The all-new second-generation Renault Captur crossover is bound for South Africa and we couldn’t be more excited. Judging from a few ‘not-so-secret’ spy shots, it certainly looks the part while showing off the new modular CMF-B platform with an eye on electrification along with level 2 semi-autonomous driving tech.
According to Renault, the new CMF-B platform is lighter, quieter, more efficient and optimised for better aerodynamics. It is also the first Renault fitted with the new E-Tech plug-in hybrid powertrain. There is no confirmation yet in terms of engine options for South Africa but European buyers have a wide variety of powertrain options including variants in petrol, diesel and the hybrid spectrum.
2020 Renault Captur Dimensions And Styling
For those familiar with the outgoing model, the new Renault Captur is 110mm longer with a more elegant and somewhat sportier exterior. The extra length also results in a 2cm longer wheelbase and depending on the model, you can drive away on up to 18-inch alloy wheels.
The 2020 Renault Captur crossover keeps its C-shaped LEDs at the front complimenting the bumper design. Full LEDs are now also a standard feature which adds to the overall distinctive look along with similar taillights and chrome stripes on the rear side panels. Renault will also offer roof bars or a semi-glazed opening sunroof as optional extras.
At the time of the launch, the 2020 Renault Captur will be available in 11 exterior colours, 4 contrasting roof colours and 3 customisation packages. That means a total of 90 potential colour schemes which is something Renault says is unique in this segment.
Interior Design, Features And Space
If you like the new impressive Renault Clio, then you’ll love the interior of the 2020 Renault Captur as they are similar. Renault has indicated that they have used much-improved materials and as with the exterior colours, the cabin can also be customised.
A large vertical screen dominates the dashboard and just underneath are several buttons controlling various functions. One of the standouts is the so-called “flying console” where the gear lever is positioned. It has been elevated for better ergonomics and to free up additional storage space, ideal for the optional wireless inductive charging system.
The TFT digital instrument cluster and an optional touchscreen are reportedly the biggest in its class. It is angled towards the driver and comes with an all-new Easy Link multimedia system and always-on 4G connectivity which supports a wide variety of services.
In terms of legroom, they have added 17mm and boot capacity is 81 litres more than its predecessor at 536 litres. There is also a sliding rear bench seat giving the option to alternate between the two compartments depending on the space required.
2020 Renault Captur Engine Specs And Performance
As mentioned earlier, there has been no indication of the engine options for South Africa but abroad, the petrol range starts with Renault’s brand new 1-litre, 3-cylinder TCe turbo-petrol producing 74kW and 160Nm. The other derivative is a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol which is available in 96kW/240Nm and 114kW/270Nm options.
Going the diesel route, the 2020 Renault Captur proudly carries an upgraded version of the familiar 1.5 dCi engine. It has two respectable models with output levels of 70kW/240Nm or 85kW/260Nm. There are also two transmission options depending on the engine in the form of a six-speed manual and seven-speed EDC dual-clutch gearbox.
From next year, the 2020 Renault Captur will become the first vehicle in its class to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain option. Renault’s new E-Tech powertrain combines an electric motor to a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a claimed range of up to 45km between charges.
Autonomous Driving Technologies
The list of impressiveness only continues as the 2020 Renault Captur reportedly has the most extensive range of equipment and advanced driver assistance systems in its class. One of the features we’d like to highlight is the new Highway And Traffic Jam Companion. It provides Level 2 autonomous driving assistance but drivers are still required to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times.
Other available driver aids include a 360-degree camera and an active emergency braking system with cyclist and pedestrian detection. The Renault Captur should be launched in South Africa during the second half of 2020. They will announce the local specifications and pricing closer to the launch date.
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