India is definitely a lucrative market for Renault that was swarmed with overwhelming response from the Indian buyers after it launched the Renault Duster in 2012.
According to an exclusive report on Business Standard, Renault is working towards developing a SUV/crossover (smaller than the Duster SUV) named ‘Captur’. The Captur is scheduled to be launched in the Indian market in 2018. Based on the fourth generation Renault Clio platform, the concept of Captur was first showcased in the Geneva Motor Show, 2011.
In 2013, Renault showcased the production model of the crossover again at the Geneva Motor Show. The Captur had recorded substantial sales figures, when it was first launched in France in April 2013. In the European market, the Captur was launched in 2013 and in the calendar year 2014, it had recorded sales of about 200,000 units.
“The Indian version of the Captur will see some changes versus the European version that was launched in 2013. The most major part is that the length is likely to be brought down to under four metres to avail of excise duty benefits, from the current 4.1 metres,” the Business Standard report quoted one of its sources as saying.
Once launched in India, the Captur will take on the Ford Ecosport and Maruti Suzuki’s upcoming crossover that has been codenamed YBA, Tata Nexon, Mahindra S101, Volkswagen Taigun and Honda Brio based SUV. It is expected that Renault Captur will be powered by a 1.5-litre K9K diesel and 1.2-litre petrol powermill.
Renault currently offers five products in the Indian market that include Duster, Koleos, Scala, Fluence and Pulse. The company has scheduled the launch of its Renault Lodgy MPV in the coming few weeks. Lodgy will compete with Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Innova, Datsun Go+ and Honda Mobilio.
Renault cars are manufactured at the company’s manufacturing facility in Oragadam near Chennai. The company sells its cars through its 130 dealers spread across the country.