Renault showcases latest in drivetrain technology

Renault E-Tech models offer great combination of performance and efficiency

Reuben Van Niekerk
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Renault E-Tech

Renault are one of the pioneers of electric vehicles in Europe and they are now using their expertise in motor design, battery energy efficiency and energy recuperation and adding hybrid and rechargeable hybrid engines in order to increase accessibility to a broader consumer base.

The roll out saw Renault develop E-Tech powertrains, which are hybrid and rechargeable hybrid drivetrains for popular models such as the Clio, Captur and Megane.

E-Tech combines a traditional combustion engine with two electric motors, one for traction and the second in the form of a starter alternator. This allows the driver to enjoy 100% electric mode for up to 65km in a rechargeable hybrid E-Tech model. The electric drive, multi-mode gearbox, regenerative braking and large battery capacity all contribute to significant energy economy compared to combustion powered vehicles and result in around 40% less consumption on an urban cycle for a hybrid E-Tech model.

Two Renault E-tech models under local consideration

Renault South Africa are currently considering the Arkana and Captur Hybrid E-tech models for local introduction as these models promise a great combination between reduced fuel consumption and improved driving pleasure.

Both models utilise the same powertrain comprising of a 108kW E-Tech hybrid drivetrain that is economical and has the added benefit of reduced automotive emissions.

A four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine, adapted to hybrid technology allows for excellent performance. Fuel consumption is reduced by up to 40% compared to an internal combustion engine, adapted to hybrid technology, which allows for excellent performance.

The petrol engine contributes 70kW while the e-engine adds 36kW and the high-voltage starter generator 15kW. The motors can operate independently or in unison, directing their energy to the wheels or to the battery. Regenerative braking combined with the high self-charge capacity of the 1.2kWh batteries and the efficiency of the E-Tech system optimises consumption. These vehicles can either be driven on electric power only in urban environments or when travelling on the open road, the electric motors assist the petrol engine when power is needed. This results in a combined fuel consumption figure of 5,0 litres per 100km.

Multi sense driver modes allow the driver to optimise settings for the engine mapping, power-assisted steering, ambient lights and digital screen via three driving modes.

Sporty SUV styled Arkana

The Renault Arkana boasts sporty SUV styling as it combines robustness and elegance, a motorsport inspired splitter, gold detailing, Silverstone wheel rims with gold inserts and twin exhausts. Signature C-shaped headlights are distinctive to the Renault design language and incorporate LEDs for improved night time visibility. The SUV-coupe styling blends the unique dynamic design of the Arkana with pleasing attributes from the world of SUVs.

The interior is high tech, the dashboard features two screens, a 10.2-inch digital instrument panel and a 9.3-inch vertical touchscreen on the central console. Connectivity features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless charging.

The Arkana is built for families and rear passengers enjoy 211mm of knee room and 862mm of headroom while the boot capacity measures 480 litres.

Expanding the Captur offering with hybrid technology

The Captur E-Tech hybrid sports a gold front bumper with an F1 blade, shiny black front and rear skid plates and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The interior features an exceptional design along with a smart cockpit, 9.3-inch driver-oriented multimedia touchscreen, customisable seven-inch digital instrumentation, a unique floating console incorporating a futuristic shift lever within easy reach, clever storage space and much more.

The best of both worlds

The Arkana and Captur promise to offer the best of both worlds, including the best of French design and revolutionary technology as well as access to a more efficient yet dynamic driving experience.

Local availability

Both the Renault Arkana and Capture E-Tech hybrid models are still under consideration for local introduction and local pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to that launch date.