Renault is all set to launch the Captur SUV in the Indian market. It will be placed above the Duster, and is expected to be priced in the Rs 9-14 lakh range.
Renault Captur Exterior
Talking about the design, the front includes a sculpted bonnet with a deep-set grille. The front bumper houses C-shaped DRLs and a skid plate at the bottom. Black skid plates run along the length of the car to give it that rugged look. The 17-inch alloy wheels are a size larger than the Duster’s and on par with those of the Creta. Over to the rear, the split tail lamps feature LED elements. There’s the usual skid plate here as well, that rounds off the Captur’s look nicely.
Renault Captur Interior
The Captur is a 5-seater SUV just like its sibling. The boot, at 437 litres, is a touch smaller than the Duster and the Creta. The rear bench is expected to feature a 60:40 split that will take the cargo volume up to 1200 litres. Just like its rivals it should get the usual feel-good features that include automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system and leather upholstery. On the safety front, the Captur is expected to be equipped with safety features such as dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard.
Renault Captur Specifications
The Captur is expected to share powertrains with the Renault Duster. The engine options are likely to include the 1.5-litre diesel and 1.5-litre petrol. The diesel version may be offered in two tunes - 85PS/200Nm and 110PS/245Nm, mated to a 5-speed and a 6-speed manual gearbox respectively. The petrol has power figures of 106PS/142Nm and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. A CVT automatic may also be on offer for the petrol variant.
Renault Captur Competitors
Renault Duster: The car that started it all, the Renault Duster is the only modern crossover in the segment to feature an AWD system. Its butch design, adequate space, CVT transmission (petrol), AMT (diesel) and all-weather ability make it score a lot of brownie points in the segment. Interior quality and limited service network make it less appealing.
Nissan Terrano: The Duster's better-looking cousin (for some), the Terrano suffers from being too overpriced for its own good. It does get a diesel AMT variant which is a good option for those looking for a convenient urban SUV.
Honda BR-V: Honda's offering in the segment is essentially a jacked up Mobilio with some mechanical changes to compensate for the raised stance. It is one of the only crossovers here that can seat seven people.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Maruti's premium crossover suffers from the fact that it does not look like an SUV. It is a premium offering with a good amount of standard equipment, good space for five people and their luggage, and a powerful 1.6-litre diesel motor.
Hyundai Creta: The Hyundai Creta might be a vanilla package, but that doesn’t stop it from being a potent one. It’s got the mix of looks, features and drivability which ensures thousands throng the showrooms. The waiting periods can get annoying though, so be warned!
The Captur may look like it lacks the wow factor on paper, but it remains to be seen if it can change our opinion when we drive it. Renault plans on a festive season launch for the Duster’s elder brother. The pricing better be spot on because there’s a certain Compass on the prowl.
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