Renault Captur hybrid: details, specs and on-sale date of E-TECH plug-in model

Plug-in hybrid version of the new Renault Captur SUV will hit 30 miles of range on a single charge

The new Renault Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid will be capable of up to 30 miles of pure-electric range from its 9.8kWh battery, the French manufacturer has confirmed.

Due to go on sale early this year, the Captur E-TECH Plug-in will feature a 1.6-litre petrol engine, an integrated starter-generator and an electric motor. It’ll be capable of up to 83mph in pure-electric mode, while an advanced regenerative braking system “always retains enough charge to move away and run at low speeds in electric mode”.

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 awaking 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.

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 forthcoming Peugeot e-2008. There will be three petrol and two diesel engines offered alongside the plug-in hybrid model. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but expect the Captur E-TECH to cost from around £23,000.

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 has yet to be confirmed, it'll at least benefit from a cable storage compartment under the floor.

Design

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.

Safety and driver assistance

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.