India-bound Renault Captur: 5 things to know
20th Jul 2017 9:49 am
All-new Captur crossover from Renault will take on the Hyundai Creta.
The Duster set the cash registers ringing for Renault India when it was launched in 2011, but its larger SUV, the Koleos failed to entice buyers in our market. Hence, this time, for its SUV placed above the Duster, Renault has created the Captur. The name sounds familiar as Renault sells a model with a similar-sounding name in Europe, but it’s spelt with the letter ‘C’ – Captur. It even looks quite similar to the European Captur, but that’s where it all ends. While the European Captur is based on the Clio’s platform, the Captur for India is a crossover made using the Duster platform, specifically keeping developing nations in mind.
Renault launched it as the Kaptur in Russia and a few South American markets some time back and it’s looking quite positive. India will be the first market where Renault will sell the car with a right-hand-drive layout. We are eagerly waiting to have a go at it when it’s launched, but you need not wait to know more about it. Here’s a list of five things that you should know about the upcoming Renault Captur.
The Captur will be built on the versatile M0 platform which also underpins the Duster. Renault has achieved high levels of localisation with this platform in India which will help keep the costs in check. There seems to be minimal tweaks to its chassis as the dimensions are similar to that of the Duster’s, which means it will have similar levels of space inside the cabin. The platform will also underpin the India-spec Nissan Kicks crossover when it comes.
In Russia, the Captur got a choice of two petrol engines – 1.6- and 2.0-litre. For India, though, Renault is expected to continue with the tried-and-tested powertrains – the 1.6-litre petrol and the ubiquitous 1.5-litre K9K motor – but with the motors tweaked to output more power and torque. While an automatic transmission is not expected at launch, it may arrive later along with four-wheel-drive.
Space for seven
While the Captur internationally is offered as a strict five-seater, for India, Renault could give the model an extra row of seats, taking the number of seats to seven. This will allow the model to better rival the likes of the Mahindra XUV500 and the recently launched Tata Hexa.
In terms of pricing and equipment, the Captur will directly rival Hyundai’s Creta, with the Nissan Kicks expected to join the fray by end-2017. Expect prices to be in the region of Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). The Captur will come with full-LED headlamps flanked by LED DRLs, an option for a contrast roof, dual-tone interiors, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with media navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
Some time to go
The Captur has already been on sale in international markets. Renault has started testing the Captur for Indian markets in recent months, with a planned market launch expected during the upcoming festive season.
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