Smooth and fluid shapes, precise lines, technical excellence and aerodynamics… with the Renault Mégane eVision show car, the manufacturer’s next generation of electric vehicles, is born. Its design embodies its electric and technological components, as François Leboine, Design Director of Concept Cars at Groupe Renault, explains.
This new show car integrates several types of vehicle, creating a design all of its own.
Given its shape, its particularly short overhangs and considerable wheelbase, Mégane eVision looks like a sedan. Its large wheels and high ride height give it a robust character, while its sloping roof gives it the energy of a coupe; compact and streamlined.
Added to the fluid and robust shapes of the bodywork, high-tech details propel this show car into the world of electric power.
Light was one of the leading ideas in the design of the Mégane eVision show car. Firstly via the large amount of space attributed to windows, showcased by a “floating” roof and a cabin with no quarter panel.
Following on from the MORPHOZ concept car, we also worked on the feeling of fluidity. Several elements contribute to this: the smooth surfaces, the parts of the bodywork level with one another, and the natural integration of the windows and screens. Like the fuselage of an airplane, Mégane eVision’s surfaces “flush”, in other words have no unevenness, a distinctive characteristic of the vehicle. Its details — the door handles that retract into the side of the vehicle, the profile of the lateral grooves, the dimensions of the hood, as well as the “aero” strip integrated into the rear bumper — represent its aerodynamic efficiency.
The 20-inch rims, perfectly aligned with the bodywork and with a propeller-blade design, enhance the impression of fluidity and optimize air penetration.
Used in different ways, the light sources symbolically represent Renault Mégane eVision’s place in the electric world. The loading hatch and the Renault logo, which both have light features, are examples of this. As for the car lights, they form a large band across the vehicle. Their matrix LED technology controls the front and back of the vehicle, with a welcome sequence and highly precise variations. This Renault-specific light signature, called LIVINGLIGHTS, also symbolizes Mégane eVision’s electric identity. In the same vein, the iconic design on the side window trim is accentuated by the addition of an outer line of light. Lastly, the integration of an illuminated technical cartridge by the side sills lists the characteristics of our new electric platform called “CMF-EV”.
The designs and profiles at different areas along the bodywork also evoke this electric DNA. Inherited from MORPHOZ, the grills that we see on the lower part of the front face and the rear cameras allude to the stereo system and the world of electronics.
It’s a way of bringing the vehicle into the realm of precious metals used in the connector industry. In contrast to the glossy “shale grey” body color, this metallic finish — gradually brought in from the windshield mounts — accentuates the “floating” aspect of the roof. The subtle transition into gold also symbolizes the movement of the automobile into electric technology.
The combination of two strong tones can also be seen in the yellow and black of Renault’s sporting identity. It was present on our competition cars from the 1970s until the R.S. 27 Vision concept car, where yellow was replaced with gold. In the age of electric, Mégane eVision gives us the opportunity to renew our codes without losing touch with our roots, by continuing to lead the way.
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