Renault Captur impresses at Geneva

Many manufacturers used the Geneva Motor Show this week to unveil their take on the crossover segment, where until recently Nissan had enjoyed unopposed success with the Juke and Qashqai.

However, Renault’s Captur, which features bold waves and flowing lines in its design, includes several features not seen before in the crossover market.

This includes a removable hard top, enabling the 4×4 model to morph into an SUV convertible. Inside, there is also an innovative back seat which can double as a storage space or even a hammock if needed thanks to the versatile ‘ropes’ system.

The car also features a ‘second skin’ inside, which is lit by orange lights to give a futuristic effect in the cabin.

These features, along with the butterfly doors and eye-catching chunky wheels will not be used in a production version of the Captur and instead are intended to emphasise the styling direction Renault will take in future.

While it remains a bold, unique concept, the Captur does include some hints at what a future road car could look like.

This includes the long, three-part grille first seen in the DeZir electric car concept, which according to designer Laurens van den Acker, will be used on future Renault cars to give them an instantly recognisable front end.

It also includes a concept based on the next generation of Renault engines in the form of the Energy dCi 160 twin-turbo engine concept. The engine is designed to reduces CO2 emissions below the 100g/km mark while still delivering 160hp.

Renault hopes to create a more desirable feel in its future cars and is expected to use the design language seen on the Captur to influence the next generation Renault Clio model.