Renault India has announced that it will launch the Captur SUV in India soon, might be in a couple of months but before the end of 2017. The Captur is a premium SUV with a strong crossover DNA and it is already on sale in International markets. For your information, it is one of the highest selling crossovers in Europe. The car that will be launched in India is Kaptur (which is already on sale in Russia) and the Captur (which is already on sale in Latin America), because of the global naming nomenclature, the car that will be sold in India named as Captur. The company has announced that recently they crossed the milestone of 300 dealerships in India and they want to be in top five auto manufacturers in India by 2020. The Renault Captur will be manufactured at the Renault-Nissan plant in Oragadam, Chennai.
The Renault Captur based on the same platform as the Duster and it features Renault’s new design philosophy which includes design features like new deep-set grille with a larger Renault logo, larger C-shaped LED DRLs, tall hood, heavily sculpted body, shark-gill like accents on the taillamps and a tall stance. In Russia, the Kaptur has a contrast colored/wrapped roof, painted ORVMs, and contrast accents on the wheels, grille, side-mounting.
The Renault Captur has a seating capacity of only five people. In Russian market, the Renault Captur is 4333mm long (18mm longer than the India-made Duster), 1813mm wide (9mm slimmer), 1613mm tall, has a wheelbase of 2673mm (same) and ground clearance of 204mm (same). The Captur boasts a 387-litre boot to 1,200 liters compared to the 475/410-litre boot of the Duster. The European Captur has a shorter wheelbase and based on a different platform.
On the inside, the Renault Captur features reworked cabin design and might be it gets a choice between two-tone look or an all-black theme like Russian model. Might be, it gets 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation.
Since the SUV is based on the Duster, it is expected that the Renault Captur will be powered by 1.5-litre (1461cc), 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that develops 85PS/110PS of power and churns out 200Nm/245Nm of peak torque, paired to either a 5-speed/6-speed manual or a 6-speed AMT or a 1.5-litre (1498cc), 4-cylinder petrol engine produces peak power of 106PS and churns out 142Nm peak torque, paired either to a 5-speed manual or a CVT. Initially, the 2WD version will be launched in India while it will launch the 4WD version later and the company also offer intelligent AWD system from the Duster in the Captur.
Press Release Quote:
Commenting on these two developments, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations, said:
“India is an important market for Renault’s global growth plans and we have a thorough business strategy to grow our presence across the country. This is reflected by our strong product strategy, our rapid network expansion and fervent efforts to ensure customer delight. We have expanded our product portfolio to best suit the Indian customer and focusing on new and emerging segments to drive volumes. The SUV segment, which is amongst the fastest growing segments of the Indian automobile industry, has witnessed increasing customer attention to styling and design elements which are playing an important role in the purchase decision.”
“We are delighted to announce that we will launch our premium feature loaded Renault CAPTUR in India this year, which has delivered global success and is widely acclaimed for its stunning design expressive design. CAPTUR has sold over a million cars worldwide and will enhance our product portfolio as we aim to grow our presence in the SUV segment in India. Like all our offerings in India, there will high levels of innovation and customisation in the Renault CAPTUR that will be launched in India, to best suite the Indian customers.”
“Having completed a little over five years of operations in India, we are already the number one European brand in the country. We have a long-term commitment to this dynamic automobile market. We will continue to aggressively ramp up our service network as well as build on our product offensive strategy to drive volumes in India. While doing this, we will continue to introduce several unique and pioneering value-added services that make our customers’ lives easier, reflective of our brand ideology, Passion for Life.”