The all-new Renault Captur has been revealed ahead of an Australian launch in mid-2020 featuring a revised exterior, new cabin and added safety tech.
Like the new Clio, the second-generation Captur is built on the new CMF-B platform which allows it to be stronger, lighter and safer than the predecessor.
Renault claims the new Captur takes on an ‘athletic and dynamic new look’, however, it looks remarkably like the current model. There’s now tough-looking front and rear skid plates, chunky protective mouldings that run the entire length of the lower body, prominent wheel arch extensions, distinctively contoured wings, scalloped sides and the ‘floating roof’ treatment.
Renault has also fitted LED headlamps across the range which incorporate the trademark C-shape DRLs. Slim C-Shape lights are found at the rear.
Internally the new Captur takes plenty of inspiration from the new Clio. The car adopts the ‘Smart Cockpit’ layout which angles the controls towards the driver and incorporates a floating infotainment screen.
The brand claims higher-grade materials have been used to cover the dashboard, door panels and centre console.
An optional 9.3-inch infotainment screen is available which makes it the largest in the class. A digital screen replaces the traditional analogue instrument cluster and is available in 7- or 10-inch designs.
Other cabin highlights include a slimmed-down steering wheel, newly designed seats with 15mm longer seat base, a sliding rear bench seat and wireless smartphone charging.
In terms of space, the new Captur offers 17mm more leg room in the back, 81 litres more boot space at 536 litres plus 27 litres more storage in the cabin.
Safety will be taken care of with a range of driver assistance systems including autonomous emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection.
Thanks to the new CMF-B platform the Captur now offers a wider range of redesigned petrol and diesel engine as well as a new E-Tech plug-in hybrid option.
At launch, European markets will have the option of a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder 74kW/160Nm unit or two versions of the brand’s 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine tuned to deliver either 96kW/240Nm or 114kW/270Nm.
Diesel buyers can opt for a  1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo oiler producing either 70kW/204Nm or 85kW/260Nm.
Next year Renault will add an E-Tech plug-in hybrid variant to the range, that uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine, a 9.8kWh battery and two electric motors to offer 45km of electric driving range at speeds of up to 135km/h.
A six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be available depending on the engine and trim level.
The 2020 Renault Captur will first launch in Europe and arrive in Australian in the middle of next year. Local specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
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