The Renault Captur concept was revealed on the 10th February
2011 by Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.
The Renault Captur was a sporty looking crossover which
featured incredibly curvaceous and rounded bodywork.
The Captur is designed to further extend the simple, sensuous
and warm styling that will be progressively extended to
future Renault car designs.
Laurens Van den Acker, Director of Design at Renault said
of the vehicle: "Captur is a fun and sporty crossover,
ideal for a young couple about to discover the world".
Axel Breun, the Director of concept cars added; "It
takes as its basis the fundamental design language introduced
on the DeZir concept
car but adds a more technical dimension - more functional
but still highly sensuous".
The primary sources of design inspiration for the Renault
Captur came from athletes and radical sports. The car's
exterior designer, Julio Lozano, stated: "In designing
Captur, I began with the image of a sprinter on the starting
blocks, his muscles tensed, and the energy unleashed when
the starting pistol is fired". The Captur's bodywork
also references equipment such as helmets, gloves and
other protective gear used in sports, combining high technology
with sophistication and lightness.
The interior of the Renault Captur is designed to be both
inviting and occupant-friendly. The impression of lightness
is carried over to the interior, with the front seats
attached to the centre console as if floating in mid air.
The centre console, door casings and dashboard are formed
using a translucent material rather like a second skin.
Throughout the cabin are high-tech fibre ropes, luminescent
in places, which have been used in place of cushions.
The aluminium pedals, carbon bucket seats front seats
and steering wheel trimmed in gray textured leather lend
the interior a mild sporting tone.
Powering the Renault Captur is a 1.6 litre Energy dCi
diesel. This engine produces 160 horsepower, and 380 Nm
of torque from as low as 1,750 rpm. Paired with a dual
clutch EDC gearbox, this drivetrain produces CO2 emissions
of less than 99g/km.
The Renault Captur's performance and traction is further
improved by a system called RX2. Should one of the two
driven wheels lose traction, the RX2 mechanical self-locking
differential transfers all or part of the engines
torque to the wheel with the most grip.
The Captur concept also features the first use of the
Visio-System, an innovation that uses a forward-facing
camera mounted at the top of the windscreen to provide
driver-assistance functions. This new technology is able
to embed synthesized images into real-time images of the
road ahead displayed on a central screen; this is the
principle of augmented reality, aiming to enhance the
drivers perception of the external world by superimposing