Renault showed up to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with the cool Captur — a concept car with a very futuristic design language first seen on the DeZir Concept. Nothing much was said about this concept’s production, much like every other concept, but today Renault announced that the production version Captur will be unveiled in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The production version takes both the spirit and the name of the concept and combines them with elements from the new generation Clio hatchback.
The new Captur will be built on the same platform as the new Clio, but it will feature "a high-up driving position, large boot, modular interior and innovative stowage solutions." Under the hood the model will be offered with the same engine line-up as the new Clio, so customers will have to choose between both petrol and diesel engines.
After the Captur, Renault will be unveiling a larger SUV based on the Nissan Quashqai.
Updated 01/11/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the new Renault Captur.
Exterior and interior
The new Renault Captur features "smooth, fluid, balanced forms" with design elements inspired by the concept version, like the front fascia and that cool forward position of the steeply raked windscreen. The new Captur will be offered with an original two-tone color scheme, combined with large-diameter wheels and sill guards.
The new crossover measures 4.12 meters in length (157.5 inches), so it offers a generous interior space, a high-up driving position, large cargo area, modular interior and innovative stowage solutions.
The new Captur offers a combination of colors and motifs, so the cabin is warm and relaxing. As standard equipment, the crossover will offer hands-free entry, hill start assist and rear parking sensors. For those customers that want to further customize their model, Renault will also offer connected, in-dash Renault R-Link touchscreen multimedia tablet, plus a system that comprises six loudspeakers, Bluetooth connectivity, audio-streaming and Arkamys hi-fi sound.
Under the hood, Renault will place a choice of both petrol and diesel engines, combined with the very latest Renault technologies. Final specifications will be unveiled during the car’s debut in Geneva, but Renault has promised the new crossover will return best-in-class fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, starting from as low as 96g/km.
The new Renault Captur will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, with sales to begin later in the summer. Prices will be announced at a later date.
Renault developed their new Captur as direct competition for Nissan Juke. In Europe, the Nissan model is offered with a choice of one diesel and two 1.6-Liter gas-burning units, with power ranging from 110 horsepower to 190 horsepower.
Despite its bulky exterior look, the Juke has stolen the hearts of many European customers and the new Captur will have to try very hard if it wants to become a success on the market.
Looks quite good
Both petrol and diesel engines
No specifications yet
Renault Captur, a crossover on the outside
Renault Captur’s smooth, fluid, balanced forms express an assertive yet unostentatious personality. Its robust, status-enhancing look takes its inspiration form the Captur concept car, from which Renault has carried over both the spirit which guided its design, as well its evocative name. The lines of Renault’s new crossover are perceived as unpretentious, yet the forward position of its steeply-raked windscreen emphasises its dynamic stance.
The combination of its compact volumes, raised ground clearance, large-diameter wheels and sill guards will enable it to take every aspect of everyday motoring in its stride.
Renault Captur will be easy to customise and notably comes with an original two-tone colour scheme which produces an attractive contrast between the roof and pillars and the rest of the body work.
Renault Captur, an MPV inside
Despite its compact footprint (length: 4m12), Renault Captur exudes a real sense of interior space which is underpinned by the forward position of its windscreen and its generous interior dimensions.
Its exclusive, colourful cabin is warm and relaxing, and this first impression is reinforced by a selection of interior customisation solutions founded on a choice of colours and motifs for the different trim features.
Renault Captur also boasts the appointments and comfort refinements expected of an MPV, such as a high-up driving position, large boot, modular interior and innovative stowage solutions.
The standard Renault Captur will have an equipment specification worthy of that of the next segment up, including hands-free entry, hill start assist and rear parking sensors.
Also available will be the new, connected, in-dash Renault R-Link touchscreen multimedia tablet, plus a system that comprises six loudspeakers, Bluetooth® connectivity, audio-streaming and Arkamys® hi-fi sound.
Renault Captur, the agility and driving enjoyment of a compact saloon car
Renault Captur is based on the same platform as New Clio, acclaimed as a B-segment benchmark when it comes to driving pleasure. It consequently delivers best-level dynamics, from road holding to engine response and agile handling.
The petrol and diesel engines available for the model benefit from the very latest Renault technologies and will return best-in-class fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, starting from as low as 96g/km.
Renault Captur will be manufactured at Renault’s Valladolid plant in Spain and will be unveiled at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.