Ghosn Confirms Plug-In Hybrid Clio, Megane, Captur For Europe

OCT 2 2018 BY MARK KANE 20

Three plug-in hybrids coming.

During the unveiling of the Renault K-ZE, Carlos Ghosn announced that Renault finally will expand its approach to plug-in hybrids.

So far, thFrene ch company was offering only all-electric models. Starting from 2020, Renault will start introducing in Europe three hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of its three models Clio, Megane and Captur.

According to Ghosn, Pthe HEV powertrain called e-Tech is being developed in-house, however, we are not sure whether it means in the house of Renault or more broadly in-house of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Because synergy is something that translates into cost savings and profits, we assume that new PHEVs from Nissan and Mitsubishi – with shared powertrains – are also coming.

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20 Comments on "Ghosn Confirms Plug-In Hybrid Clio, Megane, Captur For Europe"

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viriato

At last, Renault is moving.

Very interesting the Megane and Captur PHEV with 9,8 kwh (French press source), must guarantee near 80 km range, and the technology e-Tech is a surprise, because is very innovative (as shown in Eolab Concept car) and must be good, because they could use tested and working Mitsubishi hybrid system, but they prefer use its own.

Maybe costs are an important reason for that, this system started its development as LoCoBox (low Cost gearBox), maybe the transmission is good and cheaper than e-Power of Nissan or Mitsubishi one, and this could be good news for the price.

Kimmo57

I’d say 40-50 km at the most just like the others with that battery size.

nono538

yes I bet also on this range more than 80km. Size of battery is not impressive, and not sure, but might be used an old AESC technology. Looking forward to reading about system behaviour after 1st tests. Putting cost upfront before everything as usual for Renault might reserve bad surprises sometimes. Equipped with only 1,6L n/a, 80kW gasoline eng., hence not impressive torque to be expected – around 160Nm -.

viriato

Renault probably uses a version of the new 1.3 Turbo developed with Mercedes Benz, the same engine that new A Class uses, with 115, 140 and 160 hp, and torque of 190, 240 and 260 Nm on Megane.

nono538

hopefully later to have a decent version…but not planned at the launch, it should only be a 1,6L atmo

Stephen Brown

Agreed. My Zoé ZE40 yields 6 Km/kWh in summer and 5 KM/kWh in winter.

nono538

Duster should also be part of the line-up. Mitsubishi system will be deployed on future SUV like Qashqai, X-trail, Koleos, Kadjar etc… starting 2020. Alliance R-N-M always put their internal solutions in competition but here in this case, finally each member will have his one, no real synergies. (Nissan e-Power, Renault LoCoBox “e-Tech”, MMC PHEV). LoCoBox was initially targeted to be launched early 2018….

antrik

If it comes to market in 2020, it must have been in development long before Mitsubishi joined the alliance… They might work on a common platform for later models.

antrik

Only 9.8 kWh seems surprising, considering that a lot of competitors are announcing ~13 kWh for the next PHEV generation, in order to meet the 50 g/km CO2 required for getting subsidies in parts of Europe…

Benz

When do they plan to start the production of this A-Segment EV in China?

How many do they plan to produce/sell/deliver in 2019?

nono538

Do not know but they target to sell till 100k/y I guess starting 2020/2021

wavelet

I can see the utility of a PHEV Mégane/Captur. But why bother with a PHEV Clio? They already have a BEV version, a.k.a. Zoé.
A PHEV version would be quite heavy & expensive, finding space for the battery would be difficult, and it’s much more of a city car — it isn’t primarily a long-distance car (and the 41kWh version does very nicely as it is).

antrik

I find it funny how people regularly add an accent to make it look more French, although the official spelling is ZOE 🙂

offib

Finally! They’re moving on. In the EU (Ireland and least) those Renault Group vehicles like the Qashqai and french rebadged 1.6l dci cousins were among the worst soot emitters. Maybe they had cheapo diesel particulate filters, or maybe there’s a possibility that everyone might be playing the game;

So better act now before that catches up to them.

offib

Also, wouldn’t it be obvious of these hybrids being the e-Power Nissan Notes?

chan

I think the hybrid will be the e-power and the PHEV will be the renault develop, RenauIt has no hybrid, it was not noted but nissan has a patent on the renault hybrid, which only means that anytime nissan can fit it in any vehicle.

antrik

I’m ambivalent about this. On one hand, *good* PHEVs can certainly be very helpful for people not able/willing to go full electric yet — but on the other hand, for a maker that was betting on BEVs before, it feels like a step backwards…

And with every passing year, the case for PHEVs is getting weaker. Will it really be worthwhile to start making them in 2020?…

Slufbeer

Vw planss solid state batteries in early 2020 ‘s
Why buyngg a cheap 180 km range renault kev???
Come on renault put in at leastt. 75 kwh battery
I want to drive to cote’ d azur also in 24 hours.

viriato

Because is cheap, and VW will not.
Renault has its owns plans for some new EVs in the next future.

Antonio Briz Ena

Renault loose the punch in EV. Zoe is too small and basic. Kangoo and Master ZE small battery and low horse power. Fluence ZE abandoned and never again in photo (sad, so sad cos it was the best ZE in confort saloon and eficience aero/engine and i ve got one of this).
Twizy….no coment.
And worst, every hired rented battery below 75% SOH (mine 50% real capacity now) never get replaced at all. 3 years waiting and Renault and Overlease tell me there is no battery stock and they want to scrap my Fluence ZE.
Sad Carlos G, very sad.