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Renault Captur 2017 pricing and spec confirmed

Renault Australia has released pricing for its facelifted Captur that is now on sale, with the compact SUV range kicking off nationally from $23,990 drive-away.

The entry-level Expression and flagship Dynamic variants have changed names to Zen and Intens respectively, matching the nomenclature used by the recently launched Clio, Megane and Koleos.

A six-speed manual gearbox ($23,990) and 'Efficient Dual Clutch' (EDC) automatic transmission ($26,990) are available in Zen form, while the Intens ($30,990) is an EDC-only proposition.

Customisation is the highlight of the Captur's mid-life update, with two-tone paint colours – including 'Atacama Orange', 'Cappuccino Brown' and 'Ocean Blue' contrasted with either a 'Diamond Black' or 'Ivory White' roof – on offer.

Additionally, interior personalisation packs feature the choice of 'Flame Red', 'Atacama Orange' and 'Ocean Blue' trim for the air vent, speaker and centre console surrounds in both variants, while the Intens also receives treatments for the lower door strip and alloy wheel centre caps.

Specifically, the Zen picks up C-shaped LED daytime running lights (DRLs), two-tone 16-inch 'Discover' alloys, auto-folding side mirrors, removable seat covers, rear parking sensors, reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a 7.0-inch 'Media Navigation' touchscreen multimedia system.

Stepping up to the range-topping Intens adds park assist, blind-spot monitoring, front and side parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, 'Dark Charcoal' leather upholstery, 7.0-inch 'R-Link' touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation, digital radio and an Arkamys 3D sound system. A Bose premium sound system is available optionally.

Externally, the flagship is distinguished by its front and rear skid-plate styling elements, chrome front grille and bootlid strips, tinted rear windows and tailgate, LED headlights, LED front fog lights, C-shaped LED tail-lights and two-tone 17-inch 'Emotion' wheels.

The Intens also includes a feature dubbed 'Extended Grip Control', which is a three-mode advanced traction control system – either 'On-Road', 'Off-Road' or 'Expert' – that endeavours to optimise grip in all conditions.

There are no changes to the powertrains offered, meaning the manual Zen retains its 66kW/135Nm 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, while the EDC Zen and Intens still employ an 88kW/190Nm 1.2-litre turbo-petrol four.

Captur sales have taken a dive this year, with 179 examples sold to the end of August, representing an 84.2 per cent drop compared to the 1130 sales the model achieved during the same period in 2016.

This 2017 total places Renault well behind in the compact SUV segment, as it currently trails the Mitsubishi ASX (12,259), Mazda CX-3 (11,931), Honda HR-V (7992) and Subaru XV (5599).

2017 Renault Captur driveaway pricing

Renault Captur Zen – manual – $23,990
Renault Captur Zen – automatic – $26,990
Renault Captur Intens – automatic – $30,990

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