Renault Captur Rive Gauche, New Limited Edition Released

Renault Captur Rive Gauche, New Limited Edition Released

New limited version of the Rombo brand’s B-SUV. The Renault Captur Rive Gauche exemplifies the French capital’s elegance with a more refined treatment both inside and out. A feature accessible only with the two E-Tech hybrid engines.

The Rombo brand’s tiny B-SUV is a great seller in Europe. The French company has chosen to offer a limited edition to gratify consumers who are devoted to the most efficient technology and most sustainable transportation with an edition that is more elegant than sporty.

This is the new Renault Captur Rive Gauche’s specification. A limited edition that has been offered in the Italian market and is distinguishable from the rest of the Captur finishes by the presence of black elements. On the outside, the radiator grille and “lozenge,” as well as the ornamental inlays on the front wings, the 18-inch alloy wheels, the external rear-view mirrors, and even the fin-shaped antenna, have been painted this hue.

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The pillars of the windshield, roof, and rear emblem are also painted in this hue, creating a contrast with the eight body colors that have been carefully chosen to maintain the contrast. Renault has also devoted particular attention to the inside, which has a lot of black.

The door panels, headlining, dashboard plastic, and ornamental moldings throughout the cabin, including the gloss finish on the dashboard in the front passenger section, are all upholstered in black fabric. The Gauls devised this special edition based on the “Intens” finish, which already has excellent basic equipment, but adds two new possibilities.

Not only is the Renault Captur Rive Gauche a more attractive SUV, but also boasts an impressive degree of efficiency. The company has paired this limited-edition model with two electrified variants equipped with “E-Tech” technology: the self-recharging hybrid and the plug-in hybrid. The first has 145 horsepower, while the second has 160 horsepower. Both will be accessible in April to Italian clients.

The primary selling element in the lesser segments of the market is pricing. Each euro is valuable, which is why producers push the selling prices to their utmost. Hybrid or plug-in hybrid systems add to the ultimate cost, which is not appealing in this market. The Renault Captur E-TECH, on the other hand, dared to break through that barrier by providing a concept that is now impossible to visualize in the tiniest components of each dwelling.

On the market, the Renault Captur is a well-known vehicle. It has been accessible since 2013, and a second version has been available since 2019, which improves on every aspect of its predecessor. The modifications have been dramatic on all levels except the aesthetic, which retains a relatively similar appearance, but with creative permissions consistent with the house’s new design philosophy. It has a strong resemblance to the Renault Clio, the car from which it is derived.

Clio and Captur are both built on the CMF platform. A entirely new architecture designed to accommodate the most cutting-edge technology. Not only is the new Captur a superior product as a result of it, but it may also benefit from various propulsion systems, as is the case with the model in issue. Plug-in hybrid technology is uncommon in the B-SUV sector, since its primary disadvantage, as previously stated, is the additional expense, which may be unappealing to many purchasers.

Previously, we were aware of and tested numerous versions of the Captur. We got the chance to study the Renault Captur 1.3 TCe 130 horsepower with automatic gearbox the last time it came through our hands. We were pleasantly delighted by the tiny SUV’s deft handling and nice demeanor.

Above all, we were happy with the significant improvement over the prior model, which was almost unremarkable in almost any way. With that foundation, developing a plug-in hybrid model makes logical, but does it make economic sense? Let us examine it.

On the surface, the Captur E-TECH is almost identical to its brethren. The specialized stickers and logos are optional items that you may or may not consider when setting this version. The customisation program is broad, allowing each customer to choose solutions that are unique to their tastes.

The plug-in hybrid unit’s primary distinguishing feature is concealed in the right rear wing, where it conceals a charging connection port. A recharge that, as we shall see later, is not very beneficial.

External conservatism is maintained from the outside to the inside. Alternative technologies are no longer sufficient justification for hazardous design. Renault’s mission is founded on naturalness and ordinary living.

The components are arranged similarly to those on a diesel or gasoline Captur. The few variations are in the plug-in hybrid system’s specific menus and various indicators that enable us to rapidly identify consumption, charge level, and electric autonomy.

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This implies that the characteristics we previously understood are preserved. Places a premium on the perception of apparent excellence. Despite its little size, the French have opted to include components from a higher sector. Soft materials with a pleasing touch contribute to the overall sense of quality felt by all inhabitants. Up to five passengers, three of whom sit on a rear bench seat with ample legroom and headroom.

The Renault Captur, like the Renault Modus in its day, offers modular options characteristic of a minivan. The second row of chairs has a longitudinal travel of 16 millimeters. This enables you to extend or contract the cargo area as needed. The boot must have a minimum capacity of 265 litres. 157 liters less than a non-hybridized version, since the batteries eliminate the trunk’s split bottom.

In terms of equipment, it’s worth noting that Renault is once again devoted to supplying usual premium sector features. Among the optional equipment are full LED headlights, keyless entry and start, a digital instrument panel, a multimedia system with a vertical touch screen up to 9.3 inches, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a navigator, a parking camera, and air conditioning, as well as a slew of driving assistants and safety systems that earn it five Euro NCAP stars. If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to check out our Renault Captur purchasing guide.

However, let us move on to the very critical aspects of the plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Captur E-TECH is equipped with a 1,598 cubic centimeter four-cylinder gasoline engine capable of producing 90 horsepower on its own. It is equipped with two front electric motors, albeit only one of them is capable of driving the vehicle. It boosts the output by 49 horsepower, bringing the total to 160 peak horsepower.

The electric motors are coupled to a 7.5 kWh lithium-ion battery located in the back center. A battery that does not have a quick charge in order to save money. This takes us to one of the Captur E-primary TECH’s disadvantages: recharge time.

