MEUDON, France (Reuters) – French carmaker Renault unveiled on Thursday a new electric car concept with a larger, sportier design, as it bets on medium-size family vehicles to try to turn itself around.
The company’s latest show car, dubbed the “Megane eVision”, incorporates SUV-style large wheels, but with a more compact design. Renault said it would be a pillar of the “compact” car category, which it wants to expand on and is more profitable than smaller cars.
Renault was already struggling with faltering sales before the COVID-19 pandemic, and is simultaneously trying to reboot a strained relationship with Japanese partner Nissan.
The new electric car would be the first built on the CMF-EV platform, or vehicle architecture, developed jointly by Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.
The definitive model for production will be unveiled in 2021, Renault added. The company already makes a small electric car known as Zoe.
(Reporting by Gilles Guillaume; Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Mark Potter)