The Renault Captur concept car has been unveiled in Geneva, and it points the way to a sport crossover that's under evaluation for production.
The sporty crossover concept car continues Renault's new design strategy with its 'flowing and athletic body' designed to mimic a sprinter on the starting blocks, according to its exterior designer, Julio Lozano.
On a more practical note, the crossover concept is fitted with a hard convertible top, which, once removed, means the urban coupe is turned into a convertible with genuine off-road abilities.
The car's butterfly doors and 22-inch wheels reinforce its sporty intentions although they are design flourishes and have no chance of making production.
The cabin is similarly design-led, and is stripped down to essential equipment only, with door castings and the dashboard formed from a translucent material to create the appearance of a 'second skin'. Various shades of orange lighting then pulse from behind this second membrane.
The rear of the cabin allows for two passengers, and an area lined with three layers of rope to create a storage space that can be configured to secure various loads, or as hammocks for relaxation.
The car is also used to launch Renault's new Visio-system, which uses a forward facing camera mounted at the top of the windscreen to read road conditions and alert drivers to any potential dangers ahead. The set-up merges real-world images from the camera, overlaid with graphic information, for the display screen in the centre of the dashboard.
Performance comes from the 158bhp Energy dCi 160 twin-turbo engine. Renault says the Captur would have a top speed of 130mph, with CO2 emissions pegged to just 99g/km.