It’s no secret that the success of the Kwid has led to Renault India laughing its way to the bank. The small hatchback has done a lot of good to the Indian subsidiary of the French car-maker. However, it’s in the Small SUV segment where the company is losing foothold at an alarming rate. The Duster has almost completely lost out to the Hyundai Creta. The carmaker now plans to launch the all-new Duster here by 2019. However, much before that, the manufacturer will also launch the highly awaited Captur to SUV to . . .well. . .try and capture your imagination. Also known as the Kaptur, this new Renault Captur India launch will happen around this Diwali and the new crossover-SUV will sit in the Rs 12-16 lakh price bracket. Yes, it will rival the Hyundai Creta and the Mahindra XUV500 and help the company regain popularity in the ever-growing SUV segment. So read on for the Renault Captur India spec model.
While the Europe-spec Kaptur, nay, the Captur, uses Clio’s platform, the model headed to India is built on the Duster’s MO platform. In terms of dimensions, the India-bound version is larger and wider. Hence, it goes on to offer more interior space. The new SUV has a long list of features, which includes bits like a LED headlamps and taillamps, smartphone connectivity, 17-inch alloy wheels and several more features. The engine specs are much like those of the Duster. The upcoming Renault SUV in India looks sleek, modern, and thanks mainly to bits like a high ground clearance, adequately robust, too. The new SUV will launch at just the right time; this year’s Indian festive season should help this model take off with a high demand.
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Renault India will make use of high localization to keep the pricing competitive. However, it’s for sure that the new car will cost a lot more than the Duster. This price premium will be justified through a modern design, a long list of features, decent specs and well-sorted dynamics. The India-spec model will measure 4,329 mm in length, 1,813 mm in width and 1,619 mm in height. The new SUV enjoys a ground clearance of 210 mm, which is something that an average Indian SUV buyer will definitely appreciate. While the Captur will offer a high interior space, it will be a strict five-seater. The boot space, however, is around 1352-litres with the rear seats folded.
The new Renault SUV in India looks contemporary and very attractive. True, there’s a slight MPV-ish touch to the design but that doesn’t make the crossover too soft from any angle. The highlight of the front-end is the V-shaped front grille that gives this model a really pleasant façade. The sleek headlights, together with the rather sporty bumper, give the Kaptur a distinct identity. Coming to the interior, the new crossover offers a really upmarket feel and a long list of features. The dashboard and other panels are made of high-quality materials and the fit-and-finish is world-class. Bits like a fully-digital speedo console give the dashboard a really modern feel. The Captur received 4-star safety rating by Latin NCAP. The car offers safety features like front airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, Disc brakes on all four wheels and ISOFIX mounts for the child seat.
The specifications list of the Renault Captur might not feel very special, but trust us, the 1.5-litre engines from the Duster are world-class motors that offer a good mix of performance and fuel mileage. The Gasoline engine offers a maximum power of 106 PS while the oil burner outputs 110 PS. The K9K engine is known for its refinement, reliability, and efficiency. While the petrol engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the Diesel model gets a 6-speed manual unit. Automatic variants are likely to follow at a later stage. However, it doesn’t look like the India-spec Captur would ever get an all-wheel drive system. Internationally, the Captur comes with AWD mechanism that offers three modes – Lock, Auto, and 2WD. The Lock mode offers differential locking mechanism to enhance the off-road capabilities.
Overall, the Captur (Kaptur) manages to impress with its design, specs, features and interior space. Here’s a detailed look at all the parameters of the new model.
Renault Captur India Launch Date
|Launch Date (expected)
Renault India is yet to reveal the official launch date of the new SUV. However, the company has organized a test drive for us later this month, which does hint at the fact that the launch isn’t too far in the offing. We are pretty sure the Captur SUV will launch in October. A festive season debut will help this crossover benefit from the increase in sales of cars. Test drives at authorized Renault dealerships should start in the coming weeks. Bookings for the new Captur SUV will start from September 22. You can contact your nearest dealer for more info on the bookings.
Renault Captur India Price
The Renault Captur for India is underpinned by the Duster’s platform. Thanks to a high level of localization, the new crossover won’t come at exorbitantly high prices. That said, this model will cost more than the Duster and sit at least half a segment above. The entry-level variant will cost around Rs 12 lakh, while the fully-loaded trim will cost roughly Rs 15 lakh. At this price point, the SUV will cost as much as the Hyundai Creta. It will even rival the entry- and mid-level trims of the XUV500. The Kaptur will be likely seen as a smaller sibling of the Koleos, which could never exactly tickle the taste buds of SUV buyers in India.
It will be now on the upcoming crossover to repeat the sales success of the Duster. Renault is now a well-recognized brand in India and we don’t think people would hesitate before spending on a premium product by the French manufacturer.
Renault Captur India Mileage
Like we have been saying, the Captur will share its engines with the Duster. Hence, we have a fair idea of the mileage this crossover will offer. Well, to put it bluntly, fuel efficiency won’t be the Captur’s forte. But come to think of it, this is a premium crossover we are talking about here and hence, a stellar average mileage was never the goal of the manufacturer. Instead, this car will offer high levels of comfort, a fair amount of ruggedness, a lot of features and an overall world-class experience without offering a low efficiency. On the contrary, a max. mileage of around 21 KMPL for the Diesel and around 15 kmpl for the Petrol are pretty respectable figures.
