Europe's highly-competitive premium crossover segment just got a new entrant.
Renault has unveiled the 2013 Captur, a crossover aimed squarely at the Peugeot 2008.
The car's overall design clearly borrows styling cues from the fourth-generation Clio hatchback. Its front end is fitted with Renault's recently-inaugurated corporate grille, which puts it in line with the automaker's current design language.
The French firm's latest crossover is billed as a premium vehicle so all trim levels come equipped with upmarket features such as chrome trim all around and LED running lights up front.
A tablet-like touch screen that allows passengers to control Renault's R-Link infotainment system is mounted in the center of the dashboard. Although the instrument cluster, the windows switches, the shift knob and the steering wheel are all lifted from the Clio parts bin, the crossover's higher price is partially justified by a wide array of standard features, including keyless entry and rear parking sensors.
The success of Citroën's DS sub-brand has proved that buyers are increasingly seeking the ability to customize their car. Renault has decided to give the concept a shot and the Captur is available with a two-tone paint job, body-colored inserts on the seats as well as a complete range of accessories.
The Captur is offered with Renault's new 0.9-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine and the time-tested 1.5-liter DCi four-cylinder turbodiesel.
The crossover is scheduled to go on sale throughout Europe next spring. Renault has confirmed that it will be built in Spain, and that it will finally replace the moribund Modus MPV.
Live images by Ronan Glon.