The maximum capacity of the recovery system is 3.7 kW. If we connect the automobile to a socket of such power, we can recharge the battery completely in three hours; but, if we connect it to a regular socket, the period increases to five hours.

These are excessive gaps that will need us to keep the automobile linked throughout the night. Fast charges in shots are not achievable away from home. In our test, we linked the automobile to a high-speed outlet capable of 50 kW, but after an hour, we barely recovered enough autonomy to go 10 kilometers. In other words, we recover 2,815 kWh in one hour. For such a lengthy period of time, such a little fee. Naturally, the recharge may be scheduled to occur during the less costly hours of the power bill.

If we want to take full benefit of the Renault Captur E-potential, TECH’s we must have a charging station, either at home or at the workplace. Otherwise, we will be unable to take use of all available technologies, not to mention increasing the car’s running costs, since consumption without a battery skyrockets to levels comparable to those of a diesel but somewhat less than those of a gasoline version. as our experiments have shown.

A typical mixed journey (60 percent city, 40% highway) might cost as low as 1.4 or 1.7 liters of petrol, depending on traffic circumstances and driver behavior. Without the battery, the consumption increases to 4.8 – 5.1 liters. The battery lasted between 30 and 52 kilometers throughout our week of testing, depending on the surroundings and temperature. The duration of cold days is greatly reduced.

One obvious benefit is the DGT’s ZERO certification of the Captur E-TECH. The ability to roam freely without being bound by low emission zones or procedures is becoming an increasingly rare privilege. Likewise, not having to pay to leave the vehicle on the street is advantageous. To be sure, it’s more convenient to operate in the traditional manner. Park and disregard any time restrictions or restrictions. For these reasons, it is a perfect automobile for individuals who spend the most of their time in cities.

If our daily journeys do not take us through metropolitan areas or to the outskirts, we will make extensive use of the Captur’s plug-in hybrid technology. We will punish lengthy excursions when fuel consumption will increase significantly, but not enough to make a non-electric type obsolete. Although we reiterate that it is vital to have a charging socket nearby in order to take use of all the benefits. If you do not have it, it is pointless.

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After all, as previously said, an electric vehicle to the degree of this E-TECH increases the purchase price. Renault Captur E-TECH starts at 27,470 euros. There is a difference of 6,177 euros when compared to a 155-horsepower gasoline engine with automatic gearbox. That is a significant amount of money in such a tiny part, and one to bear in mind. The disparity will only narrow as we continue to travel in 100 percent electric mode. As a result, if we do not take action, the conclusion is self-evident: it is not worthwhile.

However, it is not just the efficiency, savings, and label that will convince you to purchase a plug-in hybrid Captur; other factors such as behavior must also be considered. In general, the Captur is one of the better solutions available now in this market (see our guide to the best small SUVs ). The value for money is exceptional, and no other product in the sector, with the exception of the Skoda Kamiq, comes close. On the drive, a very resolute automobile is shown that has the characteristics of a small.

It is smooth during quiet driving and becomes more tense as the speed increases. The city, the suburbs, or basic highways with acceptable speeds are its natural habitats. Although it cannot be described as a horrible SUV dynamically, the fact is that it is not an agile vehicle. While it handles well on a winding road, it clearly likes tight bends in town. It presupposes no difficulty since it is fully reasonable and comprehensible.

Engineers designed the powertrain with the Renault ZOE in mind, the company’s all-electric car. It is not a plug-in hybrid, as the most are. It lacks paddles behind the steering wheel to choose between regeneration modes, but it does feature a position B on the gear lever that improves the car’s retention capacity to the point where it becomes a near-single-pedal PHEV. The difference between modes A and B is significant, and over time, it’s simple to drain the system’s energy in order to recharge more or less as we circulate.

It is simple to use, which will be welcomed by individuals making the switch from a combustion engine to an electric vehicle. Even its driving modes, Pure, Sport, and My Sense, are intuitive. The latter enables us to tailor driving to our preferences by adjusting a variety of aspects, not only mechanical ones like as air conditioning. Bear in mind that each resource conserved equates to an additional kilometer of autonomy.

Pure mode optimizes the vehicle’s efficiency. The components’ reaction softens, making the Captur a gentler automobile. On the contrary, Sport mode maximizes the motor’s potential. The whole vehicle is strained, and in this situation, the gasoline engine is always running in order to react to the smallest driver demand. The punch is so effective that more horses emerge in addition to those mentioned in the technical sheet.

Finally, there is an EV mode. When we activate it, we are informing the system that we want to drive ourselves only on electricity. The gasoline engine is switched off and will remain so whenever feasible until power needs become too great or the battery can no longer move the automobile.

Also, we may instruct the automobile to save the remaining battery. This e-safe mode is perfect for road trips when we know the fuel consumption will be low and we can save the battery for more difficult terrain, such as city driving, hence reducing overall consumption.

In a nutshell, is it worthwhile to pay a little more on a plug-in hybrid B-SUV? The answer is that it is situational. If your typical mode of transport takes you through the streets of a large city or its suburbs and you have access to a charging station, this compensates for you.

The cost is increased not only in the purchase of the model, but also in the installation of a charging outlet if you do not already have one. The benefits are obvious: reduced fuel consumption, superior performance, and advantages while commuting in the city.

On the other hand, if these are not your conditions, we feel that switching to a PHEV is not really beneficial for you. The vehicle’s cost is much greater, and since we will not be using the electrical advantages, the outcome will be that not just the product, but also the operational cost will be higher. Without the battery, consumption increases to that of a thermal engine, thus it is better to go for a diesel, gasoline, or even LPG variant.