Renault Captur fans have been biting at the bit for the 2019 model to hit showroom floors and they certainly weren’t disappointed when it did. The Captur has always been a staunch favourite with the local compact SUV crowd (in fact, over 1.2 million units have been sold globally since its launch back in 2013!) and the elegant updates that had been made to the existing design have only served to cement its popularity even further.
Since Australia has rejected the Renault Alaskan, reports from Down Under suggest that a new Renault bakkie might be on the cards. In a statement from Renault Australia’s managing director, Anouk Poelmann said that the company is “not walking away” from the bakkie segment but that they were looking at “other opportunities”.
Since the Renault Captur was first introduced in 2013, the brand has come a long way to where it is today. In fact, it is one of their most important cars as they sell more than the Renault Clio and the Renault Megane. They’ve invested a lot of time and money in the second-generation Renault Captur and it has certainly paid off.
Sometimes major events start with a bang, sometimes they are almost silent. Quiet, like an electric car.
This major event was the launch of the electric Renault City K-ZE in China. It is based on the super affordable Renault Kwid first launched in the Indian market. The City K-ZE could well be the most important car of this century thus far.
Its official, the new seven-seater Renault Triber is coming to South Africa in 2020. The new Triber is built on Renault’s modular CMF-A+ platform that also underpins the Kwid hatchback. It is the epitome of “value-for-money” slotting in seamlessly above the Renault Kwid and likely set to challenge the Datsun GO+.
The French automaker confirmed that the 2020 Renault Triber will be manufactured in Chennai and sold to the eager public in India at a very competitive price toward the second half of 2019. This new addition to the Renault family has been described as a “joint project” between their Indian and French teams.
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.
South Africans seem to love SUVs more than most and with options like the new Renault Duster, this competitive segment has reached a boiling point. At first glance, the second generation Renault Duster may look similar to the current model but it has more finesse and a touch of modernity. Over and above the exterior design, performance is impressive and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the economy, especially considering the price of fuel nowadays.
There is some good news all the way from Delhi, India in the form of the new seven-seater Renault Triber. Renault has made a bold move expanding their range in the hotly contested crossover market. The Triber is a modified version of the Renault Kwid’s CMF-A platform and will be vying for top spot against the likes of the Honda BR-V, Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Avanza.
Toward the latter part of 2018, there were several reports of a facelifted Renault Kwid heading to South Africa. That rumour has been confirmed as an updated version will be on sale in October.
The Renault Kwid first launched in India as far back as September 2015 and reached our shores in November 2016. Since then, the Renault Kwid has become a popular choice for many taking 3rd place overall of South Africa’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars in February 2019 with 1 069 units. On top of that, they have sold over 20 000 vehicles since its November 2016 debut.
The latest Mk5 Renault Clio has been made official at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and comes with a new design and features. There will be a number of different models including a hybrid version with a new E-Tech hybrid engine developed by Renault. At the moment, there are no indications whether the new Renault Clio will be available in South Africa but let’s keep our fingers crossed.