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Captur on sale later this year

Thursday, 18th July, 2019 10:25am

In a sector that has become extremely competitive, the new Renault Captur has reinvented itself without losing the unique identity that made the original such a success.

Featuring athletic and dynamic new looks, an even more welcoming and practical interior, and setting new technology standards, the New Captur is more grown-up and upmarket than ever.

Longer than before by 110mm and with a higher waistline, the all-new Captur has a true SUV stance, which is enhanced by the tough-looking front and rear protection skid plates, the chunky protective mouldings that run the entire length of the lower body and the prominent wheel arch extensions.

Another big advance is the standard fitment of 100 per cent LED headlamps across the range. Surrounded by Renault’s trademark C-Shape daylight running light signature, these powerful units are seamlessly integrated into the design, with elements of the chrome grille running into the lamps.

At the slim rear lights on the all-new Captur retain the C-Shape light signature that typifies the Renault vehicle. A first on a production model!

As at the front, there are additional front segments (one per light) and side segments (eight per light) to further emphasise the design, and the distinctive 3D mesh. The original design of these rear lights, mounted as they are in the tailgate panel, provide the illusion of an extra wide vehicle.

Adding further visual appeal are the inclusion of new exterior colours, including Atacama Orange, Flame Red and Iron Blue. Offering remarkable depth and sheen, they emphasise its athletic, dynamic design and the contrasting finish of the ‘floating roof’, which can be finished in Midnight Black, Atacama Orange, Highland Grey or Alabaster White.

In total, 11 bodywork colours, four contrasting roof colours and three external customisation packs will be available at the launch, giving a unique potential in this segment of 90 possible combinations.

The interior revolution first seen in the all-new Clio continues on the all-new Captur, which sets new standards for the class. Like the all-new Clio, the all-new Captur gets the ‘smart cockpit’ layout that’s angled slightly towards the driver, plus it also features a brand-new floating console.

Housing the latest technologies and boasting the biggest screens in its category, it delivers a more immersive driving experience.

However, it is not just the driving position that is revolutionary because the entire passenger compartment has entered a new dimension of quality and comfort, rivalling models from the class above thanks to its high-grade materials; soft coverings for the dashboard, door panels, the contour of the centre console; meticulously finished fittings; and a new seat architecture.

At the heart of the interior revolution is the ‘smart cockpit’ concept, which features the optional 9.3 inch infotainment screen, which is the biggest in the class. With its portrait layout and slightly curved screen it’s both easier to use and brings cutting edge modernity to the passenger compartment.

By being angled towards the driver, it gives easy access to the all-new connected Renault Easy Link multimedia system, navigation and infotainment services, as well as the Multi-Sense settings and the driving aids settings.

Further improvements to comfort and user friendliness include the option of a frameless rear-view mirror, automatic parking brake and door storage compartments that can accommodate a 1.5 litre bottles. Up front there’s a central armrest containing two USB sockets, while rear seat passengers get a 12V socket.

It’s not just quality and technology that are improved, because the all-new Captur is roomier and more practical than ever. Overall length has increased by 11 centimetres over the previous model, creating even more space for occupants and their luggage.

Not only is there 17mm more legroom in the rear, boot capacity has been increased by a significant 81 litres, up to a vast 536 litres. And that’s before you factor in the 27 litres of storage in the cabin. And as on the all-new Clio, the subwoofer on the premium BOSE audio system is fully integrated into the left-hand side of the boot, meaning there’s no reduction in space.

Renault has always been a technology pioneer and the all-new Captur continues that tradition as in 2020 it will become the first model in its class to be offered with a plug-in hybrid engine.

Called E-TECH Plug-in, it has been designed to appeal to customers where the all-new Captur will be the household’s only vehicle, delivering the longest driving range in electric mode and the best all-round performance for a plug-in hybrid model. In total, Renault has registered over 150 patents for the E-TECH Plug-in engine fitted to the all-new Captur, demonstrating its cutting-edge credentials.

Capable of driving up to 45 kilometres at speeds of up to 135km/h in pure electric mode, the all-new Captur demonstrates impressive versatility.

Owners can use the car for daily trips without consuming any petrol, while longer weekend and holiday journeys can be undertaken without any range anxiety.

What’s more, thanks to its specially designed system and continuous energy regeneration capability of its two electric motors, the all-new Captur always retains enough charge in its 9.8kWh battery to move away and run at low speeds in electric mode, helping to reduce fuel consumption.

Standard engines will include the 1.0 litre three-cylinder turbo petrol, and 1.3 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol, as well as the 1.5 litre dCi diesel.

We’ll have more details on the Captur’s specification and prices for Ireland later in the year.

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