A runaway success in Europe with sales of 215 670 and one of Renault South Africa's most popular models, the Captur now takes after the Scenic and Megane aesthetically with a new grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers, C-shaped LED daytime running lights, full LED headlights, new colours and the option of a fixed panoramic roof on models with the optional new two-tone paint finish.
Inside, the revisions include updated materials and fabrics, new steering wheel, LED overhead light, new door panels and on higher spec models, Renault's R-Link infotainment system displayed on a seven-inch touchscreen screen with Bluetooth, USB, Android Auto, satellite navigation, Wi-Fi, 3G and real time traffic updates.
Lesser models will employ the French marque's R&Go smartphone integration system or MediaNav Evolution on mid-spec models. In terms of the safety, the Captur now features Blind Spot Warning and hands-free Easy Parking.
In addition to the normal range of trim levels, the Captur now features a brand new Initiale Paris flagship model, which adds a metallic rear skidplate, chrome grille, Initiale Paris branding, sequential LED headlights, 17-inch Initiale alloy wheels and Amethyste Black paint finish.
Interior differences compared to the standard Captur are heated nappa leather seats, nappa trimmed steering wheel, leather dashboard, aluminium door handles and pedals, and chrome detailing.
Unlike its exterior, the Captur remains unchanged up front with petrol power coming from a 898 cc three-cylinder turbo developing 66 kW and 140 Nm of torque, and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder with 88 kW and 206 Nm. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the former with a six-speed EDC again the only option on the latter.
Proving diesel power, Renault's stalwart 1.5 dCi again comes in two outputs of 66 kW / 220 Nm, and 81 kW / 260 Nm. Transmissions consists of a five-speed manual or six-speed EDC, with a six-speed manual standard on the dCi 110.