French carmaker Renault has officially confirmed that the Captur SUV will be launched in the Indian market in 2017. The company has also released a teaser image of the SUV.
Renault already has a strong market presence in the compact SUV segment with the Duster. The Captur will be a premium offering in crossover segment which will be slotted above the Duster.
On the design front, the Captur features LED headlamps with signature Renault eyebrows, C-shaped LED daytime running lights, a black bar connecting the headlights and plastic cladding to give it a rugged look.
The Captur will draw power from the existing 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol motor produces 102bhp and will be coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The oil burner is offered in two tune options - 83.8bhp and 108bhp. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Renault is likely to offer the Captur with a choice of front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. In a later phase, the automaker might also introduce the automatic CVT and AMT gearbox options. The interior of the SUV will feature a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connectivity options and automatic climate control.
Renault India CEO and MD, Sumit Sawhney said, "We are delighted to announce that we will launch our premium feature loaded Renault Captur in India this year, which has delivered global success and is widely acclaimed for its stunning expressive design."
Renault has already sold over a million units of Captur around the world. But the India-spec model will be tuned to suit the Indian conditions. The company will also offer a high level of customisation options on the new SUV.
Renault India has also achieved the milestone of 300 dealerships across the country, which makes it one of the fastest growing networks in the automobile industry. With a strong network of sales and service, the company will be able to lure more customers with the launch of the new Captur SUV.
The utility vehicle segment is growing at a rapid rate in India. Renault will further strengthen its position in the country by introducing the Captur. Once launched the new SUV will rival the Hyundai Creta and upcoming Nissan Kicks.