Renault India CEO, Sumit Sawhney has revealed a bit of detail about the upcoming Renault Captur SUV regarding its positioning in the Indian market. The Captur will take on the Mahindra XUV500 head on.
The Renault Captur will be placed above the Duster in the Indian market, as a premium offering. This puts the Capture directly in line with the XUV and the newly launched Jeep Compass.
Commenting on the Captur, Sawhney said, "The five-seater compact SUV with ‘cross-over DNA' will be a very premium offering and much higher than the Duster. The new SUV will be rolled out from the company's Chennai plant."
Sold as the Kaptur in Russia, India will get the same spec crossover, but called Captur here. In the European market, the Captur is based on the Renault Clio platform while in India, the Duster's platform is made use of. Also, the European spec Captur is shorter compared to the one that will be on sale here.
In regards to the launch of the Renault Captur in India, we can expect the crossover to be in the market in the coming few months, hopefully by October. The Captur will have a choice of either a 1.5-litre petrol or a 1.5-litre diesel engine that will make 102bhp (petrol), 83bhp (diesel), and 108bhp (diesel), similar to the Duster.
The Captur crossover can also be selected with a choice of either a front-wheel-drive layout or with an all-wheel-drive system. Expect Renault to offer the Captur with a standard manual gearbox, while an AMT could make it to India at a later stage.
The Renault Captur looks promising regarding design and features, but the engine options (performance) seems to be a downside. Compared to the XUV and the Compass, the Captur lacks a few ponies under the hood, but if priced right, the Captur could upset sales numbers for Mahindra and Jeep.