The second-generation Renault Captur has rather big shoes to fill, as the current model has been steadily finishing in the top spots of its segment in Europe for a few years now.
Renault continues the development work on the Captur replacement, which will share the same updated CMF-B platform with the recently revealed new Clio and therefore expected to benefit from its better packaging.
Renault will take advantage of that last part in order to fit a plug-in hybrid powertrain that reportedly features a 9.8kWh battery pack, enabling the new Captur to drive on electric power alone for around 30 miles (50km). A mild-hybrid diesel option is also reportedly on the cards.
The rest of the engine range will include a 1.0-liter turbo petrol offered with two different outputs, as well as a 1.5-liter diesel option. The new 1.3-liter petrol unit that was jointly developed between Renault-Nissan and Daimler is also expected to be added in the range.
The exterior styling will borrow cues from the Clio as well, adopting cleaner lines for a more premium appearance. Inside you’ll get the same tech features with the French supermini model, meaning a digital instrument cluster, a bigger infotainment screen (up to a portrait-oriented 9.3-inch display), softer-to-the-touch materials and plenty of clever solutions that take advantage of the taller body.
Driver assistance systems will play a major role in the new Captur, with semi-autonomous technology to be offered for the first time in an SUV of this size.
With the new Clio set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Renault is expected to reveal the new Captur sometime during this summer and start selling it towards the end of the year.