Prices of the Renault Captur crossover might fall within the range of Rs. 12 lakh – Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom).
Based on the Duster MO platform, the Renault Captur crossover will rival the Hyundai Creta
Renault, the French automaker will unveil the much-awaited Renault Captur crossover in the Indian market on September 22, 2017. Additionally, the company will also start taking official bookings for the crossover from September 22, 2017. Renault has already revealed several design features of the Captur via series of teaser videos. This vehicle will be launched as a premium car and will be slotted above the Duster SUV in Renault’s line-up. It will directly rival the segment leader Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV500. Teaser video reveals that the SUV will get a chrome grille, Pure Vision full LED headlights and LED taillights, and split spoke dual-tone alloy wheels.
It is basically the rebadged Kaptur, which is currently on sale in Russia and Latin American markets. In India, the Captur crossover will be sold under the same nameplate used in the European markets. While the European model is based on the Clio platform, the India-spec model is built on Renault Duster’s MO platform. However, the India-spec model is slightly longer and wider than its European cousin. Additionally, the Duster’s platform will help the French automaker to achieve aggressive pricing.
The Renault Captur crossover is equipped with the same set of engines that powers the smaller sibling – Duster. The gasoline version will get a 1.5-litre unit that is capable of producing 105bhp of power, while the oul burner is a 1.5-litre K9K unit. In Duster, the diesel engine offers two states of tunes – 84bhp and 108bhp, but the Captur will get the 108bhp unit. Additionally, Renault could tweak the engines for better performance. Transmission options on the crossover carline are likely to include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed CVT on petrol and an AMT gearbox on diesel engine. It will additionally get a 4×4 drivetrain on select variants with locking differential system and three driving modes – Lock, Auto and 2WD, whereas the rest of the trims will feature front-wheel drivetrain. Picture Gallery – Renault Captur Exterior & Interior Images
Renault has already started production of the SUV at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Oragadam near Chennai. The launch of the SUV will commence in October, ahead of the festive season Diwali. While the overall design of the car is similar to the Russian-spec model, but there are subtle changes to make it look refreshing. Featuring contemporary design, the Captur crossover has V-shaped front grille in front with large signature Renault badge in the centre and chrome treatment. At the side, it gets pronounced wheel arches and at the sporty rear packs in new taillamps with C-shaped LED elements. The dual-tone paint scheme is another key feature on the outside. The company is also planning to offer a range of customisation options to buyers. It is expected to come with dual-tone paint jobs, as the car in the teaser is finished in Orange and black paint scheme.
The Renault Captur sits above 4 meter in length, measuring 4,329mm and has a wheelbase of 2,673mm. The long wheelbase turns into a spacious cabin. It comes with a ground clearance of 212mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions. Aiming at premium buyers, the Captur crossover cabin has been designed to offer upmarket look. It gets soft touch materials, improved plastic quality and a host of in-cabin technology. The well-laid out cabin will feature five-seat layout with well-spaced out front and rear seats. The crossover will get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Keeping safety at fore, Renault will add several high-end safety and security features in the Captur. It is equipped with dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ISOFIX system and seat belt with pretensioners. Under Latin NCAP, the Renault Captur crossover scored an impressive 4-star rating. Renault entered into Indian market in 2011 with Koleos, though it failed to garner customer’s attention. Duster was the first product to generate volumes for the maker and considering spiralling demand for SUVs in India, it seems like the right time to bring Captur to India.
– Modern looks with good road presence
– Renault’s powerful yet fuel efficient engines
– Feature loaded cabin
– AWD system
– Safety on priority
– No SUV-ish profile
– Cabin can only accommodate 5-adults/ No 7-seat configuration on offer
– Likely to be expensive
|Base Model||Rs 12 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 15 lakh|
The Captur crossover will make use of the same MO platform that underpins Duster. With a high level of localisation, Captur price is expected to be posiotned aggressively. In India, it will be manufactured at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s plant. While the pricing is expected to be competitive, the premium model will be priced above its smaller sibling Duster. That said, we expect the Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV500 rival to be priced between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh (estimated pricing). Photo Gallery: Upcoming Renault Cars in India
Renault, the French automaker has confirmed that this crossover will be unveiled in India on September 22, 2017. Adding to it, official bookings for the Captur will also commence from September 22. However, dealers have already started taking pre-orders for the car. The exact launch date is yet to be announced by the maker, but it is confirmed that the crossover will be launched this year. While it made no hint around the exact launch time, we expect the crossover to break covers during the festive season this year that is sometime between October and November.
The premium crossover will source power from the same set of engines that are used in Duster. That said, the petrol variants will derive power from the 105bhp, 1.5-litre petrol and a 108bhp, 1.5-litre K9K diesel unit. While the petrol variant is estimated to return 13-15km/l of mileage, the diesel engine on the other hand is likely to deliver 19 to 21 km/l. Read: New Renault Duster – Launch & Other Details
|Engine||1.5-litre H4K||1.5-litre K9K|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT, a 6-speed CVT||6-speed MT & AMT|
The Russian-spec Captur comes in two engine options-1.6-litre and 2.0-litre, however, the India-bound model will share engines with Duster. To be available in both petrol and diesel fuel options, the model will use the 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre K9K oil burner from Duster. The 1.5-litre H4K petrol engine powering the Duster facelift is essentially a stripped-down version of the 1.6-litre unit which earlier powered Duster. In terms of power, the new 1.5-litre unit makes 104.5bhp at 5,600rpm against peak torque of 142Nm at 4,000rpm. This engine is expected to come with a five-speed manual gearbox that will transmit the power to the front wheels. In addition, there will be a 6-speed CVT stepless transmission that could be optional.
