New Renault Captur crossover unveiled with plug-in hybrid tech coming

New Renault Captur crossover unveiled with plug-in hybrid tech coming

The popular crossover receives similar styling cues to the fifth generation Clio.

Renault has revealed the second-generation version of its Captur, which puts an increased focus on cabin quality and technology.

With 1.2 million units sold to date, the new Captur is key for Renault. The latest car sits on a new CMF-B platform (first seen on the new Clio) and is lighter and stronger than the outgoing model.

It will also be one of the first Renault's to be offered as a plug-in hybrid, with an ‘E-Tech’ model expected to follow in 2020. This powertrain will combine a new 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. An electric range of 28 miles is promised from the car’s 9.8kWh battery.

More conventional engines include a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, alongside a 1.3-litre petrol unit producing either 128bhp or 153bhp. Two power options from the 1.5-litre diesel unit will also be available, producing either 94bhp or 113bhp.

Renault has opted for an evolutionary approach for the styling, although it’s noticeably different to the outgoing model. That is thanks to a wider grille, the fact it’s 11cm longer than before and distinctive C-shaped LED lights at the front and rear. LED lights are fitted as standard, too.

As before, customers can also choose from a bold range of colour options – including the Atacama Orange (pictured), with these bold personalisation options extending to the cabin.

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But it’s really the interior where most of the differences can be seen, with a better focus on quality and technology. The Captur gets a similar interior to the Clio, headed up by a new ‘Smart Cockpit’, which sees the touchscreen angled towards the driver. This features an optional portrait 9.3-inch touchscreen, while a digital cockpit display replaces traditional analogue dials.

The French manufacturer is promising that the Captur offers a high-quality cabin, thanks to decorative inserts, ambient interior lighting and upmarket materials.

The Captur has always been one of the most practical models in its class, and its spaciousness has only been improved. There’s more legroom, and importantly a bigger boot, which has increased by 81 litres to a vast 536 litres.

A new driving ‘Companion’ can also combine adaptive cruise control with lane-keep assist, along with sensors that can detect rear collisions and self-parking capability to aid the Captur’s semi-autonomous capabilities.

Prices and specifications will be announced in the coming months, ahead of the Captur’s expected arrival in showrooms at the start of 2020.

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