Renault Lifts the Curtain on New Captur Small Crossover, the French Juke

After the release of a teaser image and a video earlier this week, Renault pulled the wraps off the all-new Captur, a sub-compact crossover that will make its world debut at the Geneva Salon in March before arriving in showrooms across Europe in late spring.

The new Captur is the French version of the Nissan Juke, with which it shares its platform architecture that also underpins the Renault Clio Mk4. At 4,120mm (162.2-inches) long, the Captur is only 5mm (about 0.2-inches) shorter than the Juke.

According to Renault, the Captur combines the “expressive styling and driving position of an SUV, the cabin space and modular interior of an MPV, and the agility and driving enjoyment of a compact hatchback”.

While it may borrow the name of the athletic three-door Captur Concept from 2011, when it came to the design, Renault chose to look more towards the latest Clio than the study itself.

Renault says the Captur will offer many customization options including a two-tone color scheme that produces a contrast between the roof and pillars and the rest of the bodywork, as well as a choice of colors and motifs for the different trim features in the cabin.

Inside, the French brand tells us that the crossover offers “a large boot, modular interior and innovative stowage solutions” borrowed from the world of MPVs (minivans), adding that it will be equipped with plenty of standard features including hands-free entry, hill start assist and rear parking sensors.

Available features will include an in-dash Renault R-Link touchscreen multimedia tablet, plus a system that comprises six loudspeakers, Bluetooth connectivity, audio-streaming and Arkamys hi-fi sound

Renault is holding back on the engine details, but said that the Captur will be offered with a variety of petrol and diesel engines with “best-in-class fuel consumption” and CO2 emissions starting from as low as 96g/km. From what we understand, the engine lineup will mirror that of the new Clio with the latest turbocharged three-cylinder petrol and four-cylinder diesel units.

The Captur will be manufactured at Renault’s Valladolid plant in Spain.

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