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

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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.

Engine lineup

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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.

Prices

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.

Competition

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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.

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The New Renault Captur has been unveiled at Geneva International Motor Show. Europe’s best-selling urban crossover in 2016 with sales of 215,670 vehicles, has reinvented itself to feature more distinctive styling and new advanced technologies, without sacrificing any of its user-friendliness. For the first time, a range-topping Captur Signature S Nav version will be available.

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Bolder looks, more colour choice inside and out

The New Captur builds on the model’s original success, including its striking two-tone colour scheme, with three new body colours: Desert Orange, Ocean Blue and Amethyst as well as a new Mercury Silver option for the roof. There will be 36 potential combinations enable customers to tailor the appearance of their New Captur to match their personal taste.

The New Captur also offers seven different interior touch packs in the following colours: Ivory, Blue, Caramel, Red, Bronze-tinted Chrome, Satin Chrome and Smoked Chrome. These are complemented by exterior customisation packs in a choice of six colours: Ivory, Blue, Cappuccino, Red, Satin Chrome and Orange (hub caps and side sill protector).

Full-LED ‘Pure Vision’ front lights (depending on version) enhance both the vehicle’s look and safety, while reducing glare. At the bottom of the bumper, New Captur incorporates the C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights that have become recognised as the brand’s lighting signature. The rear lights similarly include this hallmark, which is visible both night and day.

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Captur has evolved by taking a step closer in style to its bigger sibling, the Kadjar. The radiator grille has been modified to bring it more into line with the Renault brand’s other crossovers, with the addition of a chrome strip. At both the front and rear, the bumper incorporates new skid plates in evidence of the Captur’s adventurous credentials.

Three types of wheel are available across the range: one 16-inch rim (Adventure) and two 17-inch wheels (Emotion and Explore).

New Captur can be specified with a fixed glass roof (depending on version). Available exclusively in the vehicle’s two-tone configuration, this new feature provides an even brighter cabin.

The cabin is more refined, benefitting from high-quality plastics, sleek chrome and elegantly subdued colours. The steering wheel is made from more upmarket materials and, on certain versions, comes trimmed with full-grain leather. The gear lever boasts a more modern appearance, while the door panels have been revised to seamlessly incorporate buttons and controls. The LED ceiling light provides individual reading lights.

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Available on some versions, new seats have been designed to be more cosseting, offering additional lateral support and greater comfort. At the same time, the New Captur retains its most practical features, including the availability of removable upholstery and Grip Xtend, depending on trim level.

“The Captur was the first model in Renault’s new crossover line-up. It was important for us to refresh its external appearance in line with the newer models in the range, the Kadjar and the forthcoming Koleos. We also enhanced the quality inside the cabin by replacing injection-moulded plastic with trimmed materials, and the choice of colours and fabrics is now more sophisticated too. We have paid great attention to every detail overall and the strength of the car. We have upgraded the fit and finish of the car.” Mario Polla Captur Design Project Manager

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All-New Signature S Nav trim level

A chrome-detailed grille immediately sets the New Captur Signature S apart. Careful attention has also been paid to the front and rear skid plates, which feature a more metallic grey finish. The same effect is visible around the windows and drip seals, which are picked out in gloss black. Signature S versions enjoy a specific range of colours, including the new Amethyst launch option.

The interior ambience of the New Captur Signature S is just as exclusive, with heated Nappa leather seats, full-grain Nappa leather trimming for the steering wheel, chrome embellishments, leather-trimmed doorpanels, aluminium pedals and aluminium door sills.

Finally, all of the in-car technologies available as options for the New Captur, including Blind Spot Warning, Easy Park Assist, hands-free entry and keyless ignition, are standard in the Signature S. These features are complemented by a premium BOSE® audio system and the very latest version of Renault’s R-LINK multimedia system, which grants access to all of the car’s multimedia functions with a single click, as well as all relevant smartphone applications courtesy of Android Auto™.

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Advanced multimedia systems

The BOSE® Premium Sound System transforms the Captur’s cabin into a veritable concert hall, producing authentic, clear and realistic music, worthy of a live performance. This audio experience is achieved via a system based on seven high-definition BOSE® loudspeakers including a subwoofer in the boot.

Three multimedia systems are fitted according to equipment level: R&GO, Media Nav and R-LINK Even from its entry equipment level, the New Captur is completely connected courtesy of the new version of R&GO, Renault’s simple, smart system that transforms the user’s smartphone into a connected tablet installed in its universal cradle. This practical system enables the user to intuitively access the car’s most useful functions, including navigation via an in-app purchase, telephone, multimedia and vehicle data.

Certain versions are equipped with Media Nav – a comprehensive multimedia system that offers excellent value for money, considering the wealth of features it incorporates: navigation with traffic information, Bluetooth handsfree calling, audio streaming via the user’s smartphone, plus a Driving Eco2 function to optimise driving performance and fuel consumption.

Renault R-LINK provides the New Captur with an advanced multimedia system. More customisable than ever, it comes with a 7-inch screen. It incorporates navigation with real-time traffic updates, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, media playback (photos, videos) and a wide variety of applications via Renault’s R-LINK Store, as well as management of the vehicle’s driving aids (depending on version).

For the first time R-LINK is compatible with Android Auto™. Available as standard with the R-LINK system, Android Auto grants users easy and direct access – via the 7-inch R-LINK display – to smartphone applications: telephone functions, navigation, music and messages.

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Blind Spot Warning and easier parking

For the first time, the Captur incorporates Blind Spot Warning, available on certain versions. Four sensors work together to detect the presence of moving vehicles in the door mirror blind spots, including motorbikes and bicycles. When a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind spot for longer than a second, a warning indicator immediately lights up in the door mirror. Active at speeds between 19mph and 87mph, this technology makes motoring safer for everybody.

In addition to its rear parking sensors, and depending on version, the New Captur is also available with front parking sensors and a reverse parking camera to simplify manoeuvring and help to avoid the bumps and scrapes that are an everyday risk in built-up areas.

Another new addition – available for higher-end versions – is the Hands Free Parking function, which significantly facilitates parking manoeuvres. The driver begins by indicating what type of parking space they are looking for, be it parallel, perpendicular or at an angle. When the vehicle is travelling at speeds below 19mph, this system detects all available spaces. Once a suitable space has been identified, the system calculates and co-ordinates the vehicle’s steering, meaning the driver does not need to touch the wheel and can focus solely on acceleration and braking.

Renault continues to refresh its product range and reassert its commitment to customer choice in crossovers, and will soon offer three different models:

The New Captur: a customisable, B-segment urban crossover, available in the UK from summer 2017.
The Kadjar: unveiled in Europe in 2015, the Kadjar is an attractive C-segment crossover designed for getting off the beaten track.
The New Koleos: unveiled in 2016 and set to arrive in the UK in summer 2017. This D-segment vehicle artfully blends all the qualities expected of a crossover with the equipment and performance of a saloon car.

These three vehicles share Renault’s hallmark French design, underscoring their dynamism and strength, as well as increasingly refined and comfortable cabins.

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4 comments:

  (100) posted on 09.27.2012

Ewww. What the heck?! Is that a design ?

  (116) posted on 09.24.2012

I really don’t like the exterior!. It’s really ridiculous especially the color. Very distracting.

  (105) posted on 09.24.2012

What the ?!?! My Gosh! An Awful car.

  (780) posted on 09.20.2012

How they define “futuristic”? Hmm.. Well, based on what I’m seeing, they are quite good in making futuristic cars.

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