Renault Captur 2020: plug-in powertrain to be offered
The all-new Renault Captur has been launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show with exterior styling, interior design and a plug-in powertrain option.
Described as a more modern, more muscular and more expressive with more SUV design cues, the small crossover is significantly larger than the outgoing model with 110mm added to its length and boot capacity increased to a vast 536 litres.
At the front, the bumper features two wide air deflectors to help limit drag and improve fuel consumption. The all-new Captur also features a wider grille with elements running into the LED headlamps. These are fitted as standard along with Renault’s trademark C-Shape daylight running lights.
Perhaps the biggest changes are on the inside, with the interior benefitting from a complete redesign. The Smart Cockpit layout is angled slightly towards the driver with a new 7in or 9.3in portrait infotainment system taking pride of place depending on the spec.
This floating unit is slightly curved for ease of use and frees up space for a wireless pad for smartphone charging. A 7in or 10 in digital display rounds off the Smart Cockpit depending on the spec, replacing analogue dials.
New features on the all-new Captur include the option of a 360-degree camera and active emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, both of which are firsts in the Renault range.
Three petrol and two diesel engines will be available at launch, with a plug-in hybrid joining the line-up later in 2020.
A 98hp three-cylinder 1.0-litre TCe is the entry-level engine and comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, while mid-level offers a four-cylinder 1.3-litre TCe engine with 128hp and either a seven-speed auto or six-speed manual.
At the top of the petrol range is a 152hp version of the 1.3-litre engine offering 270Nm of torque via a seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox.
The two diesel options feature a four-cylinder 1.5 Blue dCi engine with 93hp and 113hp. Both are available with a six-speed manual, while the seven-speed auto is offered on the 113hp version.
The E-Tech, arriving after launch, will be the first plug-in hybrid offered in its class. Capable of driving up to 28 miles at speeds of up to 83mph in pure electric mode, the drivetrain comprises a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors powered by a 9.8kWh battery.
As for charging, Captur E-Tech gets Mode 2-compatible charging plug for domestic sockets and a Mode 3 plug for charging stations.
We’ll bring you price and specification details as and when they’re released. There shouldn’t be too long to wait though, because the new Captur is expected to go on sale before the end of 2019.