Renault Captur could enter production

The compact SUV will signal a move upmarket for the French car maker, following similar moves to the likes of Citroen, whose premium DS Line launched successfully last year.

The Renault Captur was one of the stars of the show at Geneva thanks to its desirable styling based on the DeZir supercar. It included a menacing front end complete with elongated grille, narrow headlamps and rounded, chunky wheel arches.

Dramatic alloy wheels and a quirky interior featuring a hammock-like interior were big hits with the Geneva crowds, but these are expected to be dropped for a production version.

The crossover could be offered in two body styles to compete as an upmarket alternative to the Nissan Juke and take sales from Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque.

These would include a small five-door version and a three-door coupe – a route Land Rover has moved down with the Evoque, which goes on sale in November in the UK.

Renault is expected to focus on making the Captur a compact, fun to drive car with a premium interior and instantly recognisable styling.

No details of possible drivetrains have been announced because production versions remain a rumour for now.

However, the concept sported a 1.6-litre diesel engine with a theoretical output of 158bhp and the lofty promise of sub-100g/km CO2 emissions – enough to be VED-free in the UK and free from paying the London Congestion Charge.

If Renault does decide to create production versions of the Captur concept, it could arrive as early as 2013.

Renault’s only entry into the SUV market in recent years has been the Koleos SUV, and the brand currently does not boast a crossover in the style of the Evoque.