- Fun paint jobs in body restyling
- Each of three engine choices turbocharged
- At last on wheels – a cradle for your tablet
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Renault’s new Captur, the automaker says, has evolved to the next level in the compact crossover segment with what it describes as “an even more formidable alternative with a stronger design and a more intuitive drive”.
Prices start at R229 900 for “a multi-functional and multi-faceted crossover that strikes an ideal balance between design and practicality”. Let’s see what it has…
The Renault Captur range – The Corner told you about the special outgoing model a while back – has been restyled and the 2017 range has five versions with which to challenge in the trenches of the tough compact crossover store where, since 2015, it has sold more than 6500 units with a leaning towards autos.
FUN PAINT JOB, NEW LIGHTS
Immediately most notable is the redesigned and more prominent upper grille along with chromed edging, diode “Pure Vision” headlights and C-shaped daytime running lights. Further definition comes from fun paint jobs and 17” black and chromed alloy wheel rims.
Two-tone paint, standard on Dynamique units, is said to “accentuate the Captur’s alluring curves”.
THREE TURBO ENGINES
For off-tar excursions the SUV’s have 170mm ground clearance, elevated for those difficult trails, and skid protection plates built under both bumpers. A fixed glass roof is an option if you like looking at clouds.
There’s a leather-skinned steering-wheel; more skinning is an option for seat upholstery in a deal that includes heatable front furniture – but is standard on Dynamique units along with a Renault MediaNav touchscreen tablet.
The cars have turbocharged engines, hill holding and keyless entry. Other smart features include rear parking sensors, power windows, auto headlights and screen wipers, Bluetooth, fingertip controls behind the steering-wheel for cruise control / speed limiter, and corner-following headlights.
Renault’s new R&Go tablet application has now also been introduced for the Captur Blaze – a system Renault says it developed “to enhance the driving experience as a smartphone/tablet multi-function” to allow remote control of the audio system, and a smart-phone screen to extend the instrument display with more features.
The Captur has also added a cradle for your tablet / smart phone and the cars’ boot has a reversible, two-position, floor. Removable ‘Zip Collection’ seat covers can add “individuality to the flexible modularity”.
All that is helped by the 33/66-split and folding rear bench seat with its 16cm of slide and fold-flat facility. Maximum boot volume is 1235 litres.
There are three turbo engines, Renault says, directly from its Formula 1 technology – two petrol and one diesel. An electronic gearbox offers “dynamic performance and fluidity at fuel consumption levels close to those of the manual”.
The 2017 Captur continues to list the five-star Euro NCAP safety rating of its 2013 predecessor with auto emergency-braking pressure on the anti-lock system. Electronic stability control, front, head/chest and crash bags, self-tensioning safety webbing and anti-whiplash head restraints.
Each of the three passenger seats has an IsoFix child-seat anchor.
2017 Renault Captur 66kW Blaze – R229 900
2017 Renault Captur 66kW Dynamique – R269 900
2017 Renault Captur 1.5 dCi Dynamique – R294 900
2017 Renault Captur 88kW Dynamique – R294 900
2017 Renault Captur 88kW EDC Dynamique – R309 900
The 2017 Captur will be delivered with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty, a three-year or 45 000km service plan and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.
Service intervals 15 000km or annually.