Renault expands Captur range

Renault expands Captur range

Since its introduction in 2015, Renault’s Captur has established a proven record in the market through 6 500 plus unit sales, with the automatic model proving to be extremely popular. Reuben van Niekerk reports.

The Renault Captur range now boasts refreshed styling, enhanced quality, and a more diverse model line-up, presenting a formidable alternative within South Africa’s popular and highly competitive SUV segment.

The update marks the evolution of the Dynamic model, with a prominent, redesigned upper grille with finely-chromed edging, full LED Pure Vision lights and C-shaped daytime running lights.

The strong personality is further defined by additional funky colours, striking new 17-inch black and chrome alloy wheels, and impactful two-tone bodywork that is standard on the Dynamique model, accentuating the alluring curves of the Captur.

SUV attributes are evident by raised ground clearance and an elevated seating position, enhanced by dominant new skid plates built into the front and rear bumpers.

Inside, additions on the Dynamique model include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and optional heated, leather-covered seats adding to the vehicle’s qualitative feel.

Other improvements include discreet satin-chrome trim, a new soft-touch dashboard and interior panels that envelop the occupants, as well as a new gear lever.

The updated Captur comes fully equipped with hill-start assist and keyless entry, while Dynamique models boast the Renault MediaNav touchscreen integrated tablet, too.

Also, the versatile R&Go application has now been introduced into the Captur Blaze derivative. This smartphone/tablet application adds innovative functionality to the vehicle. Connected through Bluetooth, it enables remote control of the audio system, with the smartphone screen presenting an extended dashboard to display additional features and allows access to four universes: multimedia, phone, vehicle and navigation.

Under the bonnet of the Captur offers a choice of three turbocharged engines that are said to combine driving pleasure with fuel economy, outputs ranging from 66kW to 88kW for petrol powered plants, and 66kW for the diesel derivative.

The 66kW petrol-fuelled engine boasts three cylinders and displaces 898cc. Torque output is rated at 135Nm with consumption claimed to be as low as 5,5 litres/100km. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The 1,2 litre four-cylinder equivalent produces 88kW and is available coupled with six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The powerplant is said to be responsive and agile, combining power and controlled fuel consumption from only 5,4 litres/100km.

The four-cylinder diesel unit displaces 1,5 litres. Along with 66kW of power it produces 220Nm and is said to provide a good mix of performance and excellent efficiency, with economy rated at 3,6 litres/100km.

Safety features include ABS, EBD and ESP along with high-efficiency front airbags, head/chest side bags, seat belts with pretensioners and Isofix three-point child seat anchors.

The new Captur is offered standard with a five-year/150 000km warranty and a three-year/45 000km service plan.