The Renault Captur, Europe’s best-selling urban crossover in 2016 with unit sales of 215,670, has reinvented itself to feature more distinctive styling and new advanced technologies, without sacrificing any of its user-friendliness. For 2017, Renault has introduced the updated Captur line-up, including the new Captur Initiale Paris version.

The revised Captur builds on the model’s original success, including its striking two-tone color scheme, with three new body colors: Atacama Orange, Ocean Blue and Améthyste Black (Initiale Paris version), as well as a new Platine Grey option for the roof. There are more than 30 potential combinations for personalized customization, according to Renault. For the interior, there are six customization packs available to go with five customization packs (Ivory, Ocean Blue, Cappuccino, Red and Atacama Orange), for colored touch on insert on door lower protection and wheel cabochon.

The 2017 Renault Captur is equipped with Full-LED ‘Pure Vision’ front lights (depending on version). This technology enhances both the vehicle’s look and safety, whilst at the same time reducing glare. At the bottom of the bumper, the Captur incorporates the C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights that have become emblematic of the brand’s lighting signature. The rear lights similarly include this hallmark which is visible both night and day.

In overall impression, the Captur’s radiator grille has been modified to bring it more into line with the Renault brand’s other crossovers, with the notable addition of a chrome strip. At both the front and rear, the bumper incorporates new skid plates in evidence of the Captur’s adventurer credentials. Four types of wheel are available across the first three equipment levels: two 16-inch rims and two 17-inch wheels.

With the Initiale Paris version, a bespoke front grille with chrome details immediately sets the Captur IP apart. Careful attention has also been paid to the front and rear skid plates which feature a more metallic grey finish. The same effect is visible around the windows and drip seals, which are picked out in gloss black. Meanwhile, like the grille, the chrome inserts on either side of the vehicle incorporate Initiale Paris branding.

Initiale Paris versions enjoy a specific range of colors, including the new Améthyste Black launch option, as well as special 17-inch Initiale wheels. The Captur IP also benefits from sequential LED direction indicators, while Initiale Paris branding is visible on the lower door panels, door sills and front grille.

Starting from the third (high-end) equipment level, the Captur can now be specified with a fixed glass roof. Available exclusively in the vehicle’s two-tone configuration, this new feature provides an even brighter cabin. More refined than before, the interior benefits from high-quality plastics, sleek chrome and elegantly subdued hues.

The steering wheel is made from even more status-enhancing materials and, in higher-end versions, comes trimmed with full-grain leather. Meantime, the gear lever boasts a more modern appearance, while the door panels have been revised to seamlessly incorporate buttons and controls. Up top, the LED ceiling light comprises individual reading lights.

In higher-end versions, the new seat design is more cosseting, offering additional lateral support and greater comfort. Additionally, the 2017 Captur retains its most practical features, including its Easy Life glove box drawer and removable upholstery.

For the Captur Initiale Paris, the interior ambience is just as exclusive, with heated Nappa leather seats, full-grain Nappa leather trimming for the steering, chrome embellishments, a leather-trimmed dashboard, aluminium pedals and aluminium door sills.

The unique experience of BOSE’s premium sound system transforms the cabin into a veritable concert hall, producing authentic, clear and realistic music worthy of a live performance. This audio experience is achieved via a system based on six high-definition Bose loudspeakers and a subwoofer in the boot. Three multimedia systems are available for the 2017 Captur, including R&Go (entry variants), Media Nav Evolution and R-LINK Evolution (high-end variants) with 7-inch touchscreen and CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility.

Thanks to a choice of six different petrol and diesel powertrains, the 2017 Captur line-up allows customers to specify the configuration that matches their requirements the most closely. The two diesel powerplants available for Captur are the dCi 90 (mated to automatic transmission or a manual gearbox) and the dCi 110 (manual). Equipped with both Stop & Start technology and a system that recovers energy under braking and deceleration, this engine delivers 110hp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. A new turbo design makes this engine extremely responsive at lower revs.

The two petrol engines are the Energy TCe 90 (manual) and the TCe 120 (automatic or manual). Offering an alternative to the EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission. Benefitting from direct injection, turbocharging and Stop & Start technology, this unit delivers 205Nm of torque at 2,000rpm.

For the first time, the Captur line-up incorporates BSW (Blind Spot Warning) which is available from the third equipment level. In addition to its rear parking sensors, and depending on version, the Captur can be delivered with front parking sensors and a reversing camera to simplify manoeuvring and help to avoid the bumps and scrapes that are an everyday risk in built-up areas.

Another new addition, available for higher-end versions, is the hands-free Easy Park Assist function, which significantly facilitates parking manoeuvres.