GENEVA PREVIEW: Renault enters B-crossover segment with Captur
At a stated 4.12m long, the Captur is similar in size to its Peugeot 2008 rival
Renault has announced 'Captur' as the production name for the J87 project, a B-segment crossover that will also replace the Modus and Grand Modus MPVs. It will reveal full details of this additional model at the Geneva motor show in March.
The new model is pronounced 'Capture' in English or 'Cap-tour' in French, a Renault spokesperson has told just-auto. This rival for the Peugeot 2008, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, Ford EcoSport and Fiat 500X will be manufactured at Valladolid in Spain. The vehicle will share its Alliance A platform with both the Clio and another competitor, the Nissan Juke.
The Captur can be thought of as a crossover version of the new Clio. Indeed, that model is also built at Valladolid, as are the soon to be phased out Modus and Grand Modus. The end of these only moderately successful models means that Renault has chosen to withdraw from Europe's B-MPV segment just as Fiat is finding success there with its new 500L.
Renault Samsung Motors is expected to begin building a version of the Captur at its Busan plant in Korea from the second half of 2013. Renault Group COO Carlos Tavares hinted at the existence of such a vehicle in June 2012 when he mentioned a project to expand the brand's range with a small crossover. The Samsung QM3 would compete with GM Korea's new Chevrolet Trax.
Author: Glenn Brooks
FRIDAY 11 JANUARY 2013
RENAULT UNVEILS CAPTUR: THE URBAN CROSSOVER
THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYDAY LIVES
As testified by a record of innovations that dates back to 1898, Renault has never stopped questioning preconceived ideas or challenging conventional automotive thinking, by placing the needs of customers at the heart of each new project.
Today, Renault introduces Captur, its first urban crossover, that will stand out from the crowd by delivering the best of three different worlds:
- The expressive styling and driving position of an SUV,
- The cabin space and modular interior of an MPV,
- The agility and driving enjoyment of a compact hatchback.
Coming in the wake of Clio’s renewal, Captur marks the next step in Renault’s design offensive, under the leadership of Laurens Van den Acker.
“Renault Captur is a compact, unaggressive crossover which is particularly user-friendly. It benefits from Renault genes through and through…” Benoît Bochard, Director, A/B-Segment Product Range
Renault Captur, a crossover on the outside
Renault Captur’s smooth, fluid, balanced forms express an assertive, yet unostentatious, personality. Its robust, upmarket look takes its inspiration from the Captur concept car, from which Renault has carried over both the spirit which guided its design, as well its evocative name. The lines of Renault’s new crossover are unpretentious, yet the forward position of its steeply-raked windscreen emphasises its dynamic stance.
The combination of its compact dimensions, raised ground clearance, wide wheels and sill guards will enable it to take every aspect of everyday motoring in its stride.
Renault Captur will be easy to customise and notably comes with an original two-tone colour scheme which produces an attractive contrast between the roof and pillars and the rest of the bodywork.
Renault Captur, an MPV inside
Despite its compact footprint (4.12m in length), Renault Captur exudes a real sense of interior space. Its colourful cabin is warm and relaxing, and this first impression is reinforced by interior customisation solutions based around a choice of colours and motifs for the different trim features.
Renault Captur also boasts the appointments and comfort refinements expected of an MPV, such as a high-up driving position, large boot, modular interior and innovative stowage solutions.
The standard Renault Captur will have an equipment specification worthy of that of the next segment up, including hands-free entry, hill start assist and rear parking sensors. Also available will be the new, connected, in-dash Renault R-Link touchscreen multimedia tablet, plus a system that comprises six loudspeakers, Bluetooth® connectivity, audio-streaming and Arkamys® hi-fi sound.
Renault Captur, the agility and driving enjoyment of a compact hatchback
Renault Captur is based on the same platform as New Clio, acclaimed as a B-segment benchmark when it comes to driving pleasure. It consequently delivers best-level dynamics, from roadholding to engine response and agile handling.
The petrol and diesel engines available for the model benefit from the very latest Renault technologies and will return best-in-class fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, starting from as low as 96g/km.
Renault Captur will be manufactured at Renault’s Valladolid plant in Spain and will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Original source: http://press.renault.co.uk/Cars/39a311a9-ea1a-4630-b8e6-aa9573d2a97e.aspx
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