PARIS – Renault is expanding its range of electrified vehicles with a full-hybrid version of the Captur small SUV, after launching a plug-in hybrid Captur this summer.
In addition to high-voltage hybrids, Renault is introducing 12-volt mild hybrid drivetrains on its 1.3-liter gasoline engine, which was co-developed with Daimler. The mild hybrids, which incorporate an electric starter/alternator, will appear on the Captur and the coming Arkana coupe-styled compact SUV. They are available with 140 hp or 160 hp.
The new drivetrain options will be available in the first half of 2021, Renault said.
Renault’s hybrids are built around the automaker’s E-Tech system, which has a clutchless transmission with two electric motors that Renault says allows for longer electric-only range, especially in urban driving.