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by Brett Davis

Renault has released details of its new concept car prior to the official unveiling at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. Called the Renault CAPTUR Concept, Renault says the sports crossover showcases the company’s new design philosophy.

The CAPTUR is powered by an all-new 1.6-litre dCi twin-turbo engine offering 118kW of power and 380Nm of torque. This is then channeled through a four-wheel drive system via a twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

It’s a fairly frugal combination, too, and green, with the engine emitting just 99g/km of CO2. With a total mass of 1300kg, the sporty crossover is said to achieve 0-100km/h in 8.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 210km/h as well, living up to the ‘sports’ part of SUV.

Obviously, the body design is the most interesting aspect to the CAPTUR as it features curves and shapes unlike most conventional cars. The roof, for example, is isolated from the front half of the the car through the use of blackened A-pillars. This gives the impression the roof is floating – it also looks a little bit like a helmet.

From the side when can see those futuristic, and massive, wheels which are placed at the very far corners of the vehicle, leaving little front and rear overhang for the ultimate approach and departure angles.

It should be able climb the most rugged tracks too, as it features something Renault calls the RX2 all-wheel drive system and locking mechanical differentials. This system sends power the the wheels with the most traction as is able to lock all four wheels if the going gets even tougher.

Take a look at the video below for some more close up shots and a display of the interesting LED lights. As mentioned, the car will be a star attraction at the Geneva Motor Show, commencing March 1.




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