New Renault Captur plug-in hybrid will have 30-mile range
27th May 2020 Danny Morgan
Renault has released details of the new Captur, which will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time.
Alongside the launch of a mild hybrid Clio, Renault announced its popular crossover – the Captur – will be available to order as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV).
It will have up to 30 miles of pure electric range thanks to the 9.8kWh battery combining with two electric motors and a 1.6-litre petrol engine. Renault says this combination makes it ideal for short, zero-emissions trips while the petrol engine offers flexibility for longer journeys claiming a fuel economy of 188.3mpg.
The new Captur PHEV is part of Renault’s E-TECH variant range and will feature design cues to differentiate it from the rest of the line-up.
As with other PHEVs, the Renault Captur has three primary driving modes – Pure, which is electric-only and zero-emissions driving; Sport, which makes the most of both electric and petrol power for extra performance; and E-Save, which will use the petrol engine in favour of preserving the battery and electric mode for later use, such as in an urban area or ultra-low emissions zone.
As a crossover, the Captur is expected to be relatively practical in several scenarios. While not the biggest car on the road, of course, the sliding rear seats offers a handful of options when it comes to space in the back. Maximum boot space is 379 litres, with a compartment underneath to stow charging cables.
Two trims are available at launch – the S Edition and the Launch Edition. Both trims receive the same in-car entertainment options with sat-nav, WiFi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an array of driver assist features, including front and rear parking sensors and rear view camera.
For an extra £500, the Launch Edition has larger 18-inch Pasadena alloys with grey inserts and copper and blue detail, which complements the blue and copper exterior detailing on the front bumper, wing and c-pillar. The cloth interior also has blue stitching while the Launch Edition also has a white dashboard insert with a blue detailing.
Additional features are available such as Bose sound system upgrade and 360-degree camera.
Prices for the new Renault Captur PHEV, which is available to order now, start from £30,495 with deliveries expected in September.