Captur continues local Renault revival

Captur continues local Renault revival

Renault New Zealand has launched one specification of its new high-riding Captur five-door crossover at $35,990 which it says offers a great deal of value for money.

Only one trim level called Dynamique will be available to New Zealand customers, but there are a plethora of factory options, including the two-tone paint combinations.

“Captur is the most accessorised vehicle in the Renault brand stable,” says Renault New Zealand chief operating officer Tom Griffiths.

The New Zealand distributor of the French brand says key competitors will be the Mazda CX-3, Holden Trax, and Nissan Juke.

Griffiths says regardless of the different engines supplied; the specification level of the vehicles is similar.

“We will be targetting lifestyle and business users; I’d be happy with greater numbers of sales than expected, but we are confident of 100 to 150 units in our first 12 months of sales,” says Griffiths.

“It [Captur] is the second permutation of the new design files from Renault, and I expect that it will outsell the current Koleos SUV,” he says.

Griffiths says he expects the Captur Dynamique will support Clio sales rather than cannibalise them, and he is looking forward to an onslaught of new product in 2016 with the arrival of the new Megane hatchback, as well as the five and seven-seat versions of the new Koleos SUV.

He says a competitor to the Mazda CX-5 is also a possibility. The Alaskan Ute will go into left-hand-drive production next year, but Griffiths says it is unlikely that a right-hand drive model is ready for sale locally before late 2017.

The new Captur Crossover is slightly longer than the Clio hatchback but shares its basic architecture and the 1.2-litre four-cylinder direct injection turbocharged petrol engine and six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

Standard features in the Dynamique variant including a high-definition reversing camera, rear parking sensors, satellite navigation, automatic windscreen wipers, automatic headlights and Renault’s smart card for hands-free entry and exit.

The sliding rear bench seat provides the ideal balance of space for passengers and their luggage, with a maximum carrying capacity of 455 litres.

Griffiths says the local Renault team have opted to keep the options down to a minimum.

There are 12 two-tone combinations available for an additional $750 including the striking Corsica Orange and Ivory White combination on the Captur pictured above.

The availability of removable seat covers that can be machine washed at home and refitted, underline Captur’s character as a truly user-friendly vehicle.

The “Zip” collection synthetic leather seat covers are a $1000 option and are available from any Renault dealership.

Alternatively, factory leather seats with heating for the front seat occupants are available for an additional $2000. A front console armrest is $400, a boot tread plate is $200, and a focal Audio upgrade pack is an additional $2000.

An exterior style pack is also available for the Captur including front and rear skid plates ($400 each), side steps ($1300) and roof rails ($450).

Renault says a special edition Red and Black Captur model will be arriving for local consumption in February 2016.

A quick drive from the Greenlane dealership to Whitford and back revealed the Captur to be a very pleasant commuter vehicle.

Its behaviour and handling are not dissimilar to the Clio, offering a stable ride even when pressing on around corners at speed, very perky performance from the engine and transmission, and very good cabin refinement, its quiet even when driving on coarse chip sealed roads.

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