PARIS -- Renault is pricing the full-hybrid version of the Captur small SUV at 27,100 euros to 29,700 euros ($31,900 to $34,970) in France, as it offers a lower-emissions alternative to the diesel engines that have fallen out of favor with buyers.
The full-hybrid version was not originally in Renault's product planning. It was approved for production last year by new CEO Luca de Meo.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Captur was launched last year, at a starting price of 33,700 euros before incentives.
Gasoline versions of the Captur, the best-selling small SUV in Europe, start at 18,600 euros, with the top of the line diesel model at 32,000 euros.
The hybrid Captur will use the same version of Renault's E-Tech hybrid system as the Clio small car and new Arkana compact coupe-style SUV, which mates two electric motors to a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine. The E-Tech system is also available, in plug-in form, on the Megane compact hatchback and station wagon.
The modular E-Tech system will be a mainstay of Renault's future lineup, where it will be combined with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine to provide more than 250 hp for larger models, coupled with bigger electric motors and larger batteries.