Renault has unveiled the Captur Concept car last month. This sporty crossover is the second concept car to demonstrate Renault’s new design strategy, a cornerstone of its “Renault 2016 – Drive the Change” plan, with its small twin-turbo engine combining driving fun, enjoyable performance and low CO2 emissions.
Renault Captur Concept is fitted with a hard convertible roof which, once removed, reveals a carbon fibre framework. The Captur can thus transform itself from a coupé to a convertible, from an urban vehicle to an off-roader, while its overall sporty appeal is reinforced by its butterfly doors and large tyres fitted to 22-inch black and white rims.
Captur makes use of a twin-turbo engine-concept, developed from the new 1.6 dCi, Energy dCi 130. The range of electric vehicles will run alongside internal-combustion engined models that combine performance with contained fuel consumption. This Energy dCi Concept engine produces 118kW (160hp) from a capacity of 1.6 liters – that’s a specific power output of 100hp per liter. Peak torque (380Nm) is available from as low as 1,750rpm. Paired with a dual clutch EDC gearbox, this driveline promises genuinely enjoyable driving with CO2 emissions of 99g/km.
The interior of Renault Captur is designed to be both welcoming and occupant-friendly. The centre console, door casings and dashboard are formed using a translucent material rather like a second skin. At the front of the cabin, this includes a glimpse of the high-tech fiber ropes – luminescent in places – that have been employed for most of the passenger compartment.