Renault reveals new 2020 Captur 03 | 07 | 2019

    RENAULT HAS REVEALED its second generation Captur. First launched in 2013, the original Captur essentially created the compact SUV sector, alongside the Nissan Juke. Today the Renault has more than 20 rivals in the sector. (Related: Renault unveils all-new Clio MkV)

    Ahead of entering Scottish showrooms early next year, with prices expected to start at around £15,000, the latest-gen Captur now sports LED headlamps, like those on the latest Clio, across the full range.

    The new model is also bigger: it’s 110mm longer, 20mm wider and slightly taller than before. That growth has ensured the Captor can now be viewed as a proper crossover, boosted further by the increase in boot capacity to 536 litres; that’s an increase of 81 litres over the first-gen.


    Walk round to the rear and there’s a new set of C-shaped LED tail-lamps. Buyers can also choose from 11 exterior colours and four contrasting roof finishes; that means there are 90 different configurations to choose from. Plus there’s a selection of alloy wheels from 16in to 18in. (Related: Renault unveils limited Clio R.S 18)


    Renault has completely redesigned the interior. Out has gone the dated infotainment system, to be replaced by a slick 9.3-inch portrait display. Thankfully it’s also compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also a new 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster in place of analogue dials. Lower-Spa models get two seven-inch displays as standard, though the 10,2in will be available on the options list.


    Unique across the new Captur range is a new floating centre console. Not only does this increase the amount of storage space, but it’s also allowed Renault to introduce a wireless charging pad beneath it. Sensibly, the new model also retains the previous-gen’s sliding rear bench, which moves back and forth by 16cm, maximising legroom or boot space. (Related: Dacia confirms Duster TCe petrol prices)


    Sitting on Renault’s new CMF-B platform, the new Captur now enjoys basically the same architecture as the latest Clio. Being lighter and stiffer than the current Captur’s foundations, it’s likely the new version will enjoy better handling and improved refinement.


    The new architecture also means that for the first time the Captur range will include a  plug-in hybrid version. Badged the E-Tech plug-in, it gets a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine, two electric motors powered by a 9.8kWh battery and a multimode direct-transmission gearbox.

    According to Renault, that will be good enough for 28 miles on electric power at up to 83mph. Fuel economy and CO2 figures have yet to be announced.


    Elsewhere in the range, buyers will be able to choose from three petrol and two diesel engines. The entry-level will be the 99bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre TCe with a five-speed manual gearbox. Next up is a four-cylinder 1.3-litre TCe engine, available in two states of tune, 129bhp or 153bhp. Both these are available with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox, with a six-speed manual available on the lower-powered model.


    The 2020 Captur range gets two diesels, both of which utilise Renault’s four-cylinder 1.5 Blue dCi, again available in two levels on tune, either 95bhp or 115bhp. A six-speed manual is standard on both, though the seven-speed auto is offered on the 115bhp model.


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    Jim McGill


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