Renault Captur SUV teased, to be launched in India by end 2017

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With the increasing demand for SUVs in the domestic market, Renault, a French automaker officially announced that the company will launch the much awaited Renault Captur crossover in India. With this, Renault has a clear vision of taking the brand to newer markets, aspiring to be amongst the top 5 automotive brands in the country by 2020. The Captur also offers a lot of customization options internationally, and we expect