Renault has pushed back the Captur SUV’s launch to November 2017. The reason for the delay is not known. Renault initially planned to launch the Captur during October, close to Diwali. However, bookings for the SUV continue to be accepted by Renault dealers around India. Though the new launch date has not been announced by the company, it is expected that it would happen in the first half of November.
The Captur is a Mahindra XUV500 competitor, and will be the most expensive Renault on sale in India. It will be priced above the Duster. We expect prices to start from around Rs. 12-13 lakhs. The Captur that will be sold here used the B0 (b-zero) platform from the Duster.
It is different from the European Captur, which is based on the Clio platform. The Indian version of the SUV is larger than the European version, and is sold in Russia as the Kaptur. India will be the second market for the newly developed SUV meant for emerging markets.
It will come with 5 seats, and not seven seats as previously expected. The Captur will be sold with 1.5 liter petrol and diesel engines, again borrowed from the Duster. The petrol version’s engine will deliver 105 Bhp and 142 Nm while the diesel engine with turbocharging will make 108 Bhp and 248 Nm. Both engines will be offered only with manual transmissions. The petrol gets a 5 speed gearbox while the diesel gets a 6 speeder.
After a while, we expect Renault to also offer the CVT automatic gearbox on the petrol version of the Captur. The diesel may not get an automatic option as Renault feels that the 6 speed AMT isn’t premium enough to be offered on the vehicle. Also, the Captur will only be available as a front wheel drive car. The all wheel drive layout from the Duster won’t be offered in the new vehicle.