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Renault Captur – Top things that make it a worry for its Competitors

The French automaker, Renault, is all set to launch one of its highly-rated Captur SUV in India. It has already been unveiled and is most likely to be launched during the festive seasons in October. The SUV crossover was unwrapped for the first time in Moscow last year and is currently available in the European market.

The Indian market is flooded with foreign automobile vehicles and it tops the priority list of most of the foreign companies who are looking to expand their portfolio in order to attain huge profit. India is about to become the third largest automotive market in the world and with the growing taste of SUVs among the Indians, many companies are piling their hopes in the segment.

Renault India has followed the trend and is looking forward to the launch of the all new Renault Captur SUV. The Indian version of the car is expected to receive some updates in the designing elements and feature list from the European spec model. It is designed to attract more buyers and the company is relying heavily on the product for a good performance in the market, especially after it garnered huge profits in the European model.

The India-bound model will have to directly face the rivals like Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Honda WRV, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Creta. It has got many goodies as compared to its competitors to boast-off. So, here we will discuss the top features of the upcoming SUV, which will make it a threat to the rivals.

Freshness in Design

The Indian-spec of the Renault Captur is built on the globally famous M0 platform and borrows its styling from the European counterpart. It offers a fresh look with significant updates in the styling to stand out from its rivals. The smooth flow of the design, along with a sporty aesthetic, makes it an instant crowd puller. It features an aggressive looking front profile, which offers a newly designed large grille, a sculpted bumper and a C-shaped LED DRLs, embedded on the fog lamps area. The side profile looks to be well designed with rightly placed creases and curves and sports 17-inch alloy wheels. It is going to be a real treat for your eyes with rear-end doing a fair justice to the attractive design of the model. It features a coupe-ish rear-end for improved aerodynamic and comes with an LED tail-lights with a ripple effect. The rear end boxy and rear diffusers. It also offers a ground clearance of 210mm, which is the highest ground clearance from Renault in any of its product. Moreover, it is going to be longer and wider than its competitors.

Among its competitors, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is simply designed, with a classy approach. For this reason, it lacks the styling punch that could make it an urban-centric car. On the other hand, the Honda WR-V is too much of an edgy car, we feel. The character lines are a bit too prominent which make it sharp, but maybe a little too much.

The spacious cabin

The Renault Captur provides a premium looking interior with comfortable and useful features for your convenience. It has got a spacious cabin and longest wheelbase from the rivals. The cabin offers a praiseworthy headroom (given the overall height), knee-room and legroom for all the occupants. It offers advanced technology inside the car to ease your driving experience. The seats are wrapped with an optional leather upholstery in the high-end variants, while the fabric seats are standard in the low-end models. It features a newly designed dual-tone dashboard, finely finished in black and ivory shades. The dashboard comes equipped with a 7.0-inch infotainment system with  Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The safety features include a reverse parking camera, dual front airbags, Anti-lock braking system with EBD, cruise control and automatic climate control.

The features offered in some of its competitors, like the Honda WR-v, is at par with the Captur. However, the way everything is put together as a complete package is praiseworthy. You will hardly find a car (among its competitors) that has such an attractively-designed interior layout. The colour combination on the dash is ever-so-good, as it refuses to go ahead with the same old beige and black combination or an all-black piano finish tone.

Powerful performer

The Indian-spec Renault Captur is expected to be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. It will be offered with a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. The petrol variant is expected to churn out a maximum power output of 102 bhp against a peak torque of 145 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel version will produce two sets of maximum power outputs- 84 bhp and 108 bhp against a peak torque of 200 Nm and 245 Nm respectively. The petrol variant comes paired with a 5-speed gearbox, while the diesel unit will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standards. Moreover, the option of an AMT unit along with 2WD and 4WD may also be available for transmission.

The performance parameters of the upcoming car are slightly on the higher side end from the rival Maruti S-Cross, while it is on an inferior side to the Hyundai Creta (which is a complete, of course). However, it is more powerful than the Honda WR-V, which offers a maximum power of 99 bhp for the diesel variant. And given the way the Duster is tuned, the mechanical side of the Captur is expected to be smooth too.

The fuel-efficiency of the new car is expected to be in the range of 13 kmpl to 15 kmpl for the petrol variant, while the diesel version is expected to return a mileage ranging between 19 kmpl to 20 kmpl.

Conclusion

The SUV crossover is expected to be competitively priced within a range of  Rs. 12 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh and will be the premium alternative of the Renault Duster. Hence, it will be placed above the Duster in the company’s Indian portfolio of production. It is here to give some strong fight to its rivals with its top-end features.

The premium crossover SUV is a well crafted upcoming model from Renault to compete with the best. It is not thrown among the league of the full-sized or full-fledged SUVs, like the Mahindra XUV500 or the Jeep Compass. However, the price segment will make it a member of the segment where the competition gets tougher.

One thing is for sure, it will be launched as the most premium crossover in the country in the passenger car segment and will be considered as the best choice among Honda WR-V, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross or even newly launched Tata Nexon.

With attractive exterior, spacious and delightful interior, strong performance parameters and several driver assistance and safety features, the car is going to be an absolute heartthrob. India, being the first country to get the RHD (right-hand drive) of the Captur, is all set to host this premium crossover soon. Hence, it goes without saying that it will surely be a threat to the rivals, with all its packed features and will prove to be a strong contender in the highly competitive SUV segment. Moreover, the timing of the launch will play a vital role in the success of the model in the Indian market. It will attract the buyers from every age group, especially the young ones, whose priority is power with safety.

Author Bio: I have been very passionate about cars since my childhood. I follow industry trends and contribute on several digital platforms to give the user a clear insight about the latest cars trends and technology.

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