first deliveries taking place in September 2021. Priced from £29,495.