New Renault Captur, Megane and Arkana hybrids revealed

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
October 15, 2020

Renault’s announced details of upcoming mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Captur, Megane and Arkana. Read on for full details. 

  • New Captur mild-hybrid
  • New Captur R.S. Line
  • New Megane plug-in hybrid
  • New Arkana SUV mild-hybrid
  • All due on sale in 2021
The Captur gets a mild-hybrid engine and a new R.S. Line model. 

New Renault Captur hybrid and R.S Line

You’ll now be able to buy the Renault Captur as a mild-hybrid, in addition to the plug-in hybrid that’s already on sale. The new mild-hybrid uses a 1.3-litre petrol engine with a small electric motor that helps recoup energy usually lost when you brake. It stores this energy in a 1.2kWh battery and uses it to power the motor and give the engine a boost when you accelerate.

Overall, the mild-hybrid system produces 140hp, which is 10hp more than the standard non-hybrid 1.3-litre Petrol engine and 20hp less than the plug-in hybrid version. Unlike the plug-in hybrid, you can’t drive using electrical energy alone, however.

Plenty of red details mark out the Captur R.S. Line inside. 

The new Renault Captur will also be available in a sporty R.S. Line trim (shown throughout). This adds some new bumpers with bigger air intakes, R.S. Line badging and some unique alloy wheels. Inside, the Captur R.S. Line comes with plenty of bright red stitching, more red contrasting trim on the air vents, black roof lining, metal pedal trims and carbon-fibre-effect trim on the doors.

The Renault Megane will soon be available as a plug-in hybrid. 

New Renault Megane plug-in hybrid

The Renault Megane will soon be available with a plug-in hybrid drive system. This pairs a 1.3-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a 9.8kWh battery. With a full charge, it can store enough energy for you to drive around 30 miles in electric-only mode on motorways and country roads, and up to 40 miles in town.

It’s the same hybrid system that’s already fitted to the Renault Captur plug-in hybrid, so the motor and petrol engine produce the same 160hp combined.

Renault’s upcoming Arkana SUV will come with two hybrid-engine options. 

New Renault Arkana hybrid

Renault will also launch a hybrid version of the upcoming Arkana coupe SUV. This swoopy high-riding family car is set to go on sale in the UK in 2021 and will be available with a pair of mild-hybrid 1.3-litre petrol engines with 140hp and 160hp. Click the green button below to read our in-depth story on the upcoming Renault Arkana SUV.

All these new Renault hybrids will go on sale in 2021. 

New Renault hybrids prices and release dates

The Renault Megane, Captur and Arkana hybrids will go on sale in 2021. You can expect the Captur mild-hybrid to cost less than today’s £31,000 conventional hybrid model, while the Megane plug-in hybrid will likely set you back from around £30,000.

The larger Renault Arkana is set to set you back around £26,000 in entry-level trim, but mild-hybrid models will likely cost from a few thousand pounds more.

If you can wait for these cars to hit the showrooms, check out the latest Renault offers available through carwow or compare the best hybrid cars on sale

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