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Restyled Renault Captur: without leather and chrome, with a new face and old technology

Renault has updated one of its most popular models – the second-generation Captur subcompact crossover, its sales in Europe will begin this month .

If the first generation Renault Captur was a global model (in Russia it was localized as Kaptur), then for the second generation crossover, which premiered in 2019, the main market was its native Europe, where it feels great. Last year, according to the analytical agency JATO Dynamics, sales of Renault Captur in the European market amounted to 145,193 units, which is 8% more than the 2022 result. Among classmates, the Volkswagen T-Roc (204,610 units, +13%), Toyota Yaris Cross (176,285 units, +29%), Ford Puma (159,704 units, +17%), Peugeot 2008 ( 158,376 units, +13%) and Dacia Duster (154,944 units, +5%).

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The update should bring the “second” Renault Captur closer to its competitors and make it more attractive to buyers. The front of the crossover has been thoroughly redesigned in the new Renault corporate style without the boring V-shaped cutout. The hood has become flatter and is located slightly higher than that of the pre-restyling crossover, the headlights have decreased in size and got rid of the previous LED squiggles, and the daytime running lights have moved to the corners of the front bumper and are made in the form of arrows – almost like sports electric Volkswagens from the GTX family.

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In general, it is clear that the front end has become more faceted, which is somewhat discordant with the rounded shapes of the rest of the body. The rear, essentially, has not changed: the lights have white transparent sections, and the shape of the lower trim of the rear bumper has been slightly changed. The chrome trim, which is now considered not environmentally friendly, has completely disappeared from the body. The design of branded wheel rims (17, 18 and 19 inches) has been updated. The body dimensions have changed insignificantly: the overall length of the updated Capture is 4239 mm, width is 1797 mm, height is 1575 mm, wheelbase is 2639 mm.

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The interior architecture is the same, but the decoration now uses exclusively environmentally friendly materials obtained from recycled materials and plants. By 2025, Renault intends to completely eliminate animal-derived materials. The new vertical multimedia touch screen OpenR Link with a diagonal of 10.4 inches partially absorbed the microclimate unit, another storage niche took the place of convenient “twists”, the total volume of containers for small items in the cabin reached 24.7 liters. Luckily, basic climate settings can be made using small physical keys under the media screen.

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The multimedia screen has the latest Android Automotive 12 operating system and wirelessly supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone interfaces. The instrument screen graphics have also been updated; its diagonal in top trim levels is 10.25 inches. The top-end includes the Esprit Alpine trim with blue inserts and the styling of Alpine sports cars – we have already seen this trim on the Renault Clio hatchback updated a year ago. The rear seat of the Capture can be moved forward by 16 cm, due to which the trunk volume will increase from 422 to 536 liters; with the backrests folded, the volume reaches 1334 liters. Due to the design features, hybrid versions have a smaller trunk: 326-440 liters with the rear seat in use and 1289 liters with the backrests folded.

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In accordance with the new EU safety rules, the Captur has expanded the range of electronic driver assistants included as standard equipment: now the crossover by default has a wide-range automatic emergency braking system, a driver monitoring system (gives an alarm if the driver is not looking at the road or falls asleep) , adaptive cruise control with traffic jam mode, traffic sign recognition system, lane keeping system and circling parking sensors.

Hybrid Renault Captur E-Tech 145

The set of power plants for the Captur is the same, it’s just not the same in all European countries, but all versions have only front-wheel drive. The full-fledged hybrid Captur E-Tech 145 is considered top: its power plant includes a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine with a power of 94 hp, a starter-generator with a power of 24 hp, and a traction electric motor with a power of 49 hp. , multi-mode automatic three-shaft 4-speed gearbox with cam clutches instead of traditional disk synchronizers and a buffer battery with a capacity of 1.2 kWh. The maximum combined output of the hybrid power plant is 145 hp. and 205 Nm. Previously, Captur also had a plug-in hybrid version, but one for this class turned out to be too expensive and of little demand, and now it is gone. The diesel version disappeared from the range three years ago.

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The base Captur is equipped with a 1.0 liter petrol turbo engine (90 hp, 160 Nm) paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The same engine is available in some countries in a dual-fuel version (gasoline/liquefied propane-butane, also known as LPG), in which case its output is 100 hp. and 170 Nm.

The 1.3-liter petrol four-cylinder turbo engine is equipped with a mild hybrid add-on in the form of a 48-volt starter generator and a small buffer battery; it produces 140 hp. and 260 Nm in combination with a 6-speed manual transmission and 160 hp. and 270 Nm in combination with a 7-speed automatic transmission of the DCT type (with two clutches). In some countries, the same engine can be purchased without a hybrid add-on paired with an automatic transmission; the maximum output in this case is 155 hp. and 270 Nm.

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Recall that the second generation Renault Captur is based on the modular CMF-platform B, front suspension – McPherson type, rear – semi-independent with a transverse torsion beam. The Renault press service reports that during the restyling, the characteristics of the Captur's suspension and steering were revised in order to obtain a better balance of handling and comfort, and the hybrid Captur received new shock absorbers.

Price lists for the updated Renault Captur has not yet been published; the pre-restyling crossover costs in Germany from 23,700 euros.

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