Renault will debut their E-TECH Hybrid technology at the 2020 Brussels Motor Show, with the Clio E-TECH and Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid. Renault has been a pioneer in electric mobility for over 10 years, allowing them to create more dynamic and efficient hybrid motors.

The all-new Clio looks into Renault's future being autonomous, electric and connected. It features one of the latest, most comprehensive driving assistance system currently available, with Highway and Traffic Jam Companion, making a step towards autonomous driving.

For the first time, the Clio is available with the hybrid E-TECH engine, giving instant acceleration and a driving experience more enjoyable than other hybrid city cars available. The E-TECH gives maximum efficiency and responsiveness, with 50 to 75mph taking just 6.9 seconds. The E-TECH uses regenerative braking, it also has a high capacity battery and efficiency which gives optimal energy. All-electric mode is used 80% of the time whilst in the city, saving 40% consumption compared to internal combustion engines in the urban cycle. While in full-electric mode, the new Clio can reach 38mph.

On the exterior, the E-TECH badge features on the centre post and the boot hatch. Inside, a “Smart Cockpit” includes a 7” TFT instrument cluster and the new Renault EASY LINK infotainment system with either a 7” (horizontal) or 9.3” (vertical) screen. The bespoke gearstick comes with an “ E-Tech” badge on it and the Stop-and-Start button has been replaced with an “EV” button, used to put the car into full-electric mode, providing there is enough charge in the battery.

The Captur E-TECH Plug-in engine has a larger battery capacity (9.1kWh and 400V) giving it a range of 30 miles in full-electric mode and a top speed of 85mph. The Captur is very versatile; it can run all the regular trips during the week using only electric power, then at weekends when travelling further it uses the petrol engine to increase the range when needed. This Plug-in Hybrid power plant has all the benefits of the E-TECH, with the ability to charge while plugged in, which maximises the range it can achieve, when regularly plugged in.

The Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid has “E-Tech” badges on the boot hatch and centre post, the petrol tank is located on the left-hand side and the charging socket is on the right-hand side. On the inside, the “Smart Cockpit” has E-TECH markers on it, and an E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid badge on the gear stick. Like the Clio, the Stop-and-Start button has been replaced with an “EV” button which switches to “PURE” mode giving full-electric driving.

Both the Clio E-TECH Hybrid and Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid go on sale in the UK from June.

Posted 11/01/2020 Back to Blog

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