Renault’s style offensive continues unabated with the launch of the new Captur crossover.
It’s also priced to gain Renault a real foothold in one of the market’s fastest-growing sectors, with a Captur Expression TCe 90 available from just 12,495.
Renault says that’s 500 cheaper than the segment’s current top seller. But to sell the Captur on price alone would be doing it a disservice. Just like the new Renault Clio, the Captur could sell on looks and specification alone.
Below the concept car styling, pinched at the midriff like the Clio and proudly displaying Renault’s new grille design, are engines lifted from the new Clio range.
A 90 PS 0.9-litre three-cylinder TCe petrol kicks off the range, joined by a new 120 PS 1.2 TCe petrol with a dual-clutch transmission, and the trusty 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel. The latter dips well under the 100 g/km CO2 band for free road tax, while the two petrol models are rated at 115 and 125 g/km respectively.
For the first time, the dCi will also be available with an EDC dual-clutch automatic gearbox later in 2013. Fuel economy and CO2 figures haven’t yet been announced.
12,495 gets you the lower-power TCe in Expression trim, and 13,895 secures an Expression diesel. Equipment is more than respectable, with 16-inch alloys, a split rear bench, cruise control, ECO mode, traction control and a trip computer, among other attributes.
Expression+ adds front fog lights, body-colour door mirrors and handles, auto lights and wipers, climate control and hands-free keycard entry. You’ll pay 2,000 extra over the Expression for each Expression+.
Another 500 again secures the Dynamique MediaNav, which also brings the 1.2 TCe and EDC-equipped diesel to the range. The latter cost 17,195 and 17,395 respectively (that’s a 1,000 premium for the EDC ‘box on the diesel).
Equipment really takes a turn with this trim line, with replaceable zip-off seat covers, interior and exterior colour gloss elements, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, Bluetooth, USB, cornering lights and a leather wheel and gearknob.
Send a further 1,500 Renault’s way and in return you’ll get the top-end Dynamique S MediaNav. Electric folding mirrors, parking sensors, a contrasting body and roof, heated front seats, extra tinted rear windows and 17-inch alloys all come as standard.
Additionally, each trim line lets you personalise to your heart’s content with options packs, ranging from the Dynamique S-style contrasting Colour Pack at 550 – to a 100 seat upholstery change on Dynamique MediaNav models and up.
Renault will no doubt produce a vivid glossy brochure on the subject, so we recommend you pick one up in lieu of us listing the myriad options in boring old text.
Priced from: 12,495
Available from: Order May, deliveries July
Renault dealers all around the country will be breathing a sigh of relief on seeing the Captur. The last decade has been tough for Renault, whose volume products have fallen out of favour with the European public.
We reckon the Captur could change that. It’s far easier on the eye than the Juke, Countryman or Mokka, has a cutting-edge range of turbocharged engines, a dual-clutch gearbox option, and plenty of kit. And it could be just in time, as rivals from Peugeot, Ford and Fiat will also be appearing over the next year or so…