Two versions of Renault’s new ‘E-Tech’ electrified powertrains are unveiled at Brussels motor show, and are set to launch later this year
9 January 2020

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-litre 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. 

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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-litre 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. 

The Clio and Captur hybrids form a major step in Renault's wider electrification rollout. It will see eight fully electric models and 12 hybrids or plug-in hybrids launched before 2022.

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9 January 2020
Dubious figures for Clio.

9 January 2020
Andrew1 wrote:

Dubious figures for Clio.

38 miles from such a small battery does seem optimistic, but then they seem to be referring to city driving so maybe only under 30mph?

9 January 2020
si73 wrote:
Andrew1 wrote:

Dubious figures for Clio.

38 miles from such a small battery does seem optimistic, but then they seem to be referring to city driving so maybe only under 30mph?

 

Have they edited the article since you posted this? Cause I read it as 30 miles and on average in the city the engine won't kick in under 38mph. 

9 January 2020
I may have mis read it but I thought it said 38 miles not mph,

9 January 2020

Just read the article on top gear about the tech side of these cars. Actually quite impressive what they've done with it, should prove economical for most people too. Plus, Renault are claiming it will be cheaper than the diesel equivalent, so will be a perfect car for a higher mileage users

9 January 2020

"Renault claims it can spend up to 80% of the time in electric mode on city roads" with a 1.2kw battery! really! So with just 20% of time using petrol in the city you might say expect upto 250mpg, that's better than equivalent figure from a ZOE.

Are Renault using VW's old diesel software team?

Look forward to seeing the price increase

9 January 2020
xxxx wrote:

"Renault claims it can spend up to 80% of the time in electric mode on city roads" with a 1.2kw battery! really! So with just 20% of time using petrol in the city you might say expect upto 250mpg, that's better than equivalent figure from a ZOE.

Are Renault using VW's old diesel software team?

Look forward to seeing the price increase

Are VW using Bosch? Quite likely.

Bosch developed the emissions cheating device for VW. How they got away with not getting a stonking fine is anybody's guess!

Just goes to show how little engineering nowse they have at VW really... why would anyone buy a poorly engineered VAG group car?!

9 January 2020
CarNut170 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

"Renault claims it can spend up to 80% of the time in electric mode on city roads" with a 1.2kw battery! really! So with just 20% of time using petrol in the city you might say expect upto 250mpg, that's better than equivalent figure from a ZOE.

Are Renault using VW's old diesel software team?

Look forward to seeing the price increase

Are VW using Bosch? Quite likely.

Bosch developed the emissions cheating device for VW. How they got away with not getting a stonking fine is anybody's guess!

Just goes to show how little engineering nowse they have at VW really... why would anyone buy a poorly engineered VAG group car?!

I don't think you got the pun/ sarcastic comment. It was about aimed at dodgy ECU code and false reporting of figures.

9 January 2020

I don't get the doubters. My RAV4 spends a lot of its time in EV mode. City driving needs very little net power to sustain with low speeds and short burst of speeding up and just as frequent slowing down (regeneration).

People obviously don't understand the concept of hybrids where the engine can run at an 'independent of road speed' level that is more efficient for a short burst overproducing power and stuffing it into the battery to run the car for some time whilst shutting down. Such a system its not hard to acheive a 20% engine on, 80% engine off average ratio in the city. 

17 January 2020

The new Renault Clio Hybrid is very nice

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