Renault captures excitement for its fresh supermini
THE latest crossover to roll into the showroom this summer will be the Captur from Renault which will sit under the “supermini” banner – the first of its type from the French manufacturer.
Its crossover credentials are earned by virtue of its style and driving position of an SUV, the cabin space and versatility of an MPV and the driving dynamics.
UK prices are a competitive £12,495 onthe-road.
It comes with four trim levels – Expression, Expression+, Dynamique MediaNav and Dynamique S MediaNav.
Standard spec includes 16-inch alloys wheels, body coloured bumpers, cruise control and all the straight and narrow driving aids – electronic stability control, electronic traction control – as well as allround electric windows and hill start assist.
Options are extensive and split into three themed collections: Arizona, Manhattan and Miami. Each theme then offers a choice of four packs (three on Miami): colour, exterior gloss, interior touch and style. In addition buyers can select one of three decals for roof, bonnet and tailgate (depending on design).
Very clever touches include zipped removable, wipeable and washable seat covers, dual height boot floor with reversible cover and sliding rear seat bench.
The three engines are all turbocharged and include the all-new 1.2litre TCe 120 EDC as well as the 0.9 TCe 90 and 1.5litre dCi 90. The dCi 90 EDC (efficient dual clutch) follows later in 2013. For those with an eye on economy Stop&Start is standard on every manual.
UK ordering opens next month and cars will be in the showrooms at the beginning of July.
But it will have some tough competition. This B-segment crossover class has a number of well-established names. Led by its sister Alliance car, Nissan Juke, the market’s already growing fast on the back of the MINI Countryman and the slightly larger Chevrolet Trax and Vauxhall Mokka. It’s expected to explode even more with the future launches of rivals such as the Fiat 500X, Ford EcoSport and Peugeot 2008.
UP HILL: The Renault Captur ‘supermini’ is due to reach the UK this summer.