Priced from £18,995, the Ford Focus rival's standard range has been slimmed down to just three trims: Play, Iconic and sportier RS-Line. Standard kit on the entry-level car includes 16in alloy wheels, smartphone compatability, a digital speedometer and full LED daytime-running lights, while mid-range Iconic cars gain front and rear parking sensors, a 7.0in touchscreen sat-nav and driver aids including lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. RS-Line brings the larger 9.3in touchscreen alongside a host of design upgrades.
The most significant new range addition is the E-Tech plug-in hybrid, which is available from £30,685 on Iconic trim. It follows on from hybrid versions of the Clio and Captur crossover that use the same system: a 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to two electric motors and a new, multi-mode clutchless transmission, which Renault claims offers "excellent efficiency and barely noticeable gearchanges".
Making 158bhp, the system features a 9.8kWh, 400V battery that allows a range of 30 miles, and the ability to travel at up to 84mph on electric power alone. It can dispatch 0-62mph in 9.8sec, with Renault claiming up to 217.3mpg and a CO2 figure of 30g/km. Customer deliveries for the PHEV begin in November.
Further revisions across the range include the addition of Renault’s latest Easy Link infotainment system, first seen in the latest Renault Clio, brought in alongside a new 10.2in digital instrument panel. A new level-two autonomous 'Motorway and Traffic Assistant' system is brought in, while new ‘Pure Vision’ LED headlights are offered.