At the unveiling of the second generation Captur a few months ago, Renault announced a plug-in hybrid variant that will follow next year without divulging its specs.
However, according to AutomobileMagazine, it seems that it will feature a 90 PS (89 hp / 66 kW) 1.6-liter petrol engine paired to a 70 PS (69 hp / 51 kW) electric motor and a starter-alternator. Total output should be around 160 PS (158 hp / 118 kW), and the battery, with a confirmed capacity of 9.8 kWh, will give it a range of 45 km (28 miles) at a maximum speed of 135 km/h (83 mph).
Those interested in Renault’s plug-in hybrid subcompact SUV will reportedly have to wait until next spring, when it’s expected to launch. In the meantime, they will have to settle for one of three petrol and two diesel power units, with outputs ranging between 100 and 155 PS (99-153 hp / 73-114 kW) for the former, and 95 and 115 PS (94-113 hp / 70-85 kW) for the latter. All variants of the new Captur are offered solely with front-wheel drive.
This plug-in hybrid powertrain is thought to be eventually adopted by the facelifted version of the Megane, which is already undergoing testing. Furthermore, the second-gen Nissan Juke is believed to be a good candidate for getting a PHEV variant as well, as it’s based on the same CMF-B platform of the new Captur and Clio.