Inspired by the Morphoz concept car in 2019, the all-new Renault Megane E-Tech electric car has finally made its world debut at the ongoing IAA Munich Mobility Show 2021.
The all-new Mégane E-Tech Electric will be the first model to be 100% ‘Made in ElectriCity’, Renault Group’s new industrial hub located in the North of France.
First model with ‘Nouvel R’ logo
Standing as the first model of the new generation of Renault’s EV native cars, the Mégane E-Tech Electric is also the first model to bear the brand’s new ‘Nouvel’R’ logo.
With the extended wheelbase (2.70m for a total length of 4.21m) and reduced overhang offered by the new CMF-EV modular platform, the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric features a battery that is thinner than ever (only 110mm).
Exterior highlights include large 20-inch wheels, protective strips on the lower body and wheel arches, a high beltline, wide tracks, and flush door handles.
For a more personal touch, it can also come in a two-tone finish with the roof, pillars, and – depending on the chosen trim – the side mirror guards in Schist Grey, Diamond Black, or Glacier White, enabling 30 possible combinations.
Equipped with high-tech lights and new light signature, the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric comes to life when you approach it, displaying a unique welcome sequence that is enhanced by a string of light and sound effects.
At the front, daytime running lamps appear to extend beyond the projectors and continue their path up to the side air vents on the shield.
At the rear, numerous laser-cut micro-optic fibres laid in criss-crossing lines create an intriguing 3D-like shimmer effect. In addition to the elegant indicators, the brake lights are displayed in two clear lines, much like a ‘pause’ sign.
The lights also adapt to changes in weather such as rain or fog via a switch located on the dashboard and serve as fog lights. Dynamic indicator lights round out the full range of ultra-modern and stylish lighting features.
Interior space and comfort have been increased thanks to the absence of a drive-shaft tunnel, gear stick and control panel usually integrated on the centre console.
The brand-new OpenR single screen combines the digital instrument panel and central console multimedia screen.
The ‘instrument panel’ section of the OpenR screen accommodates four different driver displays according to their priorities: driving layout, navigation layout, zen layout, and battery layout.
100% recyled material inside
While the upholstery on the entry trim level is made entirely out of 100% recycled materials, the boot boasts a total volume of 440 litres while the charging cables have their own 22-litre storage area accessible via a removable boot floor panel.
Boot capacity can be increased with the rear seats folded down in a 60:30 format and the front passenger seat folded up.
The central armrest can slide back and forward to offer a convenient storage space housing two USB-C ports and a 12V socket. Two more USB-C ports for 2nd row passengers are located behind the armrest.
The mood lighting in the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric is full LED and based on the human body’s natural 24-hour circadian cycles to optimise the well-being of those on-board
With its brand-new motor delivering up to 160kW with 300Nm of torque and four levels of regenerative braking, the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric is offered in two guises – 130hp and 250Nm, or 218hp and 300Nm – taking the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds.
There is a choice of two battery capacities: 40kWh for a range of 299 km and 60kWh for a range of up to 468 km.
In terms of safety, there are 26 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) on the All-New Mégane E-Tech Electric are divided into three categories: driving, parking, and safety.
BMW Group Malaysia today announced that they have received 64 pre-booking registrations for the BMW iX which was launched just five days ago, coinciding with Malaysia’s 64th National Day.
In line with the overwhelming response, the exclusive pre-booking advantage which was initially announced only for the first 50 customers has now been increased to 100.
In case you’re wondering what the advantage is, the first 100 customers to pre-book the BMW iX xDrive40 and iX xDrive40 Sport will receive an exclusive pre-booking advantage comprising a Complimentary Charging Installation and a Complimentary 1-year Public Charging Access, available until 22nd September 2021, terms and conditions apply.
From RM4,888 per month
Priced between RM435,800 and RM493,400, the BMW iX xDrive40 and the iX xDrive40 Sport can be owned with a booking fee of RM5,000, and a monthly instalment plan starting from RM 4,888.00 and RM 5,478.00 respectively (based on estimates of an 80% loan on a five-year tenure).
Owners can enjoy battery warranty of up to eight years or 160,000km, whichever comes first.
“We are pleased to see Malaysians take a bold step in choosing sustainable mobility as part of their lifestyle, which underlines our belief that the future is in fact electric.”
“We have long committed to shape the future of mobility in the country, and we will confidently continue to cultivate the shift towards electromobility further by accelerating the availability of charging infrastructures in Malaysia and rapidly expanding the BMW i dealer network in key cities nationwide,” said Hans de Visser, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia.
Powered by the fifth generation BMW eDrive technology that comprises two electric motors, the iX xDrive40 is capable of kicking out 326 PS and 630 Nm of torque, enabling it to accelerate from naught to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 200 km/h.
On the exterior, the iX is about the same size as the current X5, stands as tall as the X6, and features the same wheel dimensions as the X7. At the centre of the front end stands the new controversial kidney grille.
Inside, the cabin is designed to be as minimalist as possible, with an exceptionally large panoramic glass roof, no centre tunnel, and a centre console crafted to look like a piece of furniture.
Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant features are standard for the iX xDrive40, whereas the Sport variants arrive with the Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus. The Sport variants are also exclusively equipped with Harman Kardon surround sound systems.
