Renault’s latest offering in the Indian market, after the hugely successful Duster, is the all new Renault Captur (Pronounced as Capture). Renault has started to accept bookings for the vehicle at Rs 25,000 and is expected to officially launch anytime now (before Diwali).
Body and structure
From what is known about the vehicle, it is a premium crossover made on the Duster platform. Though it has the same wheelbase and length as the Duster, it is made to be more sleek i.e. it is lower in height and has a roofline which will remind you of its competitors like the Creta or the S-Cross.
Its Ground clearance matches that of the Duster i.e. 210 mm.
Exterior and Design
The Renault Captur gets a smiley grill and a large airdam making it look quite bold from the front. The headlamps are almost ‘cat-eye’ like sweping front the front to almost half way across till the front fender. There are projector headlamps while the every so common LED DRLs find their way on the bumper.
To give it the SUV feel and stance (offcourse the ground clearance helps here), the Captur gets wide and flared wheel arches.
In the rear there are LED Tail lamps and the famous (slowly getting there) Renault Signia. The Bumper gets some sporty treatment as well with the lower portion being blacked out.
Interior, Safety & Under the Hood
The Renault Capture, though as mentioned earlier, has a lower height, but don’t let that fool you. The inside cabin is as spacious as the Duster, though one might feel the slanting roof when sitting in the rear seat (we will share detail reviews once the vehicle is launched)
We can expect the Captur to be fully loaded in terms of gizmos, which Renault has slowly but surely learnt that the Indian market works somewhat differently. The top end trim/s is rumoured to have Leather aplostery, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system (which is somewhat of a norm these days), cruise control, cornering lamps, rear camera and sensors, hill start assist, push button to say the least. It is also said that it might get an AWD option available to the customers.
Safety being everyone’s concern these days, the vehicle will have Dual front airbags, ABS & EBD (hopefully standard across all model variants).
Under the hood, it is expected to be powered by the 1.5L Diesel and 1.6L Petrol engine with a 5-speed and 6-speed transmission.
All in all, this will be the much needed boost that Renault needs. They will be hoping to make a similar impact in the market, which the Duster did for them not so long ago.