Renault Captur hybrid: prices, specs and on-sale date of E-TECH plug-in
The new Renault Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid will cost from £30,945 and customer deliveries will begin in September, the French manufacturer has confirmed.
The Captur E-TECH plug-in features a 1.6-litre petrol engine, an integrated starter-generator and an electric motor fed by a 9.8kWh battery, with the setup making 160hp in total.
It's capable of up to 30 miles in pure-electric mode, at speeds of up to 83mph, while an advanced regenerative braking system “always retains enough charge to move away and run at low speeds in electric mode”, Renault says. The run from 0-62mph takes 10.1 seconds.
The Captur will also have a single-pedal driving mode – similar to the Nissan Leaf’s e-Pedal system – for low-speed traffic, which is designed to maximise efficiency and ease of driving. Another setting can force the car to start in all-electric mode without waking the engine.
Renault is promising official fuel economy of 188mpg, while CO2 emissions amount to a company-car-friendly 34g/km. Like all plug-in hybrids, achieving these numbers in real-world conditions will require regular charging of the battery.
A Type 2 charging socket is located on the right-rear side of the car, and cables for three-pin domestic charging and AC fast charging will be provided. Renault hasn’t confirmed the Captur E-TECH’s maximum charging speed, but many PHEVs will only accept a 3.6kW charge: this would see the Renault’s battery topped up in around three hours.
Plugging into a typical three-pin domestic socket would see a full charge returned in four-and-a-half hours, but Renault will be offering all retail buyers of the Captur E-TECH a free BP Chargemaster home wallbox, which can charge the car fully in three hours.
The basic architecture and many of the Captur’s technical features are shared with the new Clio, and the new platform has allowed the urban SUV to extend 110mm to offer better interior room and comfort.
Despite being longer, taller and wider, the Captur will still compete with other small SUVs like the Nissan Juke and SEAT Ateca, as well as electric alternatives like the Peugeot e-2008. There will be three petrol and two diesel engines offered alongside the plug-in hybrid model.
Renault Captur hybrid interior
New touchscreen technology will be the focal point of the Captur’s interior. The E-TECH will be offered with a unique infotainment set-up, comprising a 9.3-inch touchscreen on the dashboard and a 10.2-inch digital display behind the steering wheel. These will allow drivers to monitor the battery level, charging times and recovery rates for the regenerative braking.
Every Captur will have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as automated software updates and permanent 4G internet connectivity. Wireless charging will also be offered, tucked away beneath a ‘floating’ centre console that releases space for a wireless charging pad or extra storage.
Materials in the Captur have been revised to offer more soft-touch finishes and a broad array of colour options that will also have matching colour strips in the dash and door panels. E-Tech badging appears on the base of the gear lever, as well as on the tailgate.
Practicality has been boosted thanks to the longer wheelbase and body, with an extra 160mm of legroom in the back. Boot space grows to 536 litres in the standard models; while boot capacity for the Captur plug-in is 379 litres and there's a cable storage compartment under the boot floor.
The Captur E-TECH will be offered in two trim levels; entry-level S Edition costs £30,495 and includes as standard 17-inch alloys, the 9.3-inch touchscreen, front and rear parking sensors, fabric seat trim, wireless phone charging, full LED lights front and rear, automatic high-beams and a plethora of active safety systems. The optional Luxury Pack adds black heated leather seats and steering wheel.
For £500 more, the Captur E-TECH Launch Edition includes 18-inch wheels, blue and copper exterior detailing on the front bumper, front wing and C-pillar, blue upholstery stitching and a white dashboard insert. A Bose sound system and 360-degree parking camera are optional.
The all-new Renault Captur’s exterior design speaks clearly of its ambitions to feel more upmarket. The full LED headlights, C-shaped daytime running lights and rear light design is standard across the range.
It also gets a bigger grille and more pronounced side contours than its popular predecessor, although the bright colours and contrast roof are certainly reminiscent. A total of 11 body colours, four contrast roof colours and three external customisation packs will be offered.
Renault is introducing a system called 'Highway and Traffic Jam Companion' on certain Captur models, which is a Level 2 autonomous system that requires constant driver attention. However, it can stop, steer and accelerate during low-speed driving.
There will be a high level of safety equipment included across the range, including traffic-sign recognition, cruise control and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition.
Optional equipment will include hands-free parking, lane-keeping assistance and blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree parking camera and automatic high-beam assist for the standard LED headlights.