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Striking new Renault Captur boldly adopts brand’s latest look

The Renault Captur has been facelifted with a striking new exterior design that mirrors its siblings

  • New look in line with Renault’s latest design language
  • New Google-based 10.4-inch infotainment system
  • Expected in September 2024

The second-generation Renault Captur has been around since 2020 and has proven a big success amongst small SUV rivals, having won our Best Small Family Car award in 2021 and 2022. Renault has now revealed the facelifted Captur, which will aim to keep it fighting fit against its rivals, the Ford Puma and Nissan Juke (both of which also recently received facelifts.)

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The new Renault Captur gets a drastically different front end, which features separate two-piece light clusters on each side, rather than the large single-piece C-shaped elements of the outgoing car. It’s a striking new look, but not because the design is particularly wild – on the contrary, it’s an arguably more conservative, boxier style which leans into the strong SUV aesthetic more than before.

At the rear, the styling is largely unchanged from the old car, and still features C-shaped rear lights, though these now feature a more tinted look. Entry-level Evolution cars feature new 17-inch alloys, while mid-spec Techno gets 18-inch wheels, and the new top-spec Esprit Alpine stands out with larger 19-inch wheels, high gloss window surrounds and an aerodynamic splitter and rear skid plates finished in a Slate Grey matt colour.

The facelifted Renault Captur is now more closely aligned with some of the brand’s other cars, the Renault Scenic and facelifted Renault Clio, which were the first to feature its latest design language. The facelift also marks the first time the Captur has featured its new minimalist retro-inspired logo, rather than the old 3D logo of the outgoing model.

What’s new about the new Renault Captur’s interior?

As well as the exterior spruce-up, the new Renault Captur features a revamped interior. For starters, upon entering the new Captur, occupants will be greeted by a new sound sequence developed in collaboration with famed French musician Jean-Michel Jarre.

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Evolution cars will get grey seat fabric, while Techno adds yellow stitching and a Renault badge-inspired diamond pattern. Top-spec Esprit Alpine models feature more high-end multi-textured fabric on the seats and door panels, plus Alpine branding and the French flag dotted around the upholstery. There are no leather or chrome options, as Renault aims to phase out animal-derived and eco-unfriendly materials from its lineup by 2025.

Renault has installed its latest infotainment tech on the inside, in the form of the Open R Link multimedia system with Google built-in, plus Android Automotive 12 – its first application in a car from this segment. This runs on a new large 10.4-inch vertical touchscreen on the centre of the dash, and the whole system is compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A new digital dash of up to 10.25 inches in size is included on Techno and Esprit Alpine models, and USB-C sockets for the rear passengers come on these trims, too. All models get a wireless phone charger in the centre console.

What are the new Renault Captur’s engine options?

Just like the outgoing car, the 2024 Renault Captur will be available with a choice between a 1.0-litre TCe 90 engine with 90bhp, or a 1.6-litre E-Tech full hybrid 145 system with 145bhp for increased performance and efficiency, which should equate to low running costs.

Renault says work has gone into improving the suspension and power steering systems for a more agile, responsive and satisfying drive – the full hybrid 145 specifically gets all-new shock absorbers.

What about safety?

Renault has long committed to building cars with safety at the forefront, and the new Captur is no exception. The brand’s smallest SUV now features 18 different safety systems, all of which can be customised via the multimedia screen. As well as turning these systems on or off, you can now customise the level of these features’ intensity, whether to include sound alerts and other settings.

Safety kit includes autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a driver fatigue monitor, and there are driver convenience aids such as adaptive cruise control with stop and go, hill start assist, front, rear and side parking sensors.

How much is the new Renault Captur and when can you buy one?

Renault is yet to confirm pricing for the new Renault Captur, but we wouldn’t expect prices to rise much higher than the outgoing car’s circa £21,600 starting figure. Renault has confirmed the new Renault Captur will go on sale around September 2024.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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