Renault Captur compact SUV unveiled

Renault unveiled its new compact SUV at the Detroit Auto show – the Renault Captur. This compact SUV is a stunner when it comes to looks, but isn’t really suited for markets like India just yet. Here’s why.

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The Renault Captur is a proper five-door compact SUV unlike its concept that was showcased at Geneva in 2011, which was a three-door. The Captur takes some of its design cues from the Clio and is based on the same platform. It is essentially a crossover – a mix between a compact car and an SUV, and offers the flexibility of a multi-utility vehicle. The styling is what is eye-catching, and something that would be an instant hit in markets like India. Unfortunately, there are no immediate plans for this. Also read: Choosing between an MPV and compact SUV

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The Captur showcased comes loaded with features such as keyless entry, parking sensors, R-Link touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth etc – something that is now considered standard equipment on most cars these days.

The Renault Captur is expected to be powered by engines similar to what powers the Renault Clio and Nissan Juke, which includes a small three-cylinder petrol and four-cylinder diesel engines. Renault has more choices in its portfolio and can customize it depending on the market requirement. Also read: Nissan to launch rebadged Duster SUV in 2013

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However, the Renault Captur measures 4,120 mm in length, which is the bone of contention here. This length puts it over 4-metres and does not qualify for small car excise duty norms in India. So even if Renault was to consider launching this vehicle in India, it would not be able to position it below the Renault Duster – and would have to sell it alongside.

Having launched five products in India in a span of just over a year and a half, Renault is now looking to consolidate its present offerings by introducing more variants and updates to its line up, before diving into all-new products. Also read: Renault Scala CVT road test

The Renault Duster is currently clocking over 5000 units a month in India and Renault may not want to upset that applecart just yet. However, it does hold future potential for a market obsessed with SUVs like India. Also read: Three compact SUVs in India this year