We love the French. We love the way their cheese tastes (although the smell leaves a lot to be desired). How they have some of the finest vineyards in the world. And how they made garlic a thing. We also love French history, especially how they had one tiny village in Gaul use magic potion to beat up the Romans. Asterix is our favourite. Additionally, French philosophy, aesthetics, and the curation of some of the world’s’ greatest art pieces have left us feeling pretty good about them.
Especially the aesthetics part (aesthetics, of course, being about beauty, both in design and art). And a work of art is certainly every model released of the French automobile company Renault.
Like, for instance, the Renault Captur. It has a beauty worthy of what Marie Antoinette’s was said to be (before ignorance of the French peasants’ poverty literally made her lose her head in dealing with that issue).
As you can see from the feature-image, the Renault Captur is perfect aesthetics captured in the frame of an urban SUV. Smaller than the average SUV, this class of vehicle is perfect for riding roughshod over potholes and annoying speed bumps. It can handle adverse weather conditions, such as Johannesburg’s sudden summer thunderstorms, and has excellent handling. This makes it suitable for the urban jungle where minibus taxi drivers will deliberately, suddenly, drive on the opposite side of the road. A road with an island between both directions.
The 2019 version of the Renault Captur will be coming out near the end of the year in South Africa. You may want to hold off on your purchase though, as the 2020 version is said to be an industry pioneering first.
What exactly? The first plug-in hybrid vehicle with an electric range of about 35 kilometres or thereabouts.
It will also be about 11 cm longer than the current one. Not everything is quite known about it as yet, but it could have up to 18-inch wheels. And something that will help save your car battery life is the fact it’ll have full-LED lights both back and front.
Going back to the subject of aesthetics, you’ll have a choice of 11 exterior colours, four contrasting roof colours, along with three customisation packages being available. Which will make it quite unique in this segment of vehicle.
What really sounds like music to our ears is the fact that there’s an optional Bose audio system which will bring an extra subwoofer to the luggage compartment and will be well-enough designed to not reduce the volume of the gobsmacking 567 litres of boot space.
Well, everybody needs their space and the French are no different.
Now for the part you’re probably most interested in – power. The 2020 Captur will come in either 1.0 or 1.3-litre engines – the power will range from between 100 to 115 horses (as we like to put it) or 74 to 115 kilowatts.
2020 should be an exciting year for all sorts of reasons, and the entrance of this rip-roaringly beautiful SUV is one of them. We’re sure it’s going to steal our hearts.