Renault Captur: Is it a threat to the Indian crossover segment?

Renault India has finally launched the Captur in the SUV segment. The Indian version of the Renault Captur has gone through several updates in terms of specs and features over the European model. The success at the European market along with the growing demands for such types of car in India has urged the company to come up with the new product in the SUV segment.

The Renault Captur price is quite affordable when compared to the European version. Starting with a price of Rs. 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base model, the price goes up to Rs. 14.06 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-end trim. However, the design of the car resembles a crossover, which gives it an opportunity to compete with some of the crossover segment products.

Let’s first talk about the specs and features of the car.

External Design

The Indian-spec Captur is designed based on the MO platform and shares its underpinning with the Duster. It has gone through several updates over the European counterpart and features a crossover design. The car is designed well with some bold design elements along with some premium touches and looks to be an instant crowd puller. Upfront the car is aggressively built with a bold grille with chrome borders, LED headlamps with C-shaped LED DRLs and a sporty bumper. The sculpted bonnet looks attractive with subtle flowing lines.

The side profile of the car looks way too impressive with a floating roofline, black coloured C-pillars and 17-inch alloy wheels. The rear complements equally well to the entire design with rear spoilers, LED tail-lights along with a compact tailgate.

The attractive appeal of the car is further enhanced by the glossy colour options including a Cayenne Orange, Mahogany Brown, Pearl White, Moonlight Silver, Planet Grey and Pearl White.

Delightful Interior

The five-seater SUV offers a premium design inside along with a spacious cabin. As a result of the longer wheelbase, the car offers comfortable space for the five occupants with praiseworthy headroom, knee-room and legroom. The premium design of the car inside packs all the necessary modern technology, which assist in an enhanced driving experience. The seats are nicely wrapped in quality fabrics for the base models, while the seats and the steering wheel are upholstered in fine quality leather for the top-end trims.

The dual-tone colour scheme of the dashboard consists of black and ivory. The centre console dashboard features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is compatible with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The other equipment and accessories present inside the car include a Bluetooth, cruise control, automatic climate control, traction control, etc. On the safety aspect, the car offers a rear parking camera, dual front airbags and Antilock Braking System (ABS) with EBD.

Powerful Engine Mechanism

The Indian-bound car borrows the powertrains of the Renault Duster. It comes with the same 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engines. The diesel variant produces a maximum power output of 108 bhp at 4,000 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 240 Nm at 1,750 revolutions per minute. On the other hand, the gasoline version churns out a maximum power output of 104 bhp at 5,600 revolutions per minute against a peak torque of 142 Nm at 4,000 revolutions per minute. On the transmission front, the diesel unit comes paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol version gets a five-speed manual gearbox.

Is it a threat for crossovers?

The Renault Captur is the first premium SUV by the manufacturer with a crossover DNA. Apart from the crossover design, the Captur offers some exciting features which are good enough to be threatful for the crossover segment cars. Some of the crossovers like Maruti Suzuki S-cross, Jeep Compass, etc. are expected to get stiff competition from the Captur.

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