Renault India is said to be considering the a low cost SUV for the Indian car market. The SUV is said to arrive in 2016, as a vehicle that will sit under the Duster in terms of price and positioning. The Captur’s body shell and the Duster SUV’s underpinnings could be combined to build a low cost SUV that suits budgets in an emerging market such as India. The new SUV could fill up the space that Renault has under the Duster, in other words, the space that the Ford EcoSport currently occupies.
While the Captur sold internationally is based on the Renault-Nissan B platform (Nissan V platform), with a length of about 4.1 meters, a sub 4 meter length is what Renault could be aiming at if it indeed brings a low cost SUV with the Captur’s body shell to India. A sub-4 meter length would be a critical requirement for the low cost SUV with the Duster’s underpinnings and the Captur’s body shell as attractive excise benefits are only available to cars that measure under 4 meters in length in India. The low cost SUV is expected to be exclusive to Renault. Nissan, for its part, has a similar sub-Terrano vehicle in the works.
The idea to combine the Captur’s body shell on the Duster’s platform is to cut costs as the original Europe-spec Captur would be too expensive for an SUV that seeks to compete with the Ford EcoSport on pricing. While the Euro-spec Captur makes do with an all-turbo petrol and diesel engine line up, the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine of the Duster is likely to be a staple on the low cost SUV sold in India. While the Euro-spec Captur also features twin clutch automatic transmissions on both the petrol and diesel engined models, the India-spec low cost Renault SUV is expected to make do with manual gearboxes.