Ever-popular crossover will go additional than the all-new Clio in standing out from its predecessor
The second-generation Renault Captur, due later this yr, shall be a a lot larger step in design to its predecessor in comparison with the brand new and outgoing Clio, mentioned design boss Laurens van den Acker.
The Captur, which when it launched was one of many first in a now-saturated small SUV phase, has remained on the prime of the gross sales chart in Europe regardless of its age.
Van den Acker mentioned the brand new mannequin shall be centered on every thing: “know-how, inside, exterior”.
He continued: “The Captur is in essentially the most dynamic market phase in Europe. The automotive trade has change into so aggressive – in case your product is just not 100% excellent, you're going to have a really robust life.”
The Captur will launch with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid variants. It's the second, following the Clio, in an onslaught of recent hybrids within the automotive maker’s vary. It is going to use an 89bhp petrol engine mated to a 40bhp electrical motor and 9,8kWh battery, which guarantees an electric-only vary of 25 to 30 miles.
The Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008 rival is because of arrive in the midst of subsequent yr, a couple of months after its platform-sharing supermini sibling: the fifth-generation Clio.
The newest spy photographs have given a glimpse of the upcoming crossover's design, which regardless of the intensive disguise of the check mule, reveals how the Captur will evolve.
The acquainted curvy entrance finish with an outsized Renault badge is clearly seen, though the excessive bonnet line takes inspiration from the bigger Kadjar SUV. A extra steeply rising waistline with a broader shoulderline will be seen behind the camouflage, as can a pinched rear window and sloping roof.
As with the brand new Clio, Renault will make extra intensive modifications to the Captur's inside design than the outside. A know-how improve is the model's prime precedence for its B-segment fashions, and we're anticipating to see a Tesla-style portrait infotainment system tailored from that discovered within the newest Mégane. A raft of semi-autonomous driver help options, shared with Nissan's upcoming ProPilot system, can even guarantee it has the high-tech attraction of premium-badged rivals.
Each the Captur and Clio shall be based mostly on a modified model of the present CMF-B platform, shared with the newest Nissan Micra. New 1.Zero-litre and 1.Three-litre turbo petrol engines - the latter co-developed with Mercedes and seen within the A-Class - shall be drafted in to enhance efficiency and effectivity, whereas a 1.5-litre diesel unit can even be supplied.
Like many crossovers, gross sales of Renault's Captur have been climbing steadily, with greater than twice as many bought in 2016 (215,000) than the model shifted in 2013 (84,000). Solely prior to now yr have gross sales began to tail off as newer fashions, such because the Seat Arona, appeal to patrons. With the brand new mannequin anticipated to be on sale by the summer time of 2019, it may assist the French automotive maker regain floor within the sector.
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