Been tempted by Renault's small hatch or SUV, but been put off by its outdated engine tech? Then GOOD NEWS! The French company unveiled the hybrid versions of the Clio and Captur at the Brussels Motor Show. These two vehicles, labeled E-Tech, use two different hybrid technologies. The Captur is a plug-in hybrid and therefore has a Type 2 plug. The Clio, on the other hand, gets a classic hybrid setup.
The Clio E-Tech combines an original Nissan 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a small 1.2 kWh battery. The battery is recharged autonomously during braking and deceleration thanks to regenerative braking. In urban areas, fuel consumption is reduced by 40% compared to a conventional petrol engine and CO2 emissions fall below 100 g/km. The top speed is 43 mph in all-electric mode. The combined power is 140hp.
The Captur E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid takes the architecture of the Clio E-Tech, but adds a larger 9.8 kWh battery. It can then be driven in electric mode for 30 miles at a maximum speed of 84mph. The combined power here is 160hp.
Both vehicles are equipped with a new clutchless electrified gearbox. To distinguish themselves from the classic range, they gain a few styling elements such as blue accents on the interior and exterior, accompanied by E-Tech logos. By 2022, Renault plans to release eight fully electric vehicles and 12 hybrids and plug-in hybrids.