Renault releases the Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid in the UK. Priced from £30,995 in the S Edition, the PHEV version of the best-selling Captur range is available with immediate effect. A hybrid powertrain will follow in 2021.
The Renault Captur is the carmaker’s first plug-in hybrid, with other models to follow soon. The French brand debuted the model at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. In the UK, the Captur is a strong competitor. Renault says it sold the conventional model 150,000 times in Britain since launching it in 2013. Worldwide, the Captur has been built over a million times.
The new plug-in hybrid sits on the CMF-B platform that is modular and able to accommodate various electrification options. Data now released in the UK specifies 31 miles of electric range, just short of 50 km. The battery holds 9.8kWh capacity, and Reanult includes a free home charging wall box for retail customers.
As expected, Renault couples a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and says, the PHEV is the most potent set-up in the range. The powertrain delivers 160hp and 144Nm (engine) and 205Nm (electric motor) of torque that together provide a 0-62mph time of 10.1 seconds and a top speed of 108mph (84mph in electric mode).
The motor set-up belongs to what Renault called the E-Tech line. The company claims roots in racing. The E-Tech enables energy recovery and features a multi-mode dog gearbox for smoother all-electric operation.
The Renault Captur PHEV comes in three trim levels: S Edition, Launch Edition and R.S Line. Prices start from £30,995 in the S Edition. The Captur also comes with semi-autonomous driving functions in the form of a motorway and congestion assistant.
Looking at those prices, it may pay to keep an eye out for the upcoming Renault Megane and Dacia Spring. Both models are 100% electric and have been deemed Europe’s “most affordable electric cars” when debuting in October. They will utilise the dedicated electric CMF-EV platform when launching in 2021.