Renault India finally introduced its second compact SUV in India- the Captur – and this one is a more premium offering from the carmaker in comparison with the Duster.
The basic variant of the Captur includes 50 premium features like projector headlamps, LED DRLs, and a built-in sound system among others.
The Captur follows Renault’s global design language and is based on the same M0 platform as the Duster. It’ll be available in 3 variants RXE, RXL, and RXT and will be available in both petrol and diesel engines.
Renault also launched another top-spec ‘Platine’ variant which makes it global debut in India. The Platine variant includes all the great features but is only available with a diesel powertrain.
Charges for the Captur start at ₹ 9.99 lakh heading all the way up to 13.88 lakh for the Platine variant. Regarding size, the Renault Captur sits longer than the Duster but is narrower and shorter than its sibling.
The ground clearance though can be an impressive 210 mm, better than the competition. There are other very likable things too like the full LED headlamps with the dynamic LED turn indicators.
You also get big C-shaped LED DRLs built-into the bumper, as the all-LED wraparound taillights get some neat detailing. The SUV rides on 17-inches diamond cut alloy wheels on the top trims.
Inside, the Renault Captur looks premium and the materials feel superior as well in comparison with the Duster.
The cabin is finished in a dual-tone black and white shade with the center console hosting a large touchscreen infotainment system surrounded by gloss black inserts.
The twin-pod instrument console features a digital screen that looks very sharp and futuristic.
The Renault Captur uses the 1.5-litre K9k diesel engine that generates 108 bhp at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 240 Nm at 1750 rpm.
The 1.5-litre petrol comes loaded with 104 bhp at 5600 rpm and 142 Nm of maximum torque at 4000 rpm. The petrol engine is mated to 5-speed manual transmission while the diesel gets a 6-speed.
There’s no automatic variant available yet, but Sumit Sawhney, CEO and Managing Director, Renault India said that you will see a CVT offered soon.
We expect the CVT to be the same model as the one on the Duster petrol which was launched earlier this year. On the Duster, the CVT returns 14.99 kmpl and we hope similar numbers from this unit when it makes it way to the Captur.
Renault India hasn’t given any timeline for the release of the automatic variant but we expect it to be launched in the 2nd quarter of 2018.