AS DEMAND for hybrids grows stronger and emission laws tighten, extra producers are getting into the eco-market together with Renault, upping its recreation with the brand new Clio E-Tech and Captur E-Tech Plug-in.
Debuting in a single day on the Brussels Motor Show, the brand new hybrids share a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine coupled to 2 electrical motors, good for 103kW of energy within the Clio and 118kW within the Captur.
The entire setup is then paired with a brand new multi-mode clutchless gearbox with each that includes regenerative braking.
Where the 2 fashions differ is of their recharge methods with the Clio E-Tech being a “full-hybrid” (HEV) with a with a 1.2kWh battery whereas the Captur E-Tech utilises a plug-in hybrid system (PHEV) and steps issues up with a 9.8kWh battery.
Renault says the E-Tech system “guarantees electric-only start up every time, enjoyable driveability in all circumstances, excellent fuel efficiency thanks to its smart multimodal, gearbox, efficient regenerative braking and high capacity battery recharging”.
For the Clio, this equates to a claimed effectivity enchancment of as much as 40 per cent on the city cycle in comparison with an equal inner combustion engine because of with the ability to be pushed in all-electric mode as much as 80 per cent of the time within the metropolis.
Standard gear on the Clio consists of Renault’s Highway and Traffic Jam Companion, one thing it describes as its first step in the direction of autonomous automobiles in addition to its new Easy Link multimedia system, accessed by way of a 7.Zero-inch horizontal or 9.Three-inch vertical display.
Also included is a brand new 7.Zero-inch ‘smart cockpit’ digital instrument cluster able to displaying a variety of additional info such because the battery degree.
Thanks to its greater battery, the Captur is ready to be pushed in all-electric mode for as much as 50km and attain 135km/h – in comparison with the Clio’s 75km/h – with the vary growing to 65km within the metropolis.
Fuel financial system is claimed to be as little as 1.5 litres per 100km.
Its preliminary launch trim is predicated on the higher-specified petrol variants, although Renault says the hybrid setup will ultimately trickle down and be out there in decrease trim ranges.
Coming as normal from launch is the French marque’s Multi-Sense system that includes Pure, Sport and E-Save drive modes every devoted to both effectivity or efficiency and all accessible by way of the infotainment display menus.
Drivers are handled to a bigger, 10.Three-inch model of the sensible cockpit and a number of extra show options together with battery life, recharge time, stream exchanges, power restoration and present cost degree of the electrical motor battery.
GoAuto has contacted Renault Australia to verify if and when the E-Techs might be lobbing in Australia.