Additionally, the vehicle will also feature the very first BMW IconicSounds Electric – developed in collaboration with world-famous composer and Academy Awards winner, Hans Zimmer.
Genesis recently revealed a few exterior and interior images of the GV60, the brand’s first electric vehicle based on dedicated EV platform.
The GV60 is based on its dedicated EV platform known as E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform), marking the brand’s move towards electrification.
While the “G” in GV60 represents Genesis, the “V” represents the vehicle’s versatility.
The number ‘60’ on the other hand, is the lowest in the Genesis lineup and comes as the brand evolves its model-naming scheme to fit their unique design identity of ‘Athletic Elegance.’
On the exterior, we have the ‘Two-Line’ Quad Lamps, and a wide Crest Grille placed below the lights to increase the cooling efficiency of the high-voltage batteries in the underbody.
The GV60 will also see a new wing emblem applied to the grille, with thickness of the emblem reduced by nearly 80 percent from previous models.
In addition, Genesis has opted for a ‘Clamshell Hood’ for the first time, a single panel which combines the hood and fenders, creating a sleek impression for the EV model by removing lines between the parts.
The chrome line flowing from the windshield to the top of the Daylight Opening (DLO) window extends to a C pillar-garnish design that embodies the image of ‘electric’, adding a distinctive characteristic to the EV model.
Digital side mirrors are connected to the camera and monitor system. Meanwhile, an electric door handle enhances a strikingly futuristic image by automatically popping up when you approach the car.
At the rear, the GV60 features Two Line rear combination lamps, and a fixed rear wing spoiler to accent a coupe-shaped roof.
The most noticeable feature in GV60’s interior design is the Crystal Sphere, a sphere-shaped Shift By Wire (SBW) that intuitively informs drivers when the vehicle is ready to drive.
When the vehicle is turned off, the Crystal Sphere becomes the vehicle’s mood lights, adding to the aesthetic of the driving experience.
When you’re ready to drive, the sphere rotates and the SBW appears, creating an indoor atmosphere of futuristic mobility.
The Crystal Sphere
The Crystal Sphere is not just a key element of the interior design, but also provides emotional connection with driver while indicating driving status.
The floating console, where the Crystal Sphere is located, looks as if it is hovering in the air, working with other unique features such as the slim cockpit and flat floor to provide passengers with a maximum level of openness.
The crash pad inside the GV60 is designed in a wide and slim shape to augment the pleasant interior, emphasizing a high-tech atmosphere with a wide-screen integrated indicator (cclC, connected car Integrated Cockpit) that connects with the cluster and AVNT (audio, video, navigation, telecommunication).
The GV60 has also epitomized the uniformity of interior design by applying circular details to Crystal Sphere, the horn cover, door handles, and side mirror controllers.
That being said, the technical details of the Genesis GV60 are yet to be revealed, so watch this space for more updates as we draw closer to the official reveal.
The Renault Zoe E-Tech has set a new hypermiling record by covering a phenomenal 765 km on a single charge.
Mission Motorsport, which aids in the recovery of those who have been affected by Military Operations by providing opportunities through motorsport and the automotive industry, broke the Renault Zoe hypermiling record by 765 km after its team drove the all-electric car for more than 24 hours at Thruxton Race Circuit.
565 km record broken
The original record of 565 km was set in France in 2018 on the Paris Peripherique, but the Mission Motorsport team, consisting of veteran beneficiaries, military spouses and a hypermiling expert, took the record on June 10th after an excellent display of deft driving on the UK’s fastest racetrack.
Using its endurance motorsport experience, the team managed to achieve 14.7 km per kilowatt hour, while averaging a remarkably restrained optimum speed of 19 mph.
Two cars, completely standard
Two Renault Zoes were used for the record attempt, both of which were supplied by Hendy Renault. Both were completely standard, aside from one running on ENSO range extending tyres.
With its original OEM tyres, the first Renault Zoe achieved 688 km on a single charge to smash the existing record, setting off at 9.40 am on Wednesday, June 9th and finally coasting to a stop at 11:45 pm on Thursday, June 10th, having been driven for over 22 hours.
However, the identical Renault Zoe, fitted with ENSO’s propriety EV tyres, went further still, achieving 765 km after also setting off at the same time, but finishing at 14:57 pm on Thursday, June 10th after lapping Thruxton circuit in excess of 25 hours.
The incredible feat betters the official WLTP range of the Renault Zoe by 370 km, the award-winning hatchback being officially recognised to cover up to 394 km on a single charge.
80 per cent charge in one hour
Its usability is also enhanced by a comprehensive standard specification and flexible charging options, the latter including its 52kWh battery being able to be charged to 80 per cent in just one hour and ten minutes.
James Cameron, Mission Motorsport CEO, was thrilled at the result: “The Zoe was a perfect choice for us – but to cover such an extraordinary distance frankly blew us away.
Driving at night
Driving through the night both in training and for the record itself with absolute precision was a challenge for the team but the Zoe proved more than up to the task. It was important to set a record with an absolutely standard car, and we’ve all been charmed and astonished by the little Renault’s character and tenacity”
The Renault Zoe E-Tech is currently the best-selling electric car in Europe. It is available in Play, Iconic and GT Line levels of trim.