Johannesburg - Renault’s facelifted Captur has arrived in South Africa sporting mildly updated styling inside and out and a few pricing and specification tweaks, chief among them being a new base model that’s quite a lot cheaper than before.
The new 0.9T Blaze replaces the previous Expression model, and undercuts it by R20 000, bringing the base price of the range down to R229 900.
However, it has lost a few nice-to-have features in the process with items like Renault’s MediaNav touchscreen infotainment system, rear park distance control and automatic climate control no longer on the standard features list.
Not that it’s much consolation but the Blaze does gain auto headlights and in all fairness it still packs more features than you’d expect at this level. These include 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, cruise control, audio system with R&Go smartphone pairing via Bluetooth, steering wheel controls, and there’s the obligatory ABS brakes, ESC stability control as well as front and side airbags.
The Dynamique grade continues as before, and apart from offering a wider selection of engines, which we’ll get to shortly, the flagship adds the following items: 17-inch diamond-cut alloys, bi-tone paintwork, MediaNav touch-screen with satnav, automatic climate control, leather steering wheel and rear park distance control.
The engine range continues unchanged, giving buyers three options:
- 66kW, 135Nm, 0.9-litre, three-cylinder turbopetrol
- 88kW, 190Nm, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder turbopetrol
- 66kW, 220Nm, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel
The only change the facelift brings is that the 1.2-litre turbopetrol is now available with a manual gearbox, in addition to the existing EDC dual-clutch transmission.
So what’s new on the design front?
As mentioned, the exterior styling changes are subtle, but the Captur does get new headlights along with a new front bumper incorporating large C-shaped LED daytime running lights, a redesigned upper grille with chromed edging, new skid plates built into the bumpers and a fresh lighting pattern in the taillights.
It’s the same subtle tweak story inside, where things are perked up with new satin chrome trimmings, a redesigned gear lever and some additional storage options.
As before, the Captur comes with a sliding rear seat that allows you to vary the level of boot space on offer, from 377 litres to 455 litres depending on the amount of rear legroom required.
|0.9T Blaze||66kW/135Nm||R229 900|
|0.9T Dynamique||66kW/135Nm||R269 900|
|1.2T Dynamique||88kW/190Nm||R294 900|
|1.2T Dynamique EDC||88kW/190Nm||R309 900|
|1.5 dCi Dynamique||66kW/220Nm||R294 900|
ALTERNATIVES (R200 000 - R300 000)
|Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente||82kW/138Nm||R252 900|
|Ford EcoSport 1.0T Trend||92kW/170Nm||R280 900|
|Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Trend||74kW/205Nm||R283 900|
|Fiat 500X 1.6 Pop||81kW/152Nm||R279 900|
|Fiat 500X 1.6 Pop Star||81kW/152Nm||R299 900|
|Haval H2 1.5T City||105kW/202Nm||R244 900|
|Haval H2 1.5T Luxury||105kW/202Nm||R274 900|
|Mazda CX-3 2.0 Active||115kW/204Nm||R284 800|
|Nissan Juke 1.2T Acenta||85kW/190Nm||R296 900|
|Peugeot 2008 1.6 HDi Active||68kW/230Nm||R284 900|
|Peugeot 2008 1.2T Active||81kW/205Nm||R299 900|
|Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GL+||86kW/151Nm||R271 900|