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Re­nault’s award-win­ning cross-over fi­nally here

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RE­NAULT has ex­panded its South African SUV lineup with the ad­di­tion of the Cap­tur cross­over.

The Cap­tur con­cept de­buted at the 2011 Geneva auto show and is aimed at SA’s grow­ing B-seg­ment SUV mar­ket with three de­riv­a­tives (Ex­pres­sion, Dy­namique, Dy­namique EDC) and two tur­bopetrol en­gines — a new one and 1,2-litre — priced from R219 900.

F1-in­spired 1,2 turbo

The Cap­tur new 1,2 litre EDC petrol turbo is a re­sult from Re­nault’s adap­ta­tion of its For­mula 1 tech­nol­ogy. The line-up of­fers two five-speed man­ual de­riv­a­tives, the 66 kW Turbo Dy­namique and Ex­pres­sion, with the top-of-the-range Dy­namique equipped with a six-speed auto.

The EDC is ca­pa­ble of 88kW/190 Nm, reaches a top speed of 192 km/h, with fuel con­sump­tion rated at 5,4 litres/100 km and emis­sions of 125 g/km.

The man­ual de­riv­a­tives, pow­ered the 900 cc three-cylin­der unit bor­rowed from its Clio sib­ling, are ca­pa­ble of 66 kW/135 Nm, can reach a top speed of 171 km/h, with a fuel con­sump­tion of 4,9 litres/100 km and emis­sions of 113 g/km. An ECO func­tion mod­i­fies the en­gine’s re­sponse to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion.

At the front, it sports the au­tomaker’s di­a­mond-shaped badge and stylish grille with LEDs. The Cap­tur has duel-tone body colours and can be fit­ted with 16” and 17” al­loy rims. It has a ground clear­ance of 17 cm and an el­e­vated driv­ing po­si­tion. Since its de­but in 2013, Re­nault re­ports 255 000 units sold.

Loads of kit

It has Re­nault’s Me­dia-Nav mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem with 17 cm touch­screen, sat­nav, ra­dio/CD au­dio, USB and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. Stan­dard kit in­cludes a hands­free key card, power side mir­rors and power win­dows (front and rear), auto air­con (with one touch, quick demist func­tion) while rear park­ing sen­sors, auto head­lights, cruise con­trol and rain sen­sor. A tyre pres­sure sen­sor is stan­dard for Dy­namique units.

Boot space is rated at 377 litres and 455 litres with the rear bench pushed for­ward. With the rear seats folded, max­i­mum boot space in­creases to 1 235 litres.

Five-star NCAP safety

In 2013, the Cap­tur achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rat­ing, the 15th Re­nault to do so. In terms of safety it’s equipped with an anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem, emer­gency brake as­sist, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, hill as­sist, dual front and side airbags as well as three Isofix child-seat an­chors.

The new Cap­tur is sold with a five-year or 150 000 km war­ranty, a three-year or 45 000km ser­vice plan and a six-year anti-cor­ro­sion war­ranty. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 15 000 km or oneyear in­ter­vals. — Wheels24.

Prices

Cap­tur 66kW Ex­pres­sion

R219 900

Cap­tur 66kW Dy­namique

R239 900

Cap­tur 88kW EDC Dy­namique

R279 900

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

Fi­nally here, the new­est cross­over in SA is the Re­nault Cap­tur, which was the small SUV of 2011 in Europe.

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