Renault Reveals Captur Crossover

2013 Geneva Motor Show

Clio-based compact crossover revealed ahead of its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in a couple of months from now.

Crossovers tend to veer towards aggressive design, but with the new Captur, Renault has gone in a decidedly more user-friendly direction. Combining the ruggedness (albeit a softer take thereon) and driving position of an SUV, the versatile and accommodating interior of a compact minivan and the agility of a compact sedan, the freshly-revealed Captur crossover represents the production realization of the concept car of the same name that debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the Clio, the Captur upgrades with a higher ground clearance, larger wheels and lower-body cladding to prepare it for whatever it might encounter on the dusty trail, although the vast majority of (European) owners will likely never take it off of city streets and highways. The Captur will be unveiled at the next Geneva show, exactly two years after its conceptual predecessor debuted. After that, production will begin in Valladolid, Spain, but presumably Renault will release some technical details beyond noting the "petrol and diesel engines available for the model" and its 4.12-meter overall length.

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