2017 – RENAULT CAPTUR X-TRONIC CVT
The Renault Captur has won the public thanks to its sensual and stylish design, SUV features and all the offer of ‘easy life’ and connectivity. Now the SUV brings the option of the X-TRONIC CVT transmission, which provides even more comfort allied to fuel economy. The X-TRONIC CVT transmission, widely used by the Renault-Nissan Alliance around the world, is available in Captur 1.6 SCe. The marriage of modern continuously variable transmission – which has six-speed simulated option – with the new 1.6 SCe engine ensures a smooth and quiet ride at cruising speed. As this transmission has no gear changes, driving is always smooth. When you outside buy winter car covers protection from rain and snow. In addition, the engine can be kept in constant rotation, aiding in the lower fuel consumption. Captur CVT is the result of the development of the engineering team of Renault TecnologiaAméricas (RTA), whose objective is to develop products tailored to the needs and profile of the Latin American consumer. Captur has run more than 1.5 million kilometers in Brazil alone. With the offer of the CVT transmission, Captur now offers the most complete line of versions in the market. There are two options of motorization and three of transmissions to satisfy the taste of all the customers. The 1.6 SCe manual is indicated to those who privilege consumption and pleasure when driving. The 1.6 SCe X-TRONIC CVT appeals to those who seek comfort for large urban centers and do not give up economics. The automatic 16V 2.0 is an option for those looking for more performance. Both the 1.6 SCe engine and the 2.0 16V engine bring technologies that Renault has developed on the Formula 1 track, a category in which the brand has already won 12 world titles.
What is CVT transmission?
CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) offers continuously variable speed relationships, that is, it has ‘infinite gears’. The biggest differential over a traditional automatic transmission is the absence of gears. As a feature, this transmission is economical and allows continuous acceleration, without stride, which gives the impression that the car never changes gears. Its operation is as follows: a metal belt connects two pulleys with a V-shaped groove and variable width. The primary, also known as conductive, receives the motor torque, while the secondary one transmits to the differential. Each pulley has two cones that can move away or approach by means of a hydraulic system, reducing or increasing the width of the channel where the belt passes. According to the demand of the driver, this distance or approach of the cones increases or reduces the speed of the car. When the cones are together, the channel becomes narrower and the radius of the pulley increases. At low gear, the primary pulley has a smaller radius, while the secondary pulley has a larger radius. As the car accelerates, the movement of the pulleys is reversed and the gear ratio becomes larger. The distance between the pulleys is fixed. Thus, the X-TRONIC CVT transmission presents a multitude of speeds between the smallest and largest ratios.
X-TRONIC CVT: Modern transmission
The X-TRONIC CVT transmission provides maximum comfort, especially for large urban centers, while also ensuring fuel economy. One of its differentials is management software that gives the driver the option to play six speeds virtually. The X-TRONIC CVT transmission offers, in all versions, the possibility of manual shift in the gear lever. To the driver, position the handle on the left to take control. The option offers an advantage in performance, especially in overtaking and starting. The X-TRONIC CVT offers fuel economy thanks to the high technology embedded. This transmission brings longer relations in comparison to others of the market, without giving up of performance and pleasure when driving. In addition, it features an advanced belt and pulley system and a smaller, more evolved oil pump.
The X-TRONIC CVT accelerations are steady and efficient. The development of this transmission was based on three pillars: linearity, agility and drivability. The effect can be seen in speed resumes or traffic light outputs, for example. For the passengers, the sensation is of comfort, without there being any stride. The X-TRONIC CVT gearbox brings an additional transmission, ensuring smaller size and weight of the set. This solution allows the mechanical assembly to be 10% smaller and 13% lighter. In addition, since the pulleys do not come into contact with the oil, the friction level was reduced by 30%. Thinking about comfort, there is the Lock-up system with Active Slip Control. In this system, the pulley is released gradually so that the torque is transmitted linearly. This feature ensures accelerations with stronger and non-alternating responses, as it ‘holds’ the pulley and releases it gradually so the torque is transmitted linearly and quickly. The box that equips Captur is produced by Jatco, a company of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This next-generation continuously variable transmission already equips dozens of models worldwide.
2017 – RENAULT CLIO
With the latest generation launched in 2012, the Renault Clio is currently the most successful model of the French brand. As it reached its commercial cycle, the brand presented its restyling, updating its image so that it maintains its appeal and continues to add units to more than 13 million Renault Clio sold in the last 26 years. The new Renault Clio continues to offer the five-door body and the Sport Tourer. The first units will arrive in September. The changes in the new Renault Clio are not very radical, perhaps because it was the car that debuted the current brand image of Renault, which has evolved slightly within its style. The new Renault Clio renews its sporty-looking front bumper, the front grille and debuts new Full-LED headlights in the higher-end versions. Daytime running lights are incorporated into the main headlights in some versions. At the rear, the bumper was slightly modified. Also emerging with the restyling are four new body colors as well as new designs of alloy wheels. The catalog of customization options is also wider. Inside all the tapestries have been renovated, while the visual and touch quality of the interior plastics improves, with the chrome interior giving the matte finish fainter.
The mechanical supply of the renewed Renault Clio counts on the side of the diesel engines the block 1.5 dCi in versions of 75, 90 and 110 hp. The most powerful is the only one that offers six-speed manual transmission, while the 90-hp can be associated with the automatic dual-clutch EDC transmission. The gasoline line includes the engine 1.2 aspirated of 75 hp, as well as the 0.9 TCe of 90 hp and 1.2 TCe of 120 hp. The less powerful two are coupled to the five-speed manual transmission, but the 120-hp is now offered with six-speed manual transmission or EDC. The Renault Clio also gets some news on the equipment, such as the sound system signed by Bose, the front parking sensors, the rear view camera and Park Assist. There will be three multimedia systems to choose from, such as the new R & Go, Media Nav Evolution and Renault R-Link Evolution. Although in France there is already the Renault Clio Initiale Paris, with the arrival of restyling the model will offer this new top-of-the-line finish in other countries. In this version will be offered exclusive colors and materials, such as leather upholstered seats, with the steering wheel and the Nappa leather shift lever. In addition, serial will come equipped with elements such as Bose sound system, Full LED headlights, parking camera, R-Link Evolution and Park Assist. The Renault Clio Initiale Paris will be marketed, at least in France, with 90- and 120-hp TCe engines, as well as 90- and 110-hp diesel blocks, and may have the same transmission options as the rest of the line.
2017 – RENAULT CLIO RS
Last month, the fourth generation of the Renault Clio received a slight update after four years on the market, which brought with it a few outside changes. With this update, the French brand allows Clio to face the last stage of commercial life of its current generation, until the arrival of its new generation. But now comes the turn of the most dynamic versions: the Clio RS and Clio GT Line. Like the rest of the Clio IV phase 2 line, the RS and GT Line also debut a partially renewed front thanks to the incorporation of new front optical groups, which for the first time have Full LED RS Vision technology. The headlights also incorporate LED daytime running lights, with a unique light signature on the RS version. The Clio RS also features LED squares with the shape of a checkered flag, located on the bumper, while the Trophy version adopts an exclusive exhaust system, signed by the Slovenian brand Akrapovic. Renault Sport offers the Clio RS with two different engines, the 200 EDC with 200 hp and the 220 EDC of 220 hp, which in both cases are combined with an EDC automatic transmission of double clutch and six speeds. In addition, customers can choose between three types of chassis, called Sport, Cup and Trophy. The Sport privileges daily use and uses alloy wheels of 17 or 18 inches, while the Cup is an option that moves between both worlds, balancing their daily use with possible trips to the circuit. In the Trophy, its use is directly oriented to use in circuit, being offered only with wheels of 18 inches and lowered suspension. The Trophy also uses the exhaust system of the Akrapovic with double output. The 200 hp engine is offered along with Sport and Cup versions, while the 220 hp units are exclusive to the Trophy. With the most powerful engine, the new Clio RS 2017 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds. The new Clio RS have three modes of driving RS Drive (Normal, Sport and Race) in addition to the launch control system.
Renault Clio GT Line
Equipped with the GT Line package, the new Clio gets a sporty look, especially the specific front bumper with painted details in Dark Metal, which are repeated in the rear bumper. In addition to that, they have some specific aerodynamic additions, while the alloy wheels can be 16 or 17 inches. Inside, the leather-trimmed leather-trimmed steering wheel, the special upholstery and the aluminum pedals stand out.
2017 – RENAULT CLIO GT LINE
This week Renault presented in Europe the new Clio RS and Clio GT-Line, although the latter had released only four images that did not show the details. But now, thanks to a more complete photo gallery, Clio’s most dynamic-looking package is shown completely. This is an interesting finish, just like in RS, debuts the new main headlights in LEDs, in addition to a specific body kit, which adds more aggressive bumpers, which combine the color of the body with some accessories in the Dark Metal color. That same aluminum-colored detail extends into the frames and the rear airfoil, while the alloy wheels can be up to 17 inches. In relation to the interior, it has a sports steering wheel with three spokes and flat base coated in perforated leather, with the ‘GT Line’ emblem on its base, while the interior tapestry and plastics are in black color and the aluminumpedals . In addition, it has some blue details on the ventilation linings, shift lever and seat seam, while the ‘GT Line’ emblem is embroidered on the head restraints of the front seats. The door sills are metallic, completing an aesthetic that transmits a greater dynamism. The new Clio GT-Line will be available with the 1.2-liter 120 hp TCe engine in combination with a six-speed manual transmission or the dual-clutch, six-speed EDC transmission. For now the French brand has not indicated whether it will offer some of the dCi diesel engines with this version. The new Clio GT-Line will hit the European market in October.