Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid specs revealed

Like the sound of an affordable, high-riding crossover with plug-in hybrid power for lower fuel costs? Check out the latest Renault Captur

James Wilson
Mar 23, 2020

With more and more drivers choosing tall hatchbacks and hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars, it makes sense that Renault has launched a plug-in version of its popular Captur crossover. It is called the Captur E-Tech plug-in and is set to be capable of 30 miles of electric range on a full charge, with order books opening in June 2020.

Renault gave the Captur a thorough overhaul at the beginning of 2020, bringing it bang up to date with impressive levels of equipment, while still managing to keep prices competitive. Exact costs for the hybrid E-Tech models are as yet unconfirmed, but we'd expect them to be similarly reasonable value. Due to the additional plug-in hybrid tech, however, expect them to cost a notch more than the equivalent petrol or diesel models.

The bulk of plug-in hybrid SUVs and crossovers are large vehicles – think Range Rover and Volvo XC90 – meaning the plug-in Captur E-Tech sits in a bit of niche. Although, you can expect a raft of plug-in hybrid versions of more affordable compact crossovers to arrive in 2020 and beyond.

To find out all the details on the 2020 Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid, keep reading below.

Quick facts

  • UK sales set to start in June 2020
  • Total power output of 160hp
  • Electric range of around 30 miles
  • Great levels of standard equipment
  • Uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine 
  • Claimed fuel economy of 188mpg

Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid specs

Renault has yet to officially confirm trims for the upcoming plug-in Captur, but it is expected that it will mirror that of the petrol and diesel models (for the most part at least). This means there will likely be three core trims – Play, Iconic and S Edition.

Fossil-fuel-powered Play models come as standard with equipment such as an automatic handbrake, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, climate control, full LED lights and 17-inch wheels. As an entry-level specification for this type of car, that's impressive. Moving up to Iconic spec brings additional goodies such as rear parking sensors, roof bars and a number of optional interior personalisation options not available on Play models.

Top-spec S Edition variants, meanwhile, bring a leather steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beam headlights, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, blind-spot monitoring and 17-inch alloy wheels with black inserts. Whether Renault sticks to these specifications with its plug-in E-Tech variants will be confirmed at a later date.

Renault has announced a number of hybrid-only features, though, including exterior logos and badges to signify that the car your driving is a plug-in hybrid. Also, there are two fuel flaps – one on the passenger side for petrol and one on the driver side for charging.

Inside there is an 'E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid' badge on the gearstick and an 'EV' (as in electric vehicle) push button to start the car. All plug-in hybrid Captur E-Techs come with a 10-inch digital dashboard display and 9.3-inch touchscreen media system located in the middle of the dashboard.

Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid prices

Official prices for the Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid are yet to be confirmed, however, it is safe to assume that the PHEV (another way of saying plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) will start from around £21,000 - which is the upper end of the fossil-fuel-powered Captur price range - if not significantly more. Why? Because you're paying for a petrol engine plus a battery pack and electric motor - and they don’t come cheap.

Renault has confirmed that UK sales will start in June 2020, but not stated when it intends for deliveries to commence – there is often a gap between order books opening and cars being available to drive away. Be sure to keep checking back here on BuyaCar for updates on Renault Captur pricing and delivery dates.

Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid economy

Every Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid is set to come with a 9.8kWh battery pack, supposedly capable of powering the electrified crossover for up to 30 miles using electrons alone.

Connected to the battery pack are two electric motors; one is fairly small and functions more as a boost to the 1.6-litre petrol engine, while the second one is more sizeable and provides the bulk of the electric assistance. When driving under battery power alone, the Captur E-Tech plug-in is expected to be capable of reaching speeds of up to 85mph.

In total, the hybrid system is claimed to produce 160hp – which considering the diesel Captur comes with under 100hp is pretty good. Economy and emissions (as tested under the latest and most realistic fuel economy procedure – called WLTP) are believed to weigh in at 188mpg and 34g/km of CO2. Charge the Captur regularly and cover shorter trips and you should rarely need to top up with petrol.

As with all plug-in hybrids, owners need to charge as regularly as possible to get anywhere near to these figures. Another thing to keep in mind is that Renault is currently undergoing final testing of the Captur E-Tech hybrid so there might be slight variations in the above figures once testing is finished.

Renault is yet to confirm charge times, but being that the battery pack is under 10kWh in size – an all-electric Nissan Leaf comes with a 40kWh battery pack – charging from a standard three-pin plug socket should take around six hours, while using a more powerful home wallbox type charger should bring this down to nearer two hours.

Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid rivals

Direct rivals are a little thin on the ground for Renault’s Captur E-Tech. The Kia Niro is perhaps the only one and even then the larger Kia starts at around £30,000. Away from SUVs and crossovers, however, there are a number of family hatchbacks which offer similar ownership propositions to the Captur E-Tech - the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV is one, but that too starts at around £30,000.

Moving away from plug-in hybrids there are a raft of self-charging hybrids on offer. A self-charging hybrid has a self-contained hybrid system that cannot be plugged in, it recharges using energy recovered from braking but typically offers only a small amount of electric range along with a much less profound efficiency gain.

Good examples include the Toyota C-HR and Toyota Corolla, both of which start around the £25,000 mark. The reality is, if Renault gets its pricing right it could well have the affordable and well-equipped plug-in crossover market to itself for a while.

Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid technology

Much like a lot of new cars these days (and not just electrified ones), the 2020 Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid is set to come with a number of driving modes. Renault calls its suite of pre-defined setups 'Multi-Sense' and under this sits Pure, Sport and E-Save driving modes. Pure is for all-electric driving (provided the batteries have sufficient charge), Sport for, well, sporty motoring using both petrol and electrical power for maximum attack and E-Save for saving battery power for when it is most needed.

On top of this, regenerative braking features, which captures otherwise wasted energy from braking and pumps it back into the on-board battery pack. Regenerative braking can be increased so that drivers can, for the majority of the time, drive using the accelerator alone, as lifting off the throttle causes the car to slow quickly.

 

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