Renault will be updating the Captur for the Russian market with cosmetic changes and a ew platform. While the cosmetic changes may make it on the India-spec Captur, the new platform will not.
Renault has released the first image of the Captur facelift for the Russian market. With this facelift, the Captur in the Russian market has moved on to a new platform. The pre-facelift Captur sold in Russia shares its underpinnings with the India-spec Renault Captur which is the B0 platform. However, with this facelift, the Captur for Russia now shares its underpinnings with the Renault Arkana.
On the outside, there aren’t so many changes to the Captur. The facelifted model gets new wheels and there are mild alterations to the bumpers as well. The more important changes are under the skin. Renault says the refreshed Captur is actually based on the updated and “more advanced” B0+ platform that made its debut on the Arkana SUV-coupe.
Come April 2020, the Captur will be sold only as petrol model in India. Renault will not be upgrading the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine for the Captur. This means that during the initial phase of the BS6 era, the Renault Captur will only be available with a 1.5-liter petrol engine.
As for the India-spec Captur, you can expect a similar set of cosmetic updates for the SUV as we can see with the Russia-spec model. The Captur could also be benefiting from a new 1.3-liter turbo-petrol engine which produces 156bhp. This new engine was shown on the Duster at the 2020 Auto Expo and it features direct-injection as well as turbocharging. It will be introduced to the Duster line-up sometime next month.
However, the Russia-spec Captur facelift which is based on the new B0+ platform may not come to India. The updated architecture underpins a slew of models in the Russian market. In India, it is the B0 platform that is more commonly used and is seen on vehicles like the first-gen Duster and the Nissan Kicks. Upgrading to the B0+ platform will not make much commercial sense for Renault as neither the second-gen Duster nor the Arkana are expected to come to India.