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Renault gives Captur the diesel treatment

Renault gives Captur the diesel treatment
Deon Schoeman

Renault South Africa has added a diesel-engined model to its popular Captur subcompact SUV range. The new variant will initially be offered both as a limited-edition Sunset model, as well as in standard Dynamique trim.

The two variants are mechanically identical, and are powered by Renault’s 1,5-litre dCi turbodiesel engine. In its application here, it produces 66 kW of maximum power at 4 000 rpm, linked to a 220 Nm torque peak available from 1 750 rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard.

The Captur 1.5 dCi is credited with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 13,1 sec, which won’t break any sprint records, while top speed is 171 km/h. However, owners are likely to be more interested in the little SUV’s in-gear tractability and low-down urge, both of which should be more than eager enough.

Renault’s fuel consumption claims are impressive, too: it quotes a combined cycle consumption figure of just 3,6 litres/100 km, together with CO2 exhaust emissions of 95 g/km, making the Captur 1.5 dCi exempt from emissions tax.

The Sunset Edition features an eye-catching colour combination of black and orange, with the latter acting as the accent colour for the roof, exterior mirrors and trim accents. The same orange is also used to brighten up the interior, with orange detailing for the air vents, the door-mounted loudspeakers, the infotainment screen and the steering wheel. Even the seat covers feature black-and-orange fabric.

The comprehensive standard specification list is the same for both the Sunset Edition and the more conventional 1.5 dCi Dynamique. Highlights include an integrated multimedia system with a seven-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, radio playback, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port.

Also on the list are electric windows and mirrors, a hands-free key card, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors linked to a reverse camera, auto-activated headlights and windscreen wipers, and tyre pressure monitoring.

The new Captur 1.5 dCi Dynamique and 1.5 dCi Sunset Edition are priced at R289 900 and R292 400 respectively. They join the three existing petrol-powered Captur models, two of which are 66 kW models, while the more powerful 88 kW version with EDC dual-clutch gearbox remains the range topper.

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