After turning heads on the streets of many countries, the Renault Captur makes its way to India. With distinctive expressive styling, the Renault Captur is set to win many hearts.
Renault Captur is India’s first premium SUV with strong crossover DNA – as claimed by Renault.
The Renault Captur is unwrapped in India just before the festive season and is set for its launch around Diwali 2017.
The premium SUV will be ranging from around 12-16 lakhs (estimated). Which means that it would be competing with its own sibling, The Renault Duster. Why would Renault do that? How is Renault Captur different from Renault Duster?
Let us first have a look on the Renault Captur ’s Design:
The Renault Captur comes with stunning design, which would certainly capture your sense. It has every trait of being a premium crossover. With its wide-muscular bonnet and bold stance it definitely is a piece of attraction.
The front bumper houses the Renault’s latest C-shaped DRLs and fog lamps and a skid plate at the bottom. This skid plate is all over the Renault Captur to give it that rugged and tough look. The wonderfully designed headlamps are full LED with floating side indicators.
The newly designed big crystal cut 17 inch alloys are the reason why Renault Captur looks charming when viewed from side as well. The 17-inch alloys are a size larger than the Renault Duster and its 210 mm ground clearance makes it’s a proportionate SUV.
From the rear, the Renault Captur looks simple yet elegant. The ripple tail lamps are designed beautifully and just like the headlamps, the tail lamps are also full LED.
Overall, it is a very refreshing design, which was missing in this segment. Moreover, Renault is offering multiple customisation options to its customers in the form of garnishes, roof graphics, and many more.
Lets hop inside the Renault Captur–
As soon as you hop inside the Captur, you will certainly sense that it is a touch upmarket than the Renault Duster. The newly designed wrap-around dashboard feels nice and fresh. The quality and texture of plastics used are also better than what was being used in the Duster.
Renault is bringing a “Platine” variant of Capture exclusively for India. It is top of the level variant, which hasn’t been introduced yet around the globe by Renault.
It is being launched first time for the Indian market.
The platine variant uses white and golden colors inside. The white color is used in the lower part of the dashboard and the golden color is used as the metallic inserts around air-con vents and the infotainment system.
The main attraction inside the cabin is the funky butterfly shaped instrument cluster, which gets a large digital speedometer surrounded by the fuel gauge and a tachometer.
The ambient LED lighting makes the cabin refreshing.
Captur can be operated via a smart access card, which can be used as a remote key for lock/unlock, walk-away lock and keyless entry.
The two-tone white and black leather seats looks good and feels nice and soft. The driving seat is a bit low point in the Renault Capture, especially for those who are 6ft and above. The driver’s seat is high and tall passengers will find it tough and uneasy to drive. Also there is lack of telescopic steering wheel, which means that it is very hard to find the right driving position.
The backs seats are wide enough to accommodate three adults comfortably and the legroom is adequate as well.
But one can feel a bit claustrophobic inside the Captur as the cabin fells cramped specially due the small back seat windows.
About the Engine-
The Renault Capture comes will be available in petrol and diesel variants. It will come with the same 1.5L engine as of duster’s but with 5-speed (petrol) and 6-speed (diesel) manual transmission. The H4K petrol engine generates 106Ps of power and 142 Nm of torque. While the K9K dci diesel engine exhibits 110Ps of power and 240 Nm of torque.
The petrol engine generates linear power delivery but lacks the punch. It is not that exciting to drive. Also the clutch is quite hard which means that you would need strong left calf muscles to work it through the traffic.
The diesel engine is much better than the petrol but the car doesn’t have the kick to give you that adrenaline rush. The best part of this car is its gears. It is very smooth and you would love to work the gears.
The Renault Captur has borrowed the independent rear suspension system from the all wheel drive Duster that makes the ride comfortable. The Captur feels firmer to the ground than Duster and is good at cornering as well.
How is it different from the Renault Duster?
“The Renault Captur is a Duster in a fancy suit.”
It offers additional features than the duster and runs on the same platform and powertrains as of Duster’s.
Some key points –
- Both cars shares the same platform, the Duster is butch and muscular while the Captur has more crossover vibe into it.
- Captur is a bit funkier looking than the Duster with premium interiors.
- Captur is much better equipped than the Duster, although none of them is offering apple car play or android auto, which is a big miss.
- Duster feels roomier than the Captur.
- Duster is more rugged and sportier than the Captur.
- Captur offers full LED headlamps.
- Captur comes in manual transmission only while duster offers automatic variant as well.
- There are no such plans in the pipeline to launch the All Wheel Drive Captur while Duster has an All wheel drive variant.
The Renault Captur is charming from the outside and is much better from the inside as well when compared with duster but it lacks the pumping performance to beat its rivals – The Maruti S-cross, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano. The price of the Captur will determine its sales and dominance over its archrivals. Captur will hit a sweet spot if it is placed between 12-14 lakhs.