Cap­tur-ing at­ten­tion with power

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Ewen Kennedy

A fas­ci­nat­ing new pow­er­ful turbo en­gine is now avail­able on Re­nault Cap­tur.

With a ca­pac­ity of just 1.3 litres it de­vel­ops up to 150 horse­power, hence its ti­tle 1.3 TCe 150.

In Aus­tralian terms that’s 110kW, and torque is an equally im­pres­sive 250 Nm from an amaz­ingly low 1600rpm.

De­spite this added power and torque the fuel con­sump­tion is rated at just 5.4 litres per 100km on the com­bined cy­cle.

We’ve yet to road test this new model but will do so asap and get back to you. The en­gine at this stage is only fit­ted to a Cap­tur In­tens S-Edi­tion and has drive­away pric­ing start­ing from $32,990.

Only 162 Re­nault Cap­tur S-Edi­tion is be­ing im­ported. It rides on 17-inch Fi­lante di­a­mond-cut al­loy wheels, there are Gun Metal Grey door pro­tec­tion in­serts and skid plates front and rear. It car­ries S-Edi­tion badges.

Four two-tone metal­lic paint fin­ish com­bi­na­tions are avail­able — Iron Blue with Di­a­mond Black roof that’s unique to this model, Pearl White with Black Roof, Mer­cury Grey with Black roof and Oys­ter Grey with Black roof. In­side, this sporti­est Cap­tur fea­tures ex­clu­sive Al­can­tara leather up­hol­stery with blue top stitch­ing. The colour is also used on the con­sole, steer­ing wheel, gear lever bel­lows and hand­brake.

The Re­nault tech­nol­ogy pack­age is stan­dard and uses R-LINK 2 in­fo­tain­ment with a BOSE pre­mium sound sys­tem.

Park­ing is made sim­pler with front side and rear park­ing, a rev­ers­ing cam­era and Re­nault’s Easy Park As­sist.

If you don’t set up your door mir­rors cor­rectly the Cap­tur will use blind spot warn­ing to try and keep you out of trou­ble.

Re­nault Aus­tralia ad­vises that, “for the time be­ing” this high-tech pow­er­plant is only on the Cap­tur S-Edi­tion.

Which sug­gests it’s keep­ing its op­tions open and we will see it on other lower-cost Cap­turs.

Stay tuned.

The S-Edi­tion has 17-inch al­loy wheels.

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