Renault is determined to bet heavily on electrification in the Brazilian market. According to Renault sources, three new electric vehicles will be announced on September 5. The three vehicles must be the unprecedented Mégane E-Tech, the Master E-Tech van and the Arkana E-Tech Hybrid.
The first two models (Mégane E-Tech and Master E-Tech) will be 100% electric and will be added to the current vehicles already sold in Brazil: Zoe, Kwid E-Tech and Kangoo Electric Van. Arkana is the only one that comes with hybrid technology.
According to the Autos Segredos website, the Renault Mégane E-Tech will be the first and will arrive in 2023. According to our results, the Master E-Tech will follow the success of the Kangoo Furgão, which, despite being electric, has no technology of E-Tech (from Formula 1 cars).
Renault Mégane E-Tech will be different from the car that was sold in Brazil. Now it is a crossover SUV, it is 4.21 m long, 2.70 m wheelbase and a good trunk of 440 liters.
Mégane E-Tech has an electric motor with a power of 158 kW (215 hp) and 300 Nm of torque. The battery has a capacity of 60 kWh, which results in a range of 470 km, depending on the conditions of use.
Inside, the Mégane E-Tech has a 100% digital instrument panel and a vertical multimedia display. The steering is very modern, with a flat base and side controls. The design of the Mégane E-Tech should be pleasing, as the car is very wide, with full LED headlights and C-pillar door handles.
Renault Arkana is also very good. It is an SUV coupe with a 1.5 liter hybrid engine with a power of 143 hp and 205 Nm of combined torque. Arkana’s electric motor has 51 kW (69 hp). It can produce 20.4 km/l of petrol on the WLTP combined cycle.
The Renault Master is the best-selling car in Brazil with 5,574 sales accumulated through July. However, it still does not have an all-electric version, like its rivals Peugeot Expert and Citroën Jumpy, also French.