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Renault’s new Captur crossover will cost from ‘just under €22,000’ when it arrives in Ireland in February.

That’s a €1,500 or so increase on the current entry-level but Renault insists it reflects far higher spec in what they call a new car.

The popular small SUV (nearly 10,000 bought in Ireland) is underpinned by a new platform, ‘new’ engines and is longer, wider and taller, with an extended wheelbase too.

There’s a new ‘smart cockpit’: a 9.3ins vertical multimedia screen, 10ins digital instrument binnacle and the Easy-Link connected multimedia services.

Yes, the inside is much changed but the looks and exterior styling have not been dramatically altered.

There will be a hybrid version fairly soon after the petrol and diesel versions. The plug-in, with its 9.8kWh battery, will develop a combined 150hp and have an electric-only range of 45km. There’s more boot space (536 litres v old-model 445 litres) and claimed best-in-class interior storage (27 litres). New seats yield 17mm more knee room for rear-seat occupiers.

It plans on three trims: Play, Iconic, S Edition. LED lights front/rear are standard.

There will be TCe100, TCe130, TCe 155 petrols and dCi95, dCi115 diesels. In reality the TCe100 petrol and Blue dCi95 diesel (both with manual transmission) will be by far the big buys.

Depending on model there are 5spd and 6spd manuals as well as a 7spd EDC dual-clutch automatic

* Full ‘First Drive’ report next week.

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