Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Renault's new Captur is proving to be rather successful - the rakishly styled mini-MPV seems to be everywhere. The combination of keen pricing and strong EuroNCAP ratings is quite a lure for young families, and it helps that it's all wrapped up in a package that sidesteps the mundane.
The Captur concept, however, was something rather different. Renault are superb at building concept cars, their motor show designs always featuring pioneering materials, methods and aeshetic executions. It's all very post-modern - weird for the sake of weird, and brilliantly so. Take a look at this orange marvel, the original Captur styling exercise from 2011; based on the Nissan Juke platform, it features swoopy carbon-fibre bodywork that bears similarities to Mazda's wind-hewn conceptual designs. It's got seats woven from plastic strands, display readouts on the bullet-camera wing mirrors, and some of the coolest bespoke tyres you've ever seen. Imagine if the production Captur looked more like the concept...!
And here's another concept from the same series that pioneered this new design language: the DeZir.
This one appeared in 2010 as an all-electric concept, its profile somewhere between Audi R8 and Alpine A110. It's got saucy butterfly doors, copious perforations, and a windscreen like the Stig's visor. An indicator of a future electric performance car from Renaultsport? Well, we can but hope.
Spotted at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed - click here for more photos.