Renault India has teased an image of its upcoming SUV, the Captur. The SUV has already been caught testing in India. The Renault Captur will be positioned above the Renault Duster and will compete with the likes of the Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta and the recently launched Jeep Compass in India.
We believe the India-spec Captur is essentially the Russian Kaptur, whose underpinnings are based on the Duster's B0 platform. The European Captur, despite having the same name, has a shorter wheelbase and based on a different platform.
Since the SUV is based on the Duster, the Captur is expected to get the Duster's 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine in different states of tune. Choice of transmission might be similar to the international version which offers options between a 5-speed manual, a CVT and a 6-speed automatic. Initially, the 2WD version will be launched with the 4WD following sometime later.
The Captur may get full LED headlamps with DRLs. The interior might get a choice between two-tone look or an all-black theme like the Russian model. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation might be on offer as well.
The Captur measures 18mm longer than the Duster and will be offered in a 5-seater configuration. The rear bench can be folded down in 60/40 ratio, which will expand the 387-litre boot to 1,200 litres. At 204mm of ground clearance, the Captur will have no problem maneuvering over bad sections.
The Renault Captur will be manufactured at the Renault-Nissan plant in Oragadam, Chennai. We believe this will help the company price the SUV aggressively against the competition.