PARIS — Renault is introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the Megane compact hatchback and station wagon with estimated CO2 emissions of less than 40 grams per kilometer and an electric-only range of up to 65 km (40 miles).
The Megane uses a 160 hp version of Renault’s E-Tech hybrid system, which will be rolled out first on the Clio small hatchback as a conventional hybrid and Captur small SUV as a plug-in.
The system has two electric motors, an alternator/starter with 23 kilowatts and a primary propulsion motor with 49 kW, attached to a clutchless automatic gearbox.
The Megane plug-in versions have not received final certification under the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure, or WLTP, Renault said.
Renault did not release prices. The automaker said the station wagon would go on sale this summer, followed by the hatchback.
The Megane has a 9.8-kilowatt-hour 400-volt battery, which Renault says allows an electric range of 50 km in mixed-cycle use and 65 km in city driving, with a top speed of 135 kph. Recharge time is expected to be around two and a half hours for a 3 kW wall outlet.
There are three driving modes: Pure, an electric-only setting available when the battery is charged; MySense, a hybrid setting that reserves up to 40 percent of the battery power for full-electric driving; and Sport, which provides maximum power by using both electric motors and the internal-combustion engine. The E-Tech system starts the car in electric mode.