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Renault’s updated crossover range: Will it Captur new owners?

2017-08-18 10:59

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 • Updated styling

 • R&Go smartphone system and cradle

 • Priced from R229 900


Johannesburg – Renault has enhanced its local Captur crossover range which now boasts refreshed styling, new technology and a more diverse model line-up.

Since its introduction in 2015, the Captur has a garnered 6500+ sales to date, with automatic variants proving to be extremely popular.

The updated crossover is available in two derivatives, (Blaze and Dynamique), three turbo engine options (66kW turbo petrol, 1.2 litre 88kW and 1.5 dCi Diesel) with manual and auto transmissions.

Engines

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The Renault Captur offers three turbo engine variants; the 66kW Turbo engine, 1.2 litre 88kW Manual and EDC Turbo as well as the 1.5 dCi Diesel engine.

The 898cm3, three-cylinder turbo engine delivers 66kW/135Nm with fuel consumption rated at 5.4litres/100 km and emissions of 125g/km.

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The 1461 cm3, four-cylinder diesel engine produces 66kW/220Nm with fuel consumption of 3.6litres/100km and emissions of 95g/km.     

The 1.2 litres four-cylinder 88kW Turbo is now available in six-speed manual or automatic (EDC). Fuel consumption is rated from 5.4litres/100km with emissions of 125g/km.

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Driving it 

The Captur shares the same platform, engines and mechanical of the Clio. Coupled with its raised ride height and commanding view of the road ahead, it makes for a great city SUV.  

It's not the most exciting car to drive but it's easy use, fairly smooth on the road and fulfills its the role of an upmarket budget crossover.

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Its Clio traits is also evident in its hatchback-like handling as despite its high-riding presence it's nimble through corners. Body lean is however is noticeable though there’s plenty of grip.

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It's extra height and suspension soaks up city centre bumps and undulations and overall the ride quality is great. The Captur is made for the city and it's easy to see why it's a popular alternative to the Clio, especially for families.

New design

The Captur gains a redesigned grille (with new chromed details), full LED Pure Vision Lights and C-shaped daytime running lights. The Captur also gains additional funky colours, striking new 17” black & chrome alloys and two-tone bodywork (standard on the Dynamique models). 

The SUV attributes of the Renault Captur are evident by its raised ground clearance (170mm) and elevated seating position, enhanced by the dominant new skid plates built into the front and rear bumpers, with an optional fixed glass roof allowing for urban scapes to be appreciated from all angles.

What’s new?

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Inside, the Capture sports a new leather steering wheel and optional heatable leather seats (available on Dynamique Models).

Additional improvements include chromed trim, a new shaped soft-touch dashboard, new interior panels, redesigned gear lever, new central storage options, front row seat central armrest with stowage (Dynamique versions).

The enhanced Captur is fitted with a MediaNav touchscreen (Dynamique),hill-start assist and keyless entry.  Other smart features include rear parking sensors, front & rear power windows, auto headlights, auto windscreen wipers, bluetooth connectivity, cruise control & speed limiter, and cornering headlights.

R&Go

The automaker’s R&Go smartphone/tablet multifunction app has been introduced into the new entry-level Blaze derivative. Connected to the vehicle through the radio using Bluetooth, this application enables remote control of the user’s car radio, with the driver’s smartphone screen used to access apps. A dedicated adjustable cradle is offered. 

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Practicality

Easy-access handles effortlessly slide the rear bench seat forward (by up to 16cm) and it can also be folded flat. Boot capacity is 377 litres, with the rear bench seat pushed it increases to 455 litres and with the rear seats folded down, stowage increases to 1235 litres. 
In the two Dynamique models, the boot floor is reversible; smooth on one side with an anti-slide surface on the other.

Safety

In terms of safety, the Captur earned a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating in 2013. It’s fitted with ABS, traction control, hill assist, front and side airbags, seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters (front seats), anti-whiplash head rests and force limiter function (rear-side seats). Three Isofix child seat anchors are fitted to the front passenger and rear seats.

The new Captur is sold with a 5-year or 150 000km warranty, 3-year or 45 000km service plan and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 15 000km or 1 year.

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Prices

New Renault Captur 66kW Blaze - R229 900
New Renault Captur 66kW Dynamique - R269 900
New Renault Captur 1.5 dCi  Dynamique - R294 900
New Renault Captur 88kW Dynamique - R294 900
New Renault Captur 88kW EDC Dynamique - R309 900


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