Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid announced
Details of the all-new Renault Captur plug-in hybrid have been released, with the company confirming a pure-electric range of up to 28 miles.
Due to go on sale in early 2020, the Captur E-Tech Plug-in will use a 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors, complete with a 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
It will be capable of doing 83mph in pure-electric mode, and also features advanced brake regeneration that the company says “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.
Renault is yet to confirm fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures, but we’d expect to see well below 50g/km.
Charging is via a Type 2 socket, and cables for three-pin domestic charging and AC fast charging will be provided. Renault hasn’t confirmed the Captur E-Tech Plug-in’s maximum charging speed, but many PHEVs will only accept a 3.6kW charge, which would top-up the Renault’s batteries in three hours.
Plug into a three-pin domestic socket and a full charge should take around 4.5 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 grow in length by 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 is yet to be confirmed, but expect the Captur E-Tech Plug-in to cost from around £23,000.
The new touchscreen tech will be the focal point of the Captur’s interior. Base models will get a seven-inch screen, but the E-Tech Plug-in is likely to be offered in higher-spec trims that will get a 9.3-inch portrait oriented touchscreen, as well as a customisable, 10.2-inch digital display for the driver’s readout.
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, and is 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.
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 on the standard models (pictured), although boot capacity for the Captur PHEV is yet to be confirmed.
The all-new Renault Captur’s exterior design speaks clearly of its ambitions to feel more upmarket. The full LED headlights, C-shape 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 autonomy
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 Active Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition.
Optional equipment will include hands-free parking, lane-keep assist and blind-spot assist, a 360-degree parking camera and automatic main-beam assist for the standard LED headlights.