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2015-05-14 06:00

RENAULT has expanded its South African SUV line-up with the addition of the Captur crossover.

The Captur concept debuted at the 2011 Geneva auto show and is aimed at SA’s growing B-segment SUV market with three derivatives (Expression, Dynamique, Dynamique EDC) and two turbopetrol engines - a new one and 1.2-litre.

The Captur new 1.2 litre EDC petrol turbo is a result from Renault’s adaptation of its Formula 1 technology. The line-up offers two five-speed manual derivatives, the 66kW Turbo Dynamique and Expression, with the top-of-the-range Dynamique equipped with a six-speed auto.

The EDC is capable of 88kW/190Nm, reaches a top speed of 192km/h, with fuel consumption rated at 5.4 litres/100km and emissions of 125g/km.

The manual derivatives, powered the 900cc three-cylinder unit borrowed from its Clio sibling, are capable of 66kW/135Nm, can reach a top speed of 171km/h, with a fuel consumption of 4.9 litres/100km and emissions of 113g/km. An ECO function modifies the engine’s response to reduce fuel consumption.

At the front, it sports the automaker’s diamond-shaped badge and stylish grille with LEDs. The Captur has duel-tone body colours and can be fitted with 16” and 17” alloy rims. It has a ground clearance of 170mm and an elevated driving position. Since its debut in 2013, Renault reports 255 000 units sold.

It has Renault’s MediaNav multimedia system with 17cm touchscreen, satnav, radio/CD audio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Standard kit includes a hands-free key card, power side mirrors and power windows (front and rear), auto aircon (with one touch, quick demist function) while rear parking sensors, auto headlights, cruise control and rain sensor. A tyre pressure sensor is standard for Dynamique units.

Boot space is rated at 377 litres and 455 litres with the rear bench pushed forward. With the rear seats folded, maximum boot space increases to 1235 litres.

In 2013, the Captur achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, the 15th Renault to do so. In terms of safety it’s equipped with an anti-lock braking system, emergency brake assist, electronic stability control, hill assist, dual front and side airbags as well as three Isofix child-seat anchors.

Prices

Captur 66kW Expression - R219 900

Captur 66kW Dynamique - R239 900

Captur 88kW EDC Dynamique - R279 900

The new Captur is sold with a five-year or 150 000km warranty, a three-year or 45 000km service plan and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services intervals are 15 000km or one-year intervals.

- Wheels24

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