Renault’s brand ambassador for the Indian car market – Ranbir Kapoor – will promote the automaker’s latest launch – the Captur SUV. A television commercial featuring the movie star and the SUV has just TV screens in India.The Captur will was launched earlier this month, and the SUV competes with the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Mahindra XUV500. The SUV is Renault’s priciest vehicle currently.
It features 5 seats, petrol and diesel engine options. Prices start from Rs. 10 lakhs for the petrol base variant while the top-end diesel variant is priced at Rs. 14.06 lakhs. The Captur sold in India is similar to the version sold in Russia and other emerging markets. It is different from the European Captur, which uses the Renault Clio platform.
The Indian Captur uses the Duster’s B0 (pronounced B Zero) platform, and also shares its engines and gearboxes with the Duster. The petrol engine of the SUV is a 1.6 liter unit with 104 PS and 140 Nm. The diesel engine is a 1.5 liter turbocharged unit with 110 PS and 240 Nm. The petrol engine features a 5 speed manual gearbox while the diesel engine gets a 6 speed manual.
Renault plans to introduce automatic gearbox options on the petrol and diesel versions of the Captur sometime next year. This is because the SUV’s competitors offer automatic transmission options, and also because a lot of Indian buyers now prefer automatic transmissions on cars priced more than Rs. 10 lakhs. The Captur is front wheel driven.
An all wheel drive variant is possible in the future as the platform supports an all wheel drive system. The Duster, on whose platform the Captur is based, is available with an all wheel drive option. Twin airbags and ABS is standard on all variants of the SUV. It sits above the Duster in terms of price and positioning. However, there is a fair bit of overlap between the pricing of top-end Duster variants and the Captur.