In the transition from show car to production car, many unique features are often left behind, victims of the finance department’s red pens, the realities of mass-production and suppliers’ capabilities. The production version of the Renault Captur is no exception, being toned down considerably from the concept car shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. But the production version still shows an immediately recognizable resemblance to the concept, if you’re looking at it head-on. From other angles, it takes a little more imagination.
The extremely high, upswept beltline of the concept has been replaced by a lower, more sensible beltline, and the two butterfly doors of the concept have been replaced by four conventional front-hinged doors. The futuristic, translucent dashboard of the concept has been traded for a more practical (and not nearly as cool) conventional dashboard with a prominent multifunction touchscreen, and the see-through threaded-cord seats give way for conventional opaque front buckets. The production Captur also forsakes the concept’s removable roof for a fixed roof with a contrasting white color.
The powerplants are also not quite as exciting or powerful as the concept’s 160-hp 1.6-liter twin-turbocharged diesel, instead offering a 0.9-liter turbocharged gasoline three-cylinder or 1.5-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder, both making 89 hp. The production Captur is based on the Renault/Nissan B platform, which also underpins the Nissan Juke and Renault Clio. The Captur has an overall length of 162.2 inches, about the same as the Juke. The production Captur will be built at Renault’s plant in Valladolid, Spain.