Renault Captur E-Tech, full hybrid from Formula 1

Renault Captur E-Tech, full hybrid from Formula 1

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Renault Captur E-Tech, full hybrid from Formula 1

Sporty set-up and new level of electrification for Renault Captur which expands its range with the addition of the version E-Tech full hybrid, technology that the Losanga has brought to the road thanks to the experience accumulated in Formula 1. To this is added the sporty RS Line, with the double diamond that stands out on the lower race of the steering wheel. We previewed the new Renault Captur E-Tech in a test drive that took us from the heart of Milan to the suburbs, giving us the opportunity to try the hybrid variant of the French SUV in different contexts.

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With over 1.5 million units sold in Europe since 2013, of which 214,000 in Italy alone, Captur aims to maintain leadership among B-SUVs, also counting on a decisive turn of the market towards this segment. To do this, therefore, Losanga wanted to make the offer of this model even more complete, adding the HEV version to the plug-in hybrid version. The already marked personality of Captur is accentuated by the RS Line suit that adds some racing details, including the F1 blade at the front, the chromium plating in the front grille with a more pronounced honeycomb grille, the sporty diffuser at the rear with double exhaust (always chromed), i 18-inch Le Castellet alloy wheels and tinted windows at the rear, without forgetting the specific badge on the wheel arch and on the tailgate. The sporty soul is also reflected in some details inside the passenger compartment, such as the perforated leather steering wheel with red and gray stitching. The red is also echoed on the frame of the ventilation system vents and for the seams of the seats, while on the dashboard we find some finishes in carbon look that give elegance to the environment.

Heart of new Renault Captur E-Tech is certainly the full hybrid system that combines the 1.6 4-cylinder petrol engine capable of delivering 145 HP to two electric motors, a “e-engine“And an HSG type high voltage starter (High-Voltage Starter Generator). Added to this is a 1.2 kWh battery and the innovative multi-mode transmission with clutch-free teeth. Thanks to the latter, gearshifts are faster and smoother and the “scooter” effect during acceleration that is often experienced at the wheel of hybrid cars is also eliminated. The total output of the powertrain is 145 hp. Many are enough to be able to juggle city traffic in the best possible way, also offering some more decisive ideas during acceleration. Nothing transcendental but that adequate flicker supported by the electrified system that acts but does not make its presence known. City travel in this sense is extremely quiet, almost as if you were on a full electric, thanks to the ability to travel up to 80/90 km / h with only the battery-powered engine, within 3 km of travel. Consumption is confirmed in line with what was declared by Renault, with the new Captur E-Tech full hybrid which recorded an average of 19-20 km / l on a mixed route.

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The revised design, on-board connectivity and electrification offer the Renault B-SUV the possibility of still being competitive in a segment that is crowding and getting more and more aggressive. With the aim of reaching a sales mix of 45% for E-Tech engines, Captur is a candidate to be the spearhead of a range that is increasingly pushing towards electrification, as recently confirmed by the CEO. of the Losanga Luca de Meo. The Renault Captur E-Tech range is divided into 5 configurations (Zen, Business, Intens, RS Line and Initiale Paris) with the parts list starting from 25,750 euros and going up to 31,300 euros while the RS Line version protagonist of our test drive has a cost starting from 28,700 EUR.