Posted by Group1 Renault on 26 Jul 2022
The launch of the 2022 Renault Captur brings about some mixed emotions as it looks mightily impressive but the Captur range has been and is currently discontinued in South Africa. Whether it will be reborn with renewed impetus remains to be seen and one can only hope. For now, let’s marvel at this new, stylish, fully loaded and affordable compact SUV that seems to have attracted a lot of attention on the global stage.
Earlier this year, more than 20 cars were on display at the CarExpert Experience Centre at Sydney’s Warringah Mall, one of which was the new Renault Captur. Known in Australia as the ‘Intens’ model, it features a stylish exterior with Atacama Orange and Diamond Black roof. This particular model stole most of the limelight and had a large number of test drives.
Considering the amount of interest in the new compact SUV, the local Renault dealer sold the display car on the spot. It’s not surprising since many automotive fans will agree that the car not only looks stunning but it also has a full house of features. The new Renault Captur offers class-leading all-round performance, equipment and space in the ‘Light SUV’ sector.
The Renault Captur is the company’s most affordable and smallest vehicle on sale. Now in its second generation, the Renault Captur shares its CMF-B heritage with the Nissan Juke light SUV.
Unlike other carmakers that often try too hard to stand out, the 2022 Renault Captur seems well-proportioned and nicely rounded without any unnecessary frills. It has a young and sporty feel with shapely LED lights, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels and big windows with privacy glass at the rear.
Any Renault Captur Intens produced from January 2022 receives a few add-ons, including adaptive cruise control with stop/go, wireless phone charging and a shark antenna instead of a screw-in version. Remember, this is added extras on top of an already generous list of standard equipment.
If the exterior is anything to go by, the inside is where the Renault Captur Intens comes to life and easily outshines its rivals. It has a luxurious, tech-laden cabin with all-leather upholstery, and a generous list of features you might struggle to find in many luxury, more expensive vehicles.
There is a brilliant blend of stitched leather upholstery, polished metal accents and soft-touch materials and that includes the dashboard. As it is a more affordable car, there is still some hard plastic finishes but they don’t look cheap which is always a good sign.
Since space always seems to be an issue with compact vehicles, the Renault Captur offers the most room and versatility in its class. Boot space is 422 litres with the rear seats in place and 536L including under-floor storage and the rear bench slid forward. When you fold down the rear seats, you will get an impressive 1275 litres of space.
The steering wheel is also perfectly round and wrapped in leather, featuring paddle shifters and appropriately sized dials for climate control. However, they also have digital temperature displays, so it’s almost like having the best of both worlds. Here are some of the interior highlights:
The 2022 Renault Captur received a five-star ANCAP safety rating based on Euro NCAP testing conducted in 2019. It scored 96% for adult occupant protection, 83% for child occupant protection, 75% for vulnerable road user protection, and 74% for safety assist.
You will find some of the standard safety equipment below:
All Capture models get a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 113 kW and 270 Nm of torque which is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This particular turbo petrol engine will also soon feature in the next-generation Nissan Qashqai destined for overseas markets.
The steering is responsive which allows you to drive with confidence while the soft suspension makes the Renault Captur substantially more laid-back than many of its competitors. There may be a little body lean but any roll is well damped with the payoff being a pleasant and comfortable ride even on rougher roads.
In terms of performance, the Renault Captur is a class leader in combined power and torque output. Going from 0 – 100km/h takes just 8.6 seconds which outshines all its rivals. It’s also quite economical if you don’t keep your foot down with a claimed combined fuel economy of 6.6l/100km.
Anyone looking to buy a new car in this class will be pleasantly surprised by the styling, flexibility and value for money of the new Renault Captur. With a complete overhaul, it now stands out even more in what appears to be an increasingly competitive market.
While the Renault Captur range has been discontinued in South Africa, you could still find some good quality used Renault Captur models if you act fast.
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Posted by Group1 Renault on 28 Jun 2022
With electric and hybrid vehicles growing in popularity across the globe, Renault has introduced the E-Tech-engineered special edition for the Clio, Captur, Arkana, and Megane electrified derivatives. Unsurprisingly, they’ve used design and style cues of the 100% electric Megane E-Tech for the new E-Tech-engineered special editions.
E-Tech is the term for the innovative and exclusive technology of Renault which is protected by 150 patents. Renault relied on their immense expertise in electric vehicles and developed the system in collaboration with Renault F1 teams.
The E-Tech Hybrid drive system has a combustion engine, two electric engines, a battery and an automatic gearbox to create a more refined driving experience. As a result, the energy management of Renault’s hybrid cars is more efficient and intelligent which means extended range even in full electric mode.
Renault’s E-Tech engineered special edition adds a modern feel to the four existing passenger vehicles already available in Europe and other international markets. The E-tech-engineered special edition benefits from all the impressive equipment that made the R.S. Line trim so popular but that’s not all. It also gets a new, high-end look with sporty colours and materials in accordance with current trends.
Starting with the exterior, the E-Tech engineered special edition design features Warm Titanium highlights on parts. This includes the F1® blade on the lower front bumper, the side and rear lower-body trims and rim markings. Another distinctive feature is Renault’s iconic diamond-shaped logo and lettering in shiny black on the vehicle’s front and rear.
Its overall appearance is topped off by a new E-Tech Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid badge on the rear hatch door which is common for all Renault’s electrified vehicles. The final exterior feature on the special edition models is a bold but stylish graphic label on the driver’s door. The E-Tech Engineered Renault Clio, Captur, Arkana and Megane vehicles are available in various body colours.
To complement the sporty exterior of Renault’s E-Tech-engineered special edition models, the interior needed to be special and it certainly is. The same desire that went into creating the beautiful exterior also resulted in a design that screams visual unity and character. This is largely due to the Warm Titanium stitching on the upholstery and gold decorative accents on the dashboard and air vents. The steering wheel features the letter ‘E’ as the E-Tech signature while the doors also feature a visual design reflecting the exterior door label.
For more than 10 years, Renault has been a pioneer in electric vehicles and continues to share its expertise with as many people as possible by providing universally available mobility solutions. Renault has two types of engines: E-Tech Hybrid and E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid, both of which were developed to fulfil the demands of a growing market. The E-Tech Engineered Special Edition models are as follows:
Designed to give occupants a more efficient and enjoyable driving experience, the Renault E-Tech special edition model combines an electric motor with a petrol engine, delivering the best of both worlds while the interior is luxurious, spacious and comfortable.
Through continued research and development, the E-Tech Engineered special edition models are economical, environmentally friendly and seductive in appearance. Starting in June, the E-Tech Engineered models will be available in France for the Clio, Arkana and Megane but the Renault Captur will only be released at a later stage.
There is no confirmation yet whether any of the E-Tech Engineered Special Edition models will be available in South Africa but we certainly hope so. To read more about new vehicle launches, motoring advice, and hybrid and electric vehicles, simply read our blog and follow us on Facebook.
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