New compact SUV takes advantage of the Duster platform, but brings more refined visual and interior
After attracting attention during the CARS FOR ALL TYPES Show, Captur, finally, arrives at the Renault dealerships. Manufactured in São José dos Pinhais (PR), the brand’s second sports utility represents the first step in a commercial strategy focused on SUVs.
Later this year, the Koleos (medium-large model imported from South Korea) arrive in Brazil, and the Kwid, a subcompact with adventurous clothing that will refer to a mini-SUV.
Developed in France in conjunction with the brand’s Latin American design studio, Captur (pronounced “cáptur”) to be sold in Brazil (and the rest of the continent) uses the same platform as the Kaptur (with K) Russian, Derived from the Duster – the European, more modern, uses the platform of the fourth generation of the Clio.
The Latin American model has a style very similar to European, although some details are unique – such as the design of air intakes and auxiliary LED lights. The modern lines bring the brand’s new visual identity and favor two-tone painting (which will be optional), one of the trademarks of the model.
A characteristic that jumps to the eyes is the free span in relation to the ground, which seems even exaggerated when the car is seen in profile. This should help to withstand the holes, ditches and spines of Brazilian roads, but can cause difficulties in accessing the interior.
The interior features a dashboard combining digital speedometer with analog counter-turns and fuel marker displays. Except for the Media NAV multimedia center (the one used in Logan, Sandero and Duster), Captur’s look is the same as the European model.
Captur is 4.33 meters long, 1.62 meters high, 1.81 meters wide and has a wheelbase of 2.67 meters. It is larger than the compact SUVs that dominate the market. The trunk also outpaces its rivals, with 437 liters.
The Captur will be offered in two trim versions, two engine options and two transmission types (the CVT box will be offered by the middle of the year, according to Renault). The Zen version ($ 78,900) will come with the 1.6 16V SCe engine (120 hp / 118 hp at 5,500 rpm) adopted a few months ago in the Sandero and Logan duo, and is combined with the five-speed manual transmission.
They are standard four airbags, electronic stability (ESP) and traction (ASR) controls, ramp start assist (HSA), support for Isofix seats, electro-hydraulic steering, steering column with height adjustment, Conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows, perimeter alarm, key-card, audio and cell control on steering column, driver’s seat with height adjustment, automatic door locking at 6 km / h, daytime running lights In LED, folding mirrors and autopilot with indicator and speed limiter.
Central multimedia Media Nav + rear camera (R $ 1,990) and two-tone painting (R $ 1,400) are part of the list of options.
For R $ 88,490, Captur Intense takes advantage of the 2.0 16V (148 hp / 143 hp at 5,750 rpm) engine from the Duster, which also lent the old four-speed automatic.
In addition to the equipment of the Zen version, the SUV gains 17-wheeled wheels with diamond finish, armrest, media center Media Nav with seven-inch touchscreen display, rear camera, digital air conditioner, rain sensor, twilight sensor and fog lights With Cornering Light function. Leather-coated seats (R $ 1,500) and two-tone painting (R $ 1,400) are optional.