The 1.5-litre K9K oil burner on the other hand is available in two tunes on the Duster line-up including the 84bhp and 108bhp. We believe Renault will tweak both the engines to offer more power and as for the diesel unit, Captur could get the 108bhp version with 245Nm torque. Drivetrain options will include an AWD system with locking differential and three driving modes-Lock, Auto and 2WD. Transmission duties on the diesel unit are likely to be carried over by the 6-speed manual unit and an AMT gearbox. Read: Renault Kwid Racer Edition – What To Expect
The India-bound Captur crossover borrows most of the styling cues with its Russian sibling, albeit Renault has introduced new bits in the design to make it more appealing. With the addition of new elements and other styling bits, the India-bound Captur is expected to look slightly different from its Russian version. While the global car features a gloss-black finish at the front grille, the India-bound model has a chrome grille to offer premium feel. The front fascia looks bold and assertive, thanks to the large grille, sporty bumper and C-shaped LED DRLs. Wide air-dams on the large bumper in front, a skid-plate and chromed fog-lamp housings with daytime running lamps complete the front look.
From side, the crossover looks more like a MPV, though the sloping roofline and blacked-out treatment to C-pillar adds a sporty look. It will get pronounced wheel arches at the side and is expected to ride on a 17-inch alloy wheels. A sharp shoulder runs across the length on the crossover and merges into the tail. Other design bits include a strong beltline, roof-rails and outside rear view mirrors with integrated blinkers. Read – Renault Kwid Climber Price, Pics & Details
The crossover will be styled aggressively from rear with LED taillights and approach & departure angles of 20 and 31 degrees respectively. It could additionally come with dual-tone colour scheme and some other customized add-on for a sportier look.
|Boot space||387-litres (expandable up to 1,200-lires)|
In terms of proportions, the crossover will be like the Russian version sold under the nameplate Kaptur. The crossover will measure 4,333mm in length, 1,813mm in width and 1,613mm in height. It will ride on a 2,674mm long wheelbase, which is likely to translate into a spacious cabin. The ride height will be around 708mm, which means it is likely to have the tallest driving position in the segment. And the crossover will have a ground clearance of 204mm that seems just right to tackle the Indian roads.
To be slotted above Duster in the line-up, Captur will not only be slightly larger than Duster, but it will sit on a relatively longer wheelbase. That said, the model will offer slightly more room to the occupants, though it will feature a five-seat layout. The top-spec variants will sport leather upholstery opposed to the lower variants with fabric seat covers. With slightly more room, Captur will offer more legroom, kneeroom and headroom both in front and rear.
Besides offering ample room to occupants, the cabin is expected to get several storage points for storage. In addition, it will receive keyless entry with start/stop ignition system and cruise control, foldable rear seats to carve out more space at the back for storing luggage. That said, the 387L of boot space can be expanded to 1,200L by folding the rear seats completely.
The new Captur crossover will share of the features with Duster including the infotainment system with MEDIA NAV system, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display and other smartphone connectivity features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. One must note that the touscreen will also work as a display for the rear parking camera. In addition to the above bits, the infotainment system will also come with Bluetooth connectivity, USB, radio and AUX function.
In terms of features, Renault Captur is expected to be packed thickly with prominent bits like a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, radio, Bluetooth connectivity, digital speedometer, keyless entry with start/stop ignition, cruise controls, automatic climate control, a large MID and a 3-spoke multifunctional steering wheel etc. In addition, Renault could also offer a dual-tone black and ivory dashboard, seat upholstery and similar door trims as in the Russian model.
The Captur will come with a 60:40 split fold rear seat. With the rear seats intact, the model is claimed to offer 397L of space for storing luggage and with the seats folded, it can be expanded to 1200L.
The premium crossover from Renault will be slotted above Duster both in terms of positioning and pricing, which means it will offer more features compared to its smaller sibling. While some of the bits will be carried from Duster, it will feature additional kit that will include a raft of goodies. Some prominent safety features that could be packed in Captur include hill start assit, rain sensing wipers, vehicle stability control, reverse parking camera, standard dual front airbags, anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist. Stopping power is likely to be sourced from disc brakes at front and rear.
Renault Duster was the first proper compact SUV in India amid the full-sized models and as it readies to bring in the all-new Duster in the coming time, the company is all set to roll-out a slightly premium offering that will compete with Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV500. We expect Captur to fall in the price band of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, which will put it in the crosshairs of Tata Hexa (7-seater). Packed with a host of advanced tech, sporting upmarket looks and using efficient engines, Captur could prove to be a feasible alternative to arch rivals Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV500.
Being a more upmarket product than the Duster, the upcoming Renault Captur is likely to be priced a notch higher. This will also make it a direct rival to the Mahindra XUV500.