2020 Renault Captur will allegedly have increased cabin space and more connectivity apart from having a new engine co-developed with Daimler
Renault appears to be welcoming more electrification strategy into its product mix and in the global markets the top-selling Captur is expected to get a PHEV version in its next avatar. Internet reports suggest that the plug-in hybrid version could make its world premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany and it could gain a mild-hybrid variant as well.
The 0.9-litre TCe engine could be replaced by a new three-pot 1.0-litre unit derived from the bigger 1.3-litre TCe motor. The new powerplant is developed in association with Daimler and will be introduced in the new Captur. Renault is wary of the fact that many cities have voted against using diesel engines but it does see potential in the oil-burners and won’t be axing them altogether.
The upcoming vehicles in the near future will come powered by new generation diesel engines. The new Captur will likely get the 1.5-litre dCi engine in two different configurations: 85 PS and 115 PS. It is based on the new CMF-B architecture that will underpin the new versions of Nissan Juke and Renault Clio as well.
Since the platform is revised, the next-gen Captur will have slightly longer wheelbase compared to the existing model for more spacious cabin. The French manufacturer will also be adding new technologies and in-car connectivity in the 2020 Captur as a new touchscreen infotainment system will be provided in the high-spec variants.
Moreover, Level 2 semi-autonomous driving function will be added allegedly. The upcoming Captur compact SUV and the second generation Nissan Juke could arrive at the same time and enter international showrooms in the early parts of 2020. To spice up the competition, the Peugeot 2008 is expected to get a replacement around that same time.
While we can expect the 2020 Captur’s styling to be carried over to the India-spec version in the near future, we might continue with the same low-cost M0 Duster platform it is currently based on. Whether our domestic market will get a PHEV or not is still debatable!