Renault Clio hybrid 2020: specifications, equipment and pictures

Renault has released full details of the E-TECH hybrid engine for its Clio supermini, with claimed fuel-economy gains of 40%

Renault Clio E-TECH hybrid

Further details of the new Renault Clio hybrid, known as the E-TECH, have been released ahead of its springtime launch. 

The Renault hybrid powertrain combines a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors and a 1.2kWh lithium-ion battery. Renault claims fuel-economy gains of up to 40%, with as much as 80% of urban driving possible using electric mode.

While no official figures have yet been released, the hybrid Clio is expected to emit less than 90g/km of CO2.

The engine is naturally aspirated and the first of the two electric motors functions as an intelligent alternator and regenerative braking system. The second, more powerful, motor does the majority of the work of propelling the front-wheel-drive Clio alongside the petrol engine. Under heavy acceleration, both electric motors can boost the car’s performance.

All of this is enabled by a ‘clutchless’ automatic gearbox that takes its complex engineering principles from Formula 1. Renault claims the gearbox offers some 15 different operating modes, including a pure-electric mode that works at up to 40mph. No 0-62mph times have been confirmed yet, but the Clio E-TECH will do 50-75mph in 6.9 seconds.

Unlike Peugeot, which recently revealed the all-electric e-208 supermini, Renault will not offer an electric version of the Clio. Instead, the French brand is focusing on the ZOE as its electric offering. The forthcoming plug-in hybrid Captur E-TECH SUV that goes on sale later this year will also broaden the French brand's electrified portfolio. The company expects to offer eight fully electric models and 22 electrically assisted models by 2022.

Renault Clio E-TECH prices and specifications

The hybrid Renault Clio E-TECH goes on sale in spring this year, and will be offered with the same trim levels as the rest of the recently launched Clio range. 

Entry-level Play includes LED headlights, cruise control, manual air-conditioning, automatic emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition and lane-keep assistance. Iconic adds a leather steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, hands-free entry and go, rear parking sensors and a seven-inch touchscreen with sat nav and phone connectivity.

The top-spec R.S. Line adds sportier looks inside and out, courtesy of 17-inch alloy wheels and more aggressive front grille, as well as contrasting stitching for the R.S. Line upholstery. Pricing for all models has yet to be confirmed, but expect the Clio E-TECH to start at around £18,000, topping out at £20,500 for the R.S. Line. 

The Clio E-TECH will be the first full hybrid Renault ever; its rivals will include the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid, as well as the new Honda Jazz Hybrid, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa.