Renault Captur Automatic SUV: Launch timeline unmasked

Renault launched the Captur compact SUV in India last year and while it is still not a common sight on Indian roads, the French automotive giant is looking to press forward with its Hyundai Creta rival. As per a report by NDTV Auto, Renault is all set to launch an automatic version of the petrol-powered Captur in India early next year. The gearbox will be a CVT affair and is the same one offered with the petrol Duster in India.

Renault Captur Automatic SUV: Launch timeline unmasked

The Captur was launched in India in December 2017 at an introductory price of Rs 9.99 lakhs, ex-showroom (Delhi). The over 4-metre long crossover SUV brought with it a host of features including a contemporary European design with curves at all the right places to help enhance its style quotient, a good amount of chrome and skid plates on both ends to give it a rugged look.

Other features include LED headlamps and fog lamps, snazzy crystal cut 17-inch alloy wheels along with dual-tone black and white interiors with gold and white inserts present in higher specced variants. The Captur also features a large infotainment display with piano black surround and voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation. Renault also packed the Captur with a host of safety features including multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, ESC and Hill Start Assist.

The Captur is powered by petrol and diesel engines both of which displace 1.5-litres. The diesel engine cranks out 109bhp at 4,000rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1750rpm. The diesel Captur uses a 6-speed manual gearbox to send power to the front wheels and the crossover SUV returns a mileage of 20.37km/l.

The 1.5-litre engine powering the petrol Captur, on the other hand, produces 105bhp at 5,600rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The petrol engine in the Captur is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and returns a mileage of 13.8km/l. It is this petrol engine that will be paired with the new CVT automatic gearbox.

The addition of an automatic gearbox will make the Renault Captur a more interesting offer for the Indian customer and should help the crossover SUV stay competitive in a segment dominated by the Hyundai Creta.