Renault India has confirmed the launch of the new SUV Captur in Indian market which is likely to happen around the festive season of 2017. The crossover Captur was first unwrapped in Moscow last year and is presently on sale in European markets and a few South American markets.
India has grown to be a huge market for automobiles and is on the verge of becoming the third largest automotive market in the world. India tops the priority list of many foreign automobile manufacturers, willing to expand their sales with huge profits. The growing demand for the SUVs in the country has laid the foundation for an increased number of foreign automobile manufacturers in India. Renault has followed the same trend and the updated model is expected to make its debut in the Indian market. Moreover, the Indian model will get some updates in the styling and feature list from its European counterpart. It will be noteworthy to know that, Renault has garnered huge profit from the predecessor of the model in the European market and the hopes are high for the updated model. Here are some of the specifications of Renault Captur which have been teased so far.
The Indian-spec model borrows most of its styling from its European sibling, however, it is expected to get some revisions for a fresh look. It will offer a smooth flow design with a sporty look and is expected to be an instant crowd puller. The front profile looks aggressive with a re-designed large grille, C-shaped LED projector headlamps and a sporty bumper. The side profile looks appealing with the floating roofline and black coloured C-pillar. Rear-end compliments well to the sporty look of the model with LED tail-lights and a compact tailgate. The model will run on the 17-inch alloy wheels. To enhance the attractive look of the model, Renault could offer dual-tone shades with glossy colour options in the exterior. The upcoming model is going to be a treat to eyes in terms of styling.
The five-seater model looks spacious inside and comes with a longer wheelbase. It will offer comfortable space for the occupants with a praiseworthy headroom, knee room and legroom. The interior looks modern and comes packed with latest technological features, to assist better driving experience. The seats and the 3-spoke steering will come wrapped in leather for the range-topping models, while the base model will offer a good quality fabric-wrapped seats. The dashboard is finely finished in a dual-tone colour theme of black and ivory. The dashboard features a media navigation system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which comes compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features include radio, Bluetooth, keyless entry, cruise controls, automatic climate control, etc to further enhance the experience of driving. The safety features will include dual front airbags, ABS and reverse parking camera as standard.
The next-gen model is expected to come in both diesel as well as petrol engine variants. The gasoline version will feature a 1.6-litre motor, which will develop a maximum power output of 104 bhp and a peak torque of 145 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel variant will offer a 1.5-litre K9K engine to produce two sets of maximum power outputs- 89 bhp and 110 bhp against a peak torque of 200 Nm and 245 Nm respectively. The petrol unit will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox, while the diesel unit will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standards. Moreover, the option of an AMT, 2WD and 4WD may also be available for transmission.
The fuel-efficiency of the upcoming model is expected to be in the range of 13 kmpl to 15 kmpl for the petrol variant, while the diesel variant is expected to return a mileage ranging between 19 kmpl to 20 kmpl. However, with the coupe-like design and improved performance parameters, the model can have a higher fuel-efficiency.
The Captur crossover is expected to be priced between Rs. 12 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be the premium alternative of the SUV Renault Duster in the company’s line-up. Once launched, it will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV500 in the segment and will also compete with the 7-seater Tata Nexon in the price range.
The premium crossover will give a stiff competition to the likely rivals with its attractive exterior styling and delightful interiors with several assistance and safety measures. Moreover, the coupe-like design and improved power system with various options will make it one of the strongest contender in the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Above all, the timing of the launch will also play a vital role in the number of sales at the increasing end, as the model is scheduled to be launched during the festival season in the country, somewhere in between October and November of 2017.