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Renault unveils Clio and Captur hybrid duo

Renault enters the growing hybrid market with new Clio and Captur

10 Jan 2020

AS DEMAND for hybrids grows stronger and emission regulations tighten, more manufacturers are entering the eco-market including Renault, upping its game with the new Clio E-Tech and Captur E-Tech Plug-in.


Debuting overnight at the Brussels Motor Show, the new hybrids share a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine coupled to two electric motors, good for 103kW of power in the Clio and 118kW in the Captur.


The whole setup is then paired with a new multi-mode clutchless gearbox with both featuring regenerative braking.


Where the two models differ is in their recharge systems with the Clio E-Tech being a “full-hybrid” (HEV) with a with a 1.2kWh battery while the Captur E-Tech utilises a plug-in hybrid system (PHEV) and steps things up with a 9.8kWh battery.


Renault says the E-Tech system “guarantees electric-only start up every time, enjoyable driveability in all circumstances, excellent fuel efficiency thanks to its smart multimodal, gearbox, efficient regenerative braking and high capacity battery recharging”.


For the Clio, this equates to a claimed efficiency improvement of up to 40 per cent on the urban cycle compared to an equivalent internal combustion engine due to being able to be driven in all-electric mode up to 80 per cent of the time in the city.


Standard equipment on the Clio includes Renault’s Highway and Traffic Jam Companion, something it describes as its first step towards autonomous vehicles as well as its new Easy Link multimedia system, accessed via a 7.0-inch horizontal or 9.3-inch vertical screen.


Also included is a new 7.0-inch ‘smart cockpit’ digital instrument cluster capable of displaying a range of extra information such as the battery level.


Thanks to its bigger battery, the Captur is able to be driven in all-electric mode for up to 50km and reach 135km/h – compared to the Clio’s 75km/h – with the range increasing to 65km in the city.


Fuel economy is claimed to be as low as 1.5 litres per 100km.


Its initial launch trim is based on the higher-specified petrol variants, though Renault says the hybrid setup will eventually trickle down and be available in lower trim levels.


Coming as standard from launch is the French marque’s Multi-Sense system featuring Pure, Sport and E-Save drive modes each dedicated to either efficiency or performance and all accessible via the infotainment screen menus.


Drivers are treated to a larger, 10.3-inch version of the smart cockpit and a few more display features including battery life, recharge time, flow exchanges, energy recovery and current charge level of the electric motor battery.


GoAuto has contacted Renault Australia to confirm if and when the E-Techs will be lobbing in Australia.

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