Brian Joss –
The new RENAULT CAPTUR Crossover is likely to be a serious contender in South Africa’s highly competitive B-segment small utility vehicle (SUV) category, the French manufacturer said.
While the practical Captur has the attributes of a standard SUV, it has the personality of a SUV and the spaciousness of an MPV with the dynamism of a hatch, said Renault who dubbed their new crossover the “ultimate all-in-one package”. Competitively priced, The entry-level Expression 66kW Turbo carries a price tag of R219 900.
The three derivatives, all petrol-powered are the flagship Dynamique EDC featuring Renault’s new generation 1.2 litre 88kW EDC Turbo power plant, the Dynamique 66kW Turbo and Expression 66kW Turbo.
Born of the Captur concept car shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, it encapsulates Laurens van den Acker’s design strategy for Renault featuring the trademark diamond-shaped centrepiece which dominates the crossover’s front grille and LED daytime running lights, two features with which the South Africa market is becoming increasingly familiar.
With its flexible, modular layout, Captur’s interior is spacious – as is the boot area – which houses hidden storage space.
Renault Captur comes to market in South Africa with a proven European track record. Following its international debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the crossover launched in France in April that year. While the sales tally for the nine months to end-December 2013 totalled 94 000, a further 161 000 Capturs found homes with owners in Europe during 2014.
One European journalist described it as “a compact crossover combining 4×4 looks with supermini dimensions”,
The first manufacturer to introduce Turbo technology to F1 in 1977, Renault’s engineers have adapted their tools and talents used to design powerful, efficient and reliable F1 power plants to develop technically advanced engines for production cars.
The launch of the flagship Captur Dynamique EDC (dual-clutch 6-speed automatic transmission) sees the introduction to South Africa of Renault’s 1.2 litre 88kW Turbo engine which delivers an excellent, fuel efficient drive in tandem with slick, smooth gear changes.
The Captur Expression and Dynamique 5-speed manual derivatives are fitted with Renault’s new generation 66kW Turbo petrol engine with overboost. This serves to underscore the fact that access to highly efficient and technologically advanced engines is no longer the preserve of more expensive vehicles.
The Captur crossover offers Bluetooth® connectivity, . Renault’s MediaNav integrated on-board multimedia system with seven inch touchscreen and SatNav as standard. The ECO mode electronically modifies the engine’s response to automatically optimise fuel consumption (by up to 10%), according to Renault.
Hands-free key card, electric side mirrors and electric windows (front and rear) plus automatic climate control (with one touch, quick demist function plus air quality management system) are standard features while rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and rain sensitive front wipers are standard across the range. A tyre pressure sensor is standard on Dynamique models.
In the two years since its global launch in April 2013, the Renault Captur crossover has racked up a raft of European accolades including 2014 Best Small SUV and Car of the Year 2013 (awarded by the French Association of Automotive Press).