Renault Clio hybrid and Captur plug-in hybrid to debut at Brussels Motor Show

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Author: | Updated: 09 Jan 2020 10:44

At this year’s Brussels Motor Show (10-19 January), Renault will premiere electrified versions of its two best-sellers: the all-new Clio E-Tech and all-new Captur E-Tech plug-in.

Lead - Clio and Captur  E-Tech

E-Tech is a dual engine developed to combine responsiveness, driving pleasure and efficiency. Inspired by Formula 1, it features a clutchless gearbox with energy optimisation at its heart.

The Clio, which launched with a traditional drivetrain last year, offers a full hybrid drivetrain and is based on a “series-parallel” architecture. This ensures the largest range of combinations and the best CO2 gains when on the road.

With a 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors, the Clio E-Tech uses a 1.2 kWh battery that delivers significant reductions in fuel use and CO2 emissions for up to 80% of urban driving time. In all-electric mode, the Clio can travel up to 38mph without using the petrol engine. Regenerative braking also features.

All-New Captur E-TECH (9)

The other new model, Renault Captur E-Tech, uses the same 1.6-litre engine which is mated to a plug-in hybrid system with an increased 9.8kWH battery pack and 400v electrical system. It can run at 100% electric for 30 miles with a top speed of 85mph.

Renault claims the Captur E-Tech can offer 188mpg and emits 34g/km of CO2. Unique driving modes such as ‘Sport’ allows both the petrol and electric engines to combine to take full advantage of available power. ‘E-Save’ on the other hand limits the use of the electric motor and can save at least 40 percent of battery power by drawing it from the combustion motor.

All-New Clio E-TECH (10)

Both models feature unique badging inside and out to differentiate them from the regular Clio and Captur, as well as hybrid-specific display menus and graphics.

Both models will be available in UK from June. This line-up will also soon to be extended to the family car segment with Megane E-Tech plug-in hybrid.

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