The compact crossover segment is set for big growth this year with the introduction of Peugeot’s 2008, Chevrolet’s Trax and the Opel Mokka on the European market. Some of these vehicles will also find their way to South Africa to battle the very successful Nissan Juke. The latest introduction is the Renault Captur, a compact crossover based on the Clio 4 platform.
The Captur will utilise the Clio’s engines, too, including a 66 kW 0,9-litre TCe 90 model, as well as the TCe 120 petrol and two versions of the 1,5-litre DCi turbodiesel. A more powerful 1,6-litre DCi turbodiesel is also rumoured. The Captur will be offered in front-wheel drive guise as standard, but all-wheel drive will be available on some models.
Will the Captur come to South Africa? Given the popularity of compact crossovers in this country and the fact that Renault’s larger Koleos is already in the market, we’d say it is a given. More details are expected soon.