Renaults redesigned urban SUV has recently been launched and I think this is good for them as it has been one of their better selling models. With new curving grill and C- shaped headlights it falls neatly into place with the rest of Renault’s range. I find this new Captur to be way more attractive than the previous generation which was for me a rather awkward-looking car. Proportionally this new model seems thought out instead of just a Clio on stilts. The Captur has also grown a little, overall length has increased by 11cm and wheelbase by 2cm. The C-shaped headlights are now 100% LED on all trim levels. Renault is also bragging about 90 combinations in terms of outside colours, roof colours and customisation packs.
The Interior is also all-new for this Captur, it now includes a digital instrument cluster and a large 9.3″ portrait infotainment touchscreen. The digital instrument cluster comes in 2 sizes a 7″ and a 10.2″ with the latter including GPS navigation. An increase in interior space usually coincides with increased vehicle length, and here is no different with 536l of luggage capacity even with the Bose subwoofer installed this new Captur has best in class carrying capacity. The new interior is a typically stylish french affair.
Beneath the skin.
Under the hood of the new Captur will be 3 petrol and 2 diesel engines with a full E-Tech hybrid system being launched in 2020. First up is the TCe 100, A 1.0 turbocharged 3 cylinder with 100hp(74kw) and 160nm. This new 1.0l replaces the old 900cc triple and offers up a decent power hike. Next up is the 1.3 TCe engine offering up 130hp(96kw) and a fairly nice 240nm of torque. For those of you seeking a bit more, there is a 155hp(115kw)/270nm version and coupled to the 7-speed dual clutch should be rather entertaining. I wonder if Renault will ever consider an RS version?. Imagine a lowered, more powerful Captur sitting on some nice sticky rubber with an RS body kit!. On to the oil burners, which comprises of the same 1.5l turbo-diesel but in different states of tune 95hp(70kw)/240nm and 115hp(85kw)/260nm.
Renault has held nothing back in terms of safety and technology with a whole host of new gadgets. On the Safety front, they have included Active emergency braking, Blind Spot Warning, Traffic signal recognition and lane departure to list a few. Other nice features include the 360° camera system, reversing camera and park assist sensors. Availability of the new Captur models will depend on your locality as not all engines and trims will be offered everywhere. Best to chat to you local Renault dealer.