Renault has just presented the second generation of the Captur, which will be launched at the turn of the year and will be supplemented by a plug-in hybrid version in 2020. This will be Renault’s first plug-in hybrid, with other models to follow soon.
Renault already announced the corresponding E-TECH modular hybrid system at the Geneva Motor Show and is now naming further details on the PHEV version, which combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and a 9.8 kWh battery. Battery capacity is one of the few details provided by the French carmaker. So far, no figures on the performance of the petrol engine, the electric motors and the system as a whole have been released.
According to Renault, the Captur E-TECH Plug-in always starts in electric mode and can travel up to 45 kilometres and at a speed of up to 135 km/h in purely electric mode. When measured in WLTP city standard, up to 65 kilometres of electric city driving is supposed to be possible.
According to the Renault, the new plug-in drive will stand out with its high recuperation performance, although they have not given any figures on this. Just this much: The braking system has been taken from the world of electric cars and has even benefited from the Renault factory team’s Formula 1 know-how in energy management.
The Mégane compact model is also based on Renault’s CMF-B platform. The Golf competitor is next in line to receive the plug-in drive. Full hybrids are also possible with the E-TECH system, but this variant does not appear in the provisional list of drive options for the Captur.
With the model change, the Captur, which has been built 1.2 million times so far, will be eleven centimetres longer (to now 4.23 metres). In terms of design, the SUV with its eye-catching C-shaped daytime running lights, blends into the Renault model range. The interior will feature the EasyLink multimedia system, which will be combined with a touchscreen measuring up to 9.3 inches. The Captur also comes with semi-autonomous driving functions in the form of a motorway and congestion assistant. Renault has not yet quoted any prices.
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