Last fall, Renault announced plans to launch hybrid versions of the Captur, Clio and Megane. Fast forward to today and spy photographers have snapped prototypes of the Megane plug-in hybrid.
Set to be based on the facelifted 2020 Megane, the plug-in hybrid variant has a familiar design, but its distinguished by a new charging port on the driver’s side rear fender. One of the prototypes has also been equipped extended fender flares and this suggests the model could have a wider rear track.
Additional changes are limited, but the facelifted Megane will have modified bumpers, a revised grille and restyled lighting units. We can also expect an updated interior which could have to a digital instrument cluster and a new infotainment system.
Renault has been tight-lipped about the model, but the company has already confirmed the plug-in hybrid variant will be launched as part of the Megane’s 2020 “product refresh.” The facelifted model is expected to be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, but it remains unclear if the plug-in hybrid variant will also be unveiled at the same time.
Regardless of when and where the plug-in hybrid is introduced, Renault has already confirmed it will have an e-Tech powertrain that has been billed as “innovative” and developed entirely in-house. The company hasn’t said much it, but previous reports have suggested it could consist of a turbocharged engine, an electric motor or motors and a small lithium-ion battery pack. That’s pretty vague, but it’s believed engineers are targeting an electric-only range of approximately 30 miles (48 km).