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    India-bound Renault Captur – detailed review

    by Mahesh Yadav on Wednesday, Sep 27 2017

    French car maker Renault wants to have sustainable market shares in India and increase its footprint in this highly potential and vast market. The Indian SUV market is increasingly popular and thus, Renault India is all set to launch the all-new Captur premium SUV, which was recently unveiled. The Renault Captur is going to launch during the ongoing festive season. It is slightly larger than the Duster and will be placed above it as a premium offering. The Captur will be facing very tough competition in the form of the highly popular Hyundai Creta and the impressive Jeep Compass and also indirect competition from the stylish Tata Hexa premium crossover.

    French car maker Renault wants to have sustainable market shares in India and increase its footprint in this highly potential and vast market. The Indian SUV market is increasingly popular and thus, Renault India is all set to launch the all-new Captur premium SUV, which was recently unveiled. The Renault Captur is going to launch during the ongoing festive season. It is slightly larger than the Duster and will be placed above it as a premium offering. The Captur will be facing very tough competition in the form of the highly popular Hyundai Creta and the impressive Jeep Compass and also indirect competition from the stylish Tata Hexa premium crossover.

    Here’ a detailed look at the Captur before it hits the Indian market:

     

    Exterior

    The Captur is based on B0 platform that also underpins the Duster. The Captur has an impressive styling with a bold and aggressive face and other beautiful styling elements. The most striking feature is the SUV’s premium lightings on the front in the floating headlight and Daytime Running Lights. There’s a muscular bonnet, charming headlight clusters, beefy bumper design, distinctive C-shaped DRLs and fog lamps make up the front façade.

    The premium SUV’s bold character if further enhanced by its large wheel arches, 17 inch crystal-cut alloy wheels, 210 mm ground clearance, roof rails, bold character line and classy chrome garnishes.

    Renault has done a great job on the Captur’s styling that is truly global and highly contemporary. The French automaker is also offering a host of great customization options with two preset themes.

     

    Renault Captur Interior

    The Captur gets a well-appointed, spacious and plush cabin that is loaded with good features.  It gets impressive new console and instrument cluster, leather draped comfortable and ell supportive premium looking seats and foldable arm rest with cup holders. The rear seat offers reading light and A/C vent. However, the infotainment system is the same as that of the Kwid, Duster and Lodgy, which was expected to be more premium, while Apple car play or Android auto support is also missing. However there are good features like rearview camera and Cruise control.

    There will be no base trim on the Captur and it will be available in only two variants. The lower variants will be also feature-rich with standard dual airbag, a Speed Limiter, and 2 lateral ISOFIX mounts, alloy wheels and more.

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    Powertrain & Handling

    The Captur will come in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol avatar gets powered by 1.5 liter, 4 cylinder H4K petrol mill which is capable of churning out 106 PS of power and 142 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The diesel version packs in a 1.5 liter K9K diesel motor delivering 110 PS of power and 240 Nm of torque. The oil burner is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox.

    The Captur has a very light steering wheel offering great comfortable drive of a city car, despite being a fairly big SUV. It takes sure turns without feeling heavy, while its suspension system offers a pleasant drive at all times, but there’s room for improvement when gearshift is concerned.

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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