• Renault’s urban crossover to be unveiled at Geneva Show in March
• Almost identical in size to Nissan Juke, based on new Clio
• On sale in June, with prices expected to start below £14,000

These are the first pictures of the new Renault Captur. It’s the latest addition to the growing ‘urban crossover’ market and will be unveiled at the Geneva Show in March.

Based on the same platform as the new Clio supermini, it’s 4.12 metres long and will compete against the Nissan Juke and the Vauxhall Mokka, as well as the Peugeot 2008, which was announced earlier this week. Renault says its new model will combine the styling and driving position of an SUV, the space and practicality of an MPV, and the drive of a compact hatchback.

The car’s looks were inspired by the Captur concept, which was first shown at the 2011 Geneva Show. It features a two-tone colour scheme – with the roof and pillars in a contrasting colour to the rest of the body – and Renault says there will be plenty of scope to personalise the car.

Inside, there will be a wide choice of trims and Renault says that the car will feature some innovative practical features. Full details will be confirmed when the car is unveiled, but we expect to see the kind of seat-folding systems and clever stowage you might previously have expected only on an MPV like a Scenic or Espace.

Both petrol and diesel engines will be available, with Renault promising class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions as low as 96g/km on some models. That’s considerably better than any Juke or Mokka currently on sale.

Full details of the specification are yet to be announced, but Renault says that every model will come with hands-free entry, hill start assist and rear parking sensors. Among the options will be a dash-mounted touchscreen multimedia tablet, and a system that includes Bluetooth and audio-streaming.

The Captur will go on sale in the UK in June, and Renault says it will be very aggressively priced. The range is expected to start below £14,000, considerably less than the cheapest Mokka.

By Andy Pringle

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