Renault revealed today the Captur Concept, a new design study that will make its word debut in March, at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As you can see from the photos, the new Renault Captur Concept carries the same design philosophy seen also on the DeZir Concept defined by the simple, sensuous and warm style.
Designed as a fun and sporty crossover for young people, the new Captur Concept adopts the new front grille seen on the DeZir Concept and its design is completed by the 22-inch black and white rims. The interior is exactly what you expected from a concept car and features fluorescent highlights picked out by a constant stream of light.
According to colour and trim designer, Kana Watanabe, the inspiration came from the human body, outdoor sports and urban styling. The vehicle is powered by the Energy dCi 160 twin-turbo engine concept which will eventually replace the 1.9 dCi.
The engine delivers 118kW (160hp) from a capacity of 1.6 litres and a maximum torque of 380Nm from 1,750rpm.
This engine is mated to a dual clutch EDC gearbox, and it is capable to deliver CO2 emissions of less than 99g per kilometer. Furthermore, the Captur Concept uses the RX2 system which improves traction at low speeds.
According to Renault, this new mechanical self-locking differential transfers all or part of the engine’s torque to the wheel with the most grip. Captur also comes with the Visio-System, an innovation that uses a forward-facing camera mounted at the top of the windscreen to provide driver-assistance functions.
A look into the Renault Captur’s interior and it is clear that it was made to be welcoming and friendly to the occupants. The impression of lightness seen on the exterior is felt inside as well. The center console for example is attached to the front seats and appears to be floating in the air.
No unnecessary equipment was placed making the passenger compartment pure and discreet. Instead, ingenious and innovative materials were used to enable the designers to play with the optical effects and the light. Take the dashboard, door casings, and center console.
These three were formed by making use of a translucent material like a second skin. The front of the cabin meanwhile shows hints of high-tech fibre ropes. It also is luminescent in areas that have been used mainly for the passenger compartment.
According to interior designer Magali Gouraud-Borgers, the entire interior was designed to work around a series of stretched elastic ropes which conjure images of mountain climbing or sailing. In order to bring rhythm to the interior’s overall design, graphics and lights were used.
This also resulted in a strengthening of the dynamic feel while making sure that the cabin had a lighter feel. There was also the need to keep it sporty and this was achieved through the steering wheel that is trimmed in grey textured leather, carbon bucket-style front seats, and the aluminum pedals.