Renault Rafale E-Tech 4×4 300 HP: the plug-in hybrid boasts sportiness

The launch of the Renault Rafale surprised many because the French firm's SUV range was already quite extensive. They have managed to find space for a large model, which is 4.71 meters long, and which is very focused on electrification. At the beginning, a very interesting hybrid version was announced, but the top of the range was yet to arrive. Its about Renault Rafale E-Tech 4×4 300 HPthe most capable and efficient plug-in hybrid variant that will arrive from autumn.

The propulsion system of this example is made up of the same base as the hybrid. The 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo engine appears with an increase in power (up to 150 HP) and is linked to three electric motors (one more than the HEV). We are talking about a main motor that drives the front axle (50 kW), another main motor permanently connected to the rear axle (100 kW) and a secondary HSG of 25 kW. The result is a joint power of 300 HP and 230 Nm of torque that allow him to boast of a certain sportsmanship.

The features of the Renault Rafale E-Tech 4×4 are quite outstanding and it is capable of doing the 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds (compared to 8.9 seconds for the normal hybrid), it has a recovery from 80 to 120 km/h in 4.0 seconds and can complete the kilometer from a standstill in 26.9 seconds. However, not only these numbers matter, but also their efficiency. It has a 22 kWh and 400 V lithium-ion battery, which is what allows it to achieve a electric autonomy of up to 100 kilometers.

It is a very notable fact and is accompanied by the joint autonomy of up to 1,000 kilometers adding a full tank of gasoline. Because its approval data is a consumption of 0.7 l/100km with a full battery and 5.8 l/100km in the case of no charge. The Rafale E-Tech 4×4 can be recharged at a power of 7.4 kW in a Wallbox to reach 100%. in less than three hours (80% in two hours and ten minutes). It also boasts predictive hybrid driving to be more efficient.

The Renault Rafale E-Tech 4×4 presents several driving modes depending on the use of one propulsion system or another:

  • Hybrid: combines gasoline and electricity.
  • Electric: only electricity with power limited to 160 HP and a maximum speed of 135 km/h, as long as there is a battery.
  • E-save: uses the combustion engine to charge the battery up to 25% and save it to reach an urban area, for example.

You can also choose between Comfort, Dynamic and Sport modes for the models that have the 4Control advanced suspension; always added to the Eco, Comfort, Sport and Personal that come by default. Refering to all wheel driveup to 100% of the torque can be delivered independently to either of the two axles, although front-wheel drive is prioritized up to 70 km/h and rear-wheel drive above that speed.

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