PARIS -- Renault will give its latest Captur small SUV a fuel-saving plug-in hybrid drivetrain as the automaker rolls out its e-Tech hybrid system across its small and compact car range.
The Captur will offer Renault's first plug-in hybrid drivetrain starting next year. The plug-in hybrid will use a 1.6-liter gasoline engine, along with two electric motors, a 9.8 kilowatt-hour battery, and charging plugs that can accommodate both household sockets and charging stations.
The Captur plug-in hybrid has a 45-km (28-mile) electric-only range. Renault has not yet announced emissions figures.
Renault has redesigned the Captur from the ground up, starting with a new platform, in an effort to return the model to the top of the small SUV segment it had led in Europe since its introduction in 2013 until this year. In the first five months, the Volkswagen T-Roc outsold the Captur. European sales of the Captur from January to May declined by 26 percent to 92,378 while T-Roc sales climbed 72 percent to 93,710, according to data from JATO Dynamics.
The exterior shape will be familiar to Captur buyers, as Renault has kept the SUV's basic silhouette while subtly changing all the body panels.
The interior is all new, with a larger central screen, "floating" console, digital instrument panel, and improved materials and fit and finish.
Renault used a similar formula for the fifth generation of the Captur's sibling model, the Clio small hatchback, which rolls out in Europe this summer.