Evidently, Renault’s executives in France have not been content to sit idly by as their alliance partners at Nissan have happily mopped up enviable global sales totals with their Juke crossover. We’ve been hearing about an answer from Renault for some time now, and the production Captur is finally a reality at the Geneva Motor Show.
Packing what it says is the styling and driving position of an SUV, the configurable interior of a minivan and the driving verve of a small sedan, the Captur is hoping to become a big-volume player in Europe’s mushrooming small CUV class that also includes cars like the Škoda Yeti. Less boxy than its Czech rival, the Captur’s fluid styling is also unlikely to furrow as many brows and wrinkle as many noses as the love/hate Juke. And taking a page from the Mini playbook, Captur will offer a contrasting roof paint color to increase personalization possibilities. Even if it lacks some of the visual charisma (and the butterfly doors) of the 2011 Captur concept, we think it’s a very handsome package overall, one we wouldn’t mind seeing in North America.
Clever details abound in the interior – check out the videos below – including a large crisper-drawer-like glovebox and trick washable seat covers that zip off and can be changed depending on one’s mood.
Renault hasn’t spilled all the details yet on the Captur’s powertrains – or even indicated whether all-wheel drive will be available – but it has confided that both gas and diesel engines will be offered.
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