THE new Captur light SUV is primed for its return to Australia, promising even greater style and sophistication, plus a raft of technological innovations. It’s the French car maker’s first model to be built on the advanced CMF-B platform.
More spacious and refined than ever and boasting cutting-edge driver assistance and infotainment systems, Captur sets a new standard in the light SUV segment.
It also retains the Renault SUV terminology with a three-model line-up; Life, Zen and the range-topping Intens.
All versions are extremely well-equipped and come laden with premium features, giving Captur a truly upmarket look and feel. Prices start at $28,190 (plus on-roads), representing outstanding value for money.
Featuring athletic and dynamic new looks, the cabin design delivers style and refinement, with a strong horizontal emphasis on the dashboard, emphasising the car’s width and spaciousness.
At its centre is a hub, which brings cutting-edge innovation and technology.
A new ‘Smart Cockpit’ layout featuring a responsive infotainment screen angled towards the driver, with a 7.0-inch multimedia screen standard on Life and Zen, while the Intens version gets a 9.3-inch portrait format.
Both give access to Renault’s EASY LINK system, which combines infotainment in one intuitive package.
Intens versions feature MULTI-SENSE functions, which alter a number of elements including powertrain response to acceleration and ambient lighting, depending which mode is selected Normal, MySense, Sport or Eco.
Also included is ambient lighting that allows drivers to choose from eight different LED colours that bathe the interior in a calming glow.
One turbocharged petrol engine will be used across the line-up, offering class-leading power and torque. The 1.3-litre TCe 155 is designed for those who wish to take advantage of the dynamic qualities of the Captur and its new CMF-B platform chassis.
This punchy engine has extremely impressive figures of 113kW and 270Nm delivering assured performance in all conditions, making it the most powerful engine in its class.
The driving experience is enhanced by the 7-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox. The gear change paddles located behind the steering wheel and the MULTI-SENSE Sport mode provide the aficionado with a greater feeling of sportiness and enjoyment at the wheel.
The original Captur’s focus on innovation helped it to become the best-selling urban SUV in Europe. The new model builds on that tradition, with a range of technologies to make driving safer, simpler and more enjoyable.
Every model comes with Renault’s latest EASY LINK multimedia system, which groups useful functions and services together.
Access is via a responsive, centrally mounted touchscreen that’s within easy reach of both the driver and front passenger.
In both versions, the screen’s smartphone-inspired interface feels familiar and intuitive. Clear graphics make it easy to view information at a glance, while pinch and swipe functionality ensures quick, simple operation on the move.
Users can customise screens, creating shortcuts that allow them to directly access their favourite features.
A selection of functions can also be activated by voice control, allowing the driver to simply speak instructions while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
There is a complete range of ADAS driving aids on offer too. Standard on all versions is active emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, cruise control with speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors and rear-view camera.
In terms of parking aids, the new 360-degree camera on the Intens is very useful when manoeuvring. The Easy Life Package, available on Intens, also adds Easy Park Assist and automatic high/low beam headlights.
The new Captur was recently awarded a 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP.