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2011-02-14 13:54

THE FUTURE: Renault's Captur crossover concept can transform from a coupé to a convertible, and from an urban vehicle to an off-roader, the company says.

Renault will demonstrate the second phase of its colourful new design strategy with this off-beat crossover concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show.

Where the DeZir two-seater from 2009 expressed “falling in love”, Captur moves it up a notch to apparently harness the feeling of a “young couple exploring the world around them”. How very Valentines' Day.

Axel Breun, Renault’s director of concept cars, said: “It takes as its basis the fundamental design language introduced on the DeZir concept car but adds a more technical dimension – more functional but still highly sensuous."


The main sources of inspiration for exterior designer Julio Lozano were action sports and athletes and Captur stands out with its array of soft curves and forms.

“The design also references equipment such as helmets, gloves and other protective gear used in radical sports,” Lozano added.

Captur shows off the latest interpretation of the new Renault face first shown on DeZir with its vertically-set large Renault logo against a black background. On the concept, a series of LEDs act as indicator signals that create a wave effect along the length of the crossover.

Another cool Captur stunt is its hard top which, when removed, reveals the concept’s carbon fibre framework while its “butterfly” doors, 22-inch black and while rims and orange bodywork up the car’s athletic appeal.

Captur’s orange theme is carried over to the interior that is designed to be “welcoming and occupant-friendly”.

FANCY A NAP?: Captur's rear rope arrangement could also act as a hammock-like seat.


Colour and trim designer Kana Watanabe was responsible for its execution and noted the human body, outdoor sports and urban styling as his main design influences on the project.

That is why the front seats appear suspended in mid-air and the centre console, door casings and dashboard are constructed from a translucent material meant to mimic skin.

The rear load space is regarded as a multi-purpose area using three layers of rope to secure goods, act as a hammock seat, as it were, and rest two seats that drop down from the side panels to turn Captur from a two to a four-seater.


Renault’s latest concept is powered by a new twin-turbo dCi 160 engine, a 1.6-litre turbodiesel that develops 118kW and 380Nm from 1750rpm. It is paired with a dual-clutch gearbox and Renault promises CO2 emissions of 99g/km.

The concept also makes use of a new mechanical self-locking differential called RX2 to improve traction at low speeds by transferring all or part of the torque to the wheel with the most grip when one of the drive wheels loses traction.

The Captur also sees the debut of Renault’s Visio System that uses a camera mounted to the top of the windscreen to provide driver assistance functions by embedding images of the road ahead into a central screen.

The Captur concept will enjoy its global debut at the Geneva auto show that will open on March 1, 2011.


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