Renault's new small SUV will be available to test drive soon but the first customer deliveries won't start until April.
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The 2021 Renault Captur's Australian launch has been delayed, the French brand's local division has confirmed.

A Renault Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice this week customer deliveries of the new-generation Captur won't commence until early April – around three months later than planned – although a small number of cars will be available to test drive in the coming weeks.

The April 2021 arrival is an additional six months beyond the mid-2020 date initially announced by Renault Australia in October 2019. Delays were likely caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the Renault Captur does arrive, three variants will be offered, as confirmed in July 2020: Life, Zen and Intens.

While full pricing and specification details won't be announced until later this month, the brand has previously confirmed the entry-level Life would start from less than $30,000 before on-road costs, with standard equipment to include a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, 17-inch alloy wheels, wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a selected array of active safety features.

Above, top and below: European- and UK-spec Renault Captur models.

The mid-spec Zen will gain the full suite of active safety technologies, plus keyless entry, push-button start, and an available range of personalisation options including a black contrasting roof.

The flagship Intens picks up a larger 9.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, 18-inch alloy wheels, a Bose premium sound system, electrically-adjustable heated front seats, leather trim and a 360-degree camera.

All models will be powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine shared with other Renault models, driving the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Outputs have yet to be confirmed, however power and torque claims of 113kW and 260Nm.

Under the skin, the Captur rides on Renault's latest CMF-B modular architecture, and measures 4227mm long, 1797mm wide and 1576mm tall, with a 2639mm wheelbase.

Boot space is rated at 536 litres, with the split-folding rear seats able to be slid forwards and backwards for increased cargo space or rear passenger legroom.

The news of the Captur's delayed Australian arrival comes just as a sport-themed, RS Line version of the Captur goes on sale in Europe (pictured at bottom), with sportier front and rear bumpers, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, RS Line badging, red interior accents and carbon-fibre-look trim.

However, the Captur RS Line won't make it to Australia – at least at launch, with a spokesperson for the brand's Australian operations telling CarAdvice the sporty model "could be considered for introduction at a later stage".

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for full pricing and specification details of the new 2021 Renault Captur.


Below: Europe's 2021 Renault Captur RS Line