Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
2 minute read
10 Sep 2021
4:20 pm

Locked in: New Renault Clio and Captur here in 2022

Charl Bosch

The Clio will arrive first, followed by the Captur, in what is expected to be an all-petrol model line-up.

All-new Clio will finally become available next year.

With the launch of the Kiger this week, Renault South Africa has confirmed availability from early next year of the long delayed all-new Clio and Captur.

Initially planned for market release last year, a move ultimately tarnished by the coronavirus, the automaker’s managing director for South Africa, Jaco Oosthuizen, before the unveiling the Kiger, confirmed that a decision had been taken to launch the pair in 2022 rather than in the fourth quarter of this year as alluded to in the brand’s product line-up tabled in April.

New Renault Clio and Captur
New Clio pictured here in sporty RS Line.

Likely as a result of the global semi-conductor crisis, the Clio, which debuted two years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, will touch down first in February with power likely to come from the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine also used by alliance partner Nissan in the Micra.

Producing 74kW/160Nm in Europe, the three-pot could be joined by the four-cylinder 1.3-litre turbo co-developed with Daimler, which delivers 96kW/240Nm. On the transmission front, the former comes paired to a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT, while the latter is mated as standard to a seven-speed EDC.

New Renault Clio and Captur
Captur will slot-in above the Kiger and below the Koleos in Renault’s SUV line-up.

Unlikely to be offered are the normally aspirated 1.0-litre units rated at 48 kW and 55 kW, the 1.5 Blue dCi turbodiesel that punches out 63kW/220Nm and 85kW/260Nm, and the innovative E-Tech hybrid that combines a brand-new normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 1.2-kWh electric motor for a total system output of 103 kW.

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Also revealed in 2019, the Captur, which rides on the same CMF-B platform as the Clio, is expected to arrive before the second quarter with a final date still to be confirmed.

New Renault Clio and Captur
Newcomer a lot more striking than the previous model.

Like the Clio, only petrol engines are likely to be offered, which in Europe currently consists of the mentioned 1.0-litre turbo and the 1.3 in two states of tune; 96kW/240Nm and 115kW/270Nm.

New Renault Clio and Captur
Interior mirrors the Clio, albeit with minor differences.

An outside option, based on its availability in the previous generation model, is the 1.5 Blue dCi that produces either 70kW/240Nm or 85kW/260Nm in Europe. The mentioned hybrid and the plug-in hybrid, which retains the 1.6-litre engine paired to a 9.8-kWh battery pack for a total output of 118 kW, are both unlikely to be offered.

Expect more details about both models to potentially be revealed before the end of the year.