Renault India has launched their globally popular C-SUV (C for compact) – the Captur, in India, and will be available at showrooms during Diwali season. Oh and we can expect the price of this premium SUV to be something around Rs 15 lakhs for top-end models.
Renault’s Captur has been launched in 75 countries across the world, before India, and has been sold to more than a million units so far – making it one of the most successful Renault SUVs. The popular C-SUV has finally been launched in India, making it Renault’s first B0 platform based car in the country. Placed over Renault Duster, Captur is a premium SUV styled with crossover designs and will compete other cars like recently launched Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Renault has not disclosed the price tag of the new car, but it is expected to be something around Rs 15 lakhs – which will prove to be a major factor in deciding Captur’s success in India.
But it is not just the price tag that will decide Captur’s fate, another important factor is what the car has got to offer as a well-rounded and impressive package for buyers. Now people have been loving SUV since long, but Crossovers and C-SUVs are the latest trends – because of their Indian-traffic friendly size and economic factors without compromising the handling bit of SUV (well, just up to certain extent, because SUV is an SUV after all). Captur will be available from October, during Diwali season, but it is already open for bookings by paying Rs 25,000.
Capture is available in 1.5 litre diesel and petrol. The oil burner is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox while the petrol comes with a 5-speed. There is no automatic on either sadly – a big miss for many, especially given that Renault is pitching this car at us as holding a premium, sophisticated and high-end appeal. The car we will have in India will be a little different than that sold in Europe – basically a little bigger in size – similar to the Russian and Brazilian version because Renault wants to differentiate if visibly from its Duster model. Fun fact, the car is called ‘Kaptur’ in Russia but it will be ‘Captur’ in India because the company thinks it will be easier to pronounce in India. I think Kaptur would have world just fine, rather it’s a little cooler. But let’s leave that to that.
About how many variants will be available – there will be no base variant for Captur and its high-end trim will be named the Platine Edition. The top variant will have ErgoDesign leather seats, and will feature white and gold interiors with ambient LED lighting. Both variants will have the LED daytime running lights, floating front indicators (a la Audiiiiii), black cladding, 17” alloys, ‘ripple effect’ taillights and even safety features like dual airbags, ABS, EBD and brake assist as standards. So is the C-SUV space hotting up for Renault Captur? You bet!