Renault has revealed full details of its second-generation Captur crossover, which goes on sale in coming weeks.
The Captur has been around since 2013, but Renault has moved the second-generation model on to its bigger CMF-B platform, which it will share with the new Clio, meaning the Captur will now get the Clio’s superior driving dynamics.
In line with Renault’s EasyLife trim line-up, the new Captur is available in three guises: Play, Iconic and S Edition.
Key features of the new Captur include:
On the outside, the car has more of an SUV shape, with a higher waistline, some chunky skid plates and a two-tone ‘floating’ roof.
Standard across the range are 100% LED headlamps, surrounded by Renault’s trademark C-Shape daylight running light signature on the S Edition trim.
The cabin gets a big change, with features taken from the all-new Clio including the same “Smart Cockpit” layout.
There has been more extensive use of high-grade materials, including satin finishes and soft touch plastics, and more supportive seats.
A 7-inch multimedia screen is standard on Play and Iconic models, while S Edition gets the 9.3-inch portrait set-up.
Both give access to Renault’s Easy Link connected system that bundles together all the navigation, infotainment and, on S Edition versions, Multi-Sense functions for optimum usability on the move.
Renault’s designers have worked hard on extra space. Overall length has increased by 110 mm.
There is now 17mm more legroom in the rear, and boot capacity goes up by 81-litres to a maximum of 536 litres.
A sliding rear bench seat that allows 160 mm of fore and aft movement, creating either more space for passengers or a larger boot.
Driver assistance tech has been improved, with the option of the Easy Drive advanced driving assistance system, which represents the first step towards a self-driving vehicle.
Available as an option on S Edition models, this sophisticated system combines Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering to both maintain a safe distance to the car in front and keep the car in its lane. In slow moving traffic it will even take over braking and acceleration of the vehicle.
The Renault EASY LINK multimedia platform on All-New Captur comes with either 7-inch or 9.3-inch touchscreens, both of them compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Standard safety features across the range include Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist, the former automatically primed at speeds above 43mph, the latter working between 43mph and 99mph.
Traffic Sign Recognition with speed alert is also included, as is cruise control with a speed limiter function. An Active Emergency Braking System is standard and is bolstered by the latest cyclist and pedestrian detection functionality.
At launch there are five engine options: three petrol and two diesels. Transmission options run to five or six-speed manuals, plus a seven-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic.
Starting the range is the 3-cylinder TCe 100, fitted as standard with a five-speed gearbox. It claims up to 54.3mpg and emits only 118g/km of CO2 (NEDC). Next up is the TCe 130 followed by the flagship TCe 155.
Both the diesel engines – dCi 95 and dCi 115 units - are based on the well-proven 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit.
The E-TECH Plug-in when it arrives later in 2020 will be a first in the small SUV class, according to Renault.
It will be capable of driving up to 28 miles at speeds of up to 83 mph in pure electric mode, says the manufacturer. The electric part of the drivetrain is linked to a new 1.6-litre petrol engine.
The Nissan Juke rival will be priced from £17,595 and features more space, a refreshed cabin, new external styling, a new plug-in electric powertrain and better tech.
UK specs and pricing are: Captur Play (from £17,595), Iconic (£19,095) and S Edition (£20,595). The new models go on sale in February.