Two versions of Renault’s new ‘E-Tech’ electrified powertrains are unveiled at Brussels motor show and are set to launch later this year.

Autocar UK, By Lawrence Allan

© Image credited by Haymarket Media Group | New Renault Clio hybrid and Captur plug-in hybrid launched

Renault has released details of two new electrified powertrains added to the Clio and Captur range, while also confirming that a plug-in hybrid Megane will soon be launched.

Shown to visitors of the Brussels Motor Show, the two new models both feature the same ‘E-Tech’ branding but have substantially different takes on the electrified powertrain.

The Clio, launched last year with traditional petrol and diesel engines, benefits from a “full hybrid” system - an innovative take on the proven parallel hybrid setup. Renault claims the tech is protected by around 150 patents. 
It’s based around a multi-mode ‘DHT’ transmission, used to control a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter petrol engine and two electric motors either simultaneously or independently. The battery is a relatively small 1.2kWh pack, meaning the car weighs just 10kg more than an equivalent Clio diesel. 
Renault claims it can spend up to 80% of the time in electric mode on city roads and is able to travel at up to 38mph without the engine running. Few figures are quoted, however, bar CO2 emissions claimed to be less than 100g/km and a 50-75mph time of 6.9sec. 
The Captur E-Tech uses a plug-in hybrid system, mating the same 1.6-liter petrol engine and multi-mode gearbox setup to a larger 9.8kWh battery pack and 400v electrical system. That translates to a claimed all-electric range of 30 miles and a top speed in EV mode of 85mph. New driving modes also feature, including a Sport mode that allows both petrol and electric power to combine if there is enough charge. 
In a mixed WLTP cycle, Renault claims the Captur E-Tech Plug-in manages up to 188mpg and emits 34g/km of CO2. 
Both models also receive unique badging inside and out, as well as hybrid-specific display menus and graphics. They will be available to order in the UK in the coming weeks.
This article was originally published in Autocar UK.
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