2019 Renault Clio To Get An Electrified Version, Likely A Plug-In Hybrid

OCT 23 2017 BY MARK KANE 9

Renault is now developing its next generation Clio, which is expected to arrive in 2019 with an electrified version and level two autonomous driving capabilities.

Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 battery

It’s not official, but the new Clio is expected to also be made available in a plug-in hybrid version.

As Renault already offers the all-electric ZOE, having a plug-in hybrid would be complimenting the platform.

“Renault stayed tight-lipped on the details, but there’s a chance that the Hybrid Assist mild hybrid powertrain from the Mégane and Scenic could be carried over. Should the model be given a plug-in hybrid powertrain, it will be the first in the supermini segment to gain such a variant. The brand also wouldn’t specify whether one variant would feature a hybrid system, or if all variants would be electrified.”

Earlier this month Renault announced the plan to have eight BEVs and 12 electrified models by 2022.

source: Autocar

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9 Comments on "2019 Renault Clio To Get An Electrified Version, Likely A Plug-In Hybrid"

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Renault should put the series-hybrid drivetrain from the Nissan Note e-Power into the Clio….

Making it a plugin would be a lot better.

I thought exactly the same. Putting the e-power system from Nissan with a Zoe electric power train.
If they could double the size of the battery (to 3kWh) it would be fantastic.

Nah… 10+ kWh and a plug. Non-plugin hybrids are so 1997.

That the current e-power drive train is an absurdly good piece of kit. It’s simpler, more powerful, more efficient, nicer to drive and yet it costs almost exactly the same as the ICE version.
In fact it’s so good it’s the top selling car in Japan in 2017 by a 10% margin over the next highest (Prius).
You could put a bigger battery.
You could put a plug.
But then it would be more expensive than the ICE equivalent, at the moment it competes directly with ICE cars and is so much bether than them it’s basically killing them.
It will continue to do so as well as Nissan can then just ramp up battery capacity and therefore efficiency every year as costs decrease without even having to redesign or reprice the car in any respect and if they have really done their home work and the rest of the electronics support it then it might even get quicker when they do so.

The e-Power is just another ICE unless it comes with a plug and a larger battery.

So saying the “ICE version” makes no sense because the e-Power is nothing but an ICE version.

Lipstick on a polluting pig…

Except it’s a significantly less polluting pig that costs the person buying it nothing extra to acquire.
I totally agree plugins are better there is no disputing this.
But until they come at no cost there are always going to consumers and business well served by progressively more efficient ICE systems and if that is the best they can afford it’s still much better than having them buy a more polluting version.
Nissan are doing a good job of covereing as much of the cost spectrum as possible with the appropriate technology in each segment.

Then better invest in a full 40 or 50kWh full electric car. Why bother with an extra heavy ICE onboard.

PHEV version of the Clio? _Not_ the Mégane? Doesn’t make sense. The Clio already has an EV version — a.k.a. the Zoe. There’s less room in the Clio to stuff both an ICE and a decent (say 50km real AER) battery.
For the same added cost, a PHEV version of the larger Mégane would much more useful and easier to engineer (though it’s still a compact car).
In particular, a PHEV version of the very popular Mégane Scénic/Grand Scénic (MPV versions) would do well.