Renault Captur PHEV and Clio Hybrid Powertrains Detailed

Renault has released powertrain details of it two latest electrified models, the E-Tech versions of the Captur PHEV and the Clio Hybrid.

Captur is the automaker’s first commercial PHEV and uses a 1.6-liter gasoline engine alongside a 9.8kWh battery driving two electric motors, claiming an all-electric driving range of 30 miles on the WLTP rating and total power output of 157bhp. When making full use of the battery and electric motor, the car claims of up to 188mpg (156mpg US) and 33g/km of CO2. Top speed in all-electric mode is 84mph, with an acceleration from zero to 62mph in 10.1 seconds.

Three driving modes are offered include Pure as electric-only, Sport making full use of both electric and gasoline engine power and E-Save that limits use of the battery and saves energy for it to be stored for later use by prioritizing use of the gasoline engine.

It will also be marketed with a free 7kW Wallbox charger for all retail customers, supplied and fitted by BP Chargemaster. Using the box, the car can charge from zero to 100% in approximately three hours. Both a domestic charging cable and Type 2 charger is provided as standard. Scheduled heating, ventilation and charging times can be controlled via the standard 9.3-inch Easy Link portrait touchscreen or via the new MY Renault app.

Renault Clio Hybrid

This model shares the 1.6-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors, driven via an F1-inspired clutchless automatic transmission. Renault claims, on average use models, the car will travel for 80% of urban journeys on battery power alone. This allows claims of fuel economy returns of 64mpg (53mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 98g/km, while also being able to travel up to 38mph in all-electric mode.

It is also the most powerful model in the Clio lineup boasting 136bhp and a maximum torque of 106ft-lbs, while the electric motor generates another 151ft-lbs. The High-Voltage Starter Generator delivers an additional 36ft-lbs. The automaker says its technology allows the gasoline engine to claiming roll-on acceleration from 50mph to 75mph in just 6.9 seconds.

Renault’s CMF-B modular architecture allows for use of PHEV and HEV powertrains, designed from the beginning to accept electrified variants across Captur and Clio line-ups. Both cars will benefit from Renault’s 5-year, 100,000-mile warranty and a 8-year, 100,000 mile warranty for the traction battery.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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