Renault Captur India Specs
While the Renault Captur or Kaptur, we should say, that is on sale in Russia gets two petrol engines, the India-spec crossover gets a petrol and a Diesel engine. These engines, along with the M0 platform, come from the Duster. While the gasoline version of the Captur will get a 1.5-litre H4K engine, the Diesel model will get a 1.5-litre K9K Diesel engine. The former will offer a 5-speed manual transmission, while the latter will offer a 6-speed manual transmission. Automatic variants are likely to launch at a later stage. There won’t be any 4wd models.
|1.5-litre, 4-Cyl, NA
|1.5-litre, 4-Cyl, Turbo
Internationally, the Captur SUV offers an All Wheel Drive (AWD) system. This system even offers differential locks and three modes- Auto, Lock, and 2WD. Equipped with the AWD mechanism, the Captur is sufficiently capable on rough conditions. Also, the Duster-sourced platform ensures that Renault India’s latest SUV is dynamically sorted. The Diesel model of the India-spec Captur gets the tried-and-tested K9K 1.5-litre Diesel engine that outputs 108 BHP and 240 Nm for the Duster. While the former is a naturally aspirated unit, the latter is a turbocharged unit with a VGT.
Renault Captur India – Images
Renault Kaptur India Exterior Design
The Kaptur, nay, the Captur offers a really new-age design that should have a wide appeal. The car offers just the right mix of sleekness and sportiness. Come, let’s review the exterior design of the new product.
The Captur’s nose carries a wide V-shaped grille that is flanked by sleek-looking headlamps. The bumper is neatly sculpted and looks rather sporty. The India-spec Kaptur will be larger than the model on sale in Europe. However, the basic design, and even most of the styling elements, will be exactly the same. All this means that the front-end of even the SUV that will go on sale in India will have a distinctly Renault look that is sure to impress many.
The side profile of the Captur looks very sleek due to the clean surfaces and a really sloping roofline. Even the C-pillar will be blacked-out to give a floating roof effect. Another characteristic of the car’s sides are the are the flared wheel arches and the stylish 17-inch alloy wheels. While the silhouette has a touch of an MPV, the side profile does manage to impress with its overall dynamic profile. The well-pronounced belt-line, stylish outside rear view mirrors, and roof-rails make the crossover more stylish.
The rear of the new crossover is equally impressive. Basically, the rear-end is a reflection of the front-end. Even the posterior gets a sporty touch through the bumper and the taillamps impress with their LED elements. Overall, the new Renault Capture SUV for India impresses with a really attractive design.
|387-litres (expandable to 1,200 litres)
Renault Captur India Interior Design
The interior of the upcoming Renault SUV is a reflection of its exterior. The inside of this cross-over is very modern, which is mainly due to the large touchscreen display and the fully digital speedo console. The Indian version is larger and wider, which means the cabin space will be higher. Here are complete details of the cabin.
The Captur SUV for India has larger dimensions than the European model. Hence, the cabin space will be higher, too. Expect both the front and the rear passengers to enjoy decent leg-space and shoulder-roof. That said, the new model will offer a five-seat layout only. The cabin will offer an airy feel. The quality of materials and the fit-and-finish will be top notch. While this SUV won’t be as spacious as the XUV500, the space on offer will be definitely at par with those on the Hyundai Creta.
The interior, while high on space, is unfortunately not very high on practicality quotient. The glovebox isn’t too big, as half of its space is occupied by the fuse-box. Also, the door pockets aren’t wide enough to hold a liter bottle. The boot space, at 392-litres, can be expanded to 1352-litres by folding the rear seats. There is a pretty big storage compartment in the dashboard, which can easily hold your wallet, smartphone, and other knick knacks.
The Captur will come with Renault’s MEDIA-NAV infotainment system. This modern infotainment unit offers many features, including smartphone connectivity through Bluetooth. Surprisingly, there is no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The unit also works as a screen for the rear parking camera. The sound quality from the audio setup, though decent, isn’t the best in the segment.
- R-Link App Compatibility
- Engine Start-Stop System
- Rear Aircon Vents
- Touch-screen Interface for Infotainment
- Sat Nav
- Automatic Headlamps
- Vehicle Stability Control
- Brake Assist
- 17-inch Alloy Wheels
- Automatic Climate Control
- Rain-Sensing Wipers
- Cornering Lamps
- Hill Start Assist
Renault Captur Boot Space
This model offers a boot space of 392-litres. It can be further enhanced through folding the seats completely. With the rear seats folded, the car will have a boot-space of 1352-litres.
Renault Captur Ground Clearance
The new Renault car in India has a ground clearance of 210 mm, which is something that an average Indian car buyer will surely appreciate. The high ground clearance not only helps the Capture trod along really rough surfaces with many small obstacles but also gives the SUV a bold stance.
Renault Captur India – Safety Features
- Two Airbags
- Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Disc Brakes on all four wheels
- Brake Assist
- Anti-theft Security System
- Central Locking
- Seat Belts with Pre-tensioners
- ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
Well, here is a detailed look at the new Renault Captur (Kaptur) SUV. While there is definitely a lot going for this new Renault SUV in India, there are a few negatives as well. Here is a quick look at what we feel about this new SUV-
- Exterior Design
- LED Headlights
- Customizing Options
- Tried and tested Engines
- Decent Driving Dynamics
- No Automatic
- No 4WD
- Lack of enough storage spaces
- Body Roll
The Renault Captur India spec model definitely has a lot going for it. With its launch date hardly a few weeks away, we think you should wait for this model if you are in the market for a launch of a world-class small SUV in a price bracket of Rs 12-16 lakh. So, does the Kaptur, nay, the Captur SUV impress you? Are you waiting for the Renault Captur India launch to take place? Share your views with us by commenting below.