The Renault Captur will hit Irish roads this July

Captur, the new urban crossover from Renault, will hit Irish roads this July bringing a welcome splash of colour and glamour to the B segment.

A unique blend of MPV, SUV and family hatchback, Captur will appeal to a particularly broad spectrum of customer tastes.

Though compact, it is very roomy thanks to a key feature, a sliding rear seat which has fore-and-aft travel of 160mm and provides up to 215mm of knee room for rear passengers.

Here’s what to expect when Captur hits Irish roads this summer: •  Two trim levels for Renault’s first supermini crossover: Life and Intense.

•  Two engines available in Ireland – 100% turbo – including the Energy TCe 90 S&S  (three cylinders and 898cc) and the Energy dCi 90 S&S engine which uses just 78.4mpg and emits just 95g of CO2 per km. These two engines will be available on both trim levels from launch with a dCi 90 EDC engine following in 2014.

• MediaNav will be available as standard on Intense trim, with R-Link available as an option.

• Impressive core specification: 16″ alloy wheels, 60/40 split and sliding rear seat bench, body coloured bumpers, cruise control, ABS with Emergency Brake Assist, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), front and rear electric windows, HSA (Hill Start Assist), speed limiter, Bluetooth® connectivity, trip computer, hands-free key card, automatic climate control and leather steering wheel.

• Intense trim comes with MediaNav as standard in addition to: 17″ alloy wheels, foglights with corner lighting, chromed design features and removable upholstery.

• Clever touches include zipped removable, wipeable and washable seat covers, dual height boot floor with reversible cover and sliding rear seat bench (boot space from 377 to 455 litres, up to 1,235 when folded)

Captur, the French marque’s new entrant, will be looking to emulate the impressive start for New Clio, with which it shares its underpinnings and much of its style. With keen pricing and a series of life-simplifing features up its sleeve, it will also be looking to make serious inroads in the booming B-segment crossover class.

Powering Renault’s latest creation are two 100% turbo engines, including the TCe 90 and 1.5 dCi 90. An EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) version of the dCi 90 will follow later in 2014.

Improving fuel economy and helping to drive down emissions still further, Stop&Start is standard on every manual version.

Renault’s new entrant combines the best of three worlds: the style and driving position of an SUV, the cabin space and versatility of an MPV and the driving experience of a compact hatchback.

With the rear seat bench slid forward, and including the storage area under its dual height boot floor, its 377-litre boot increases to a sizeable 455 litres.

With the rear seats folded it will swallow up to 1,235 litres. The boot floor not only allows valuables to be hidden away from prying eyes, it’s also reversible, carpeted on one side, with rubber on the other.

At launch, the Renault Captur is offered in a choice of two trim levels: Life and Intense. Further details of theses trims specs and pricing will be announced at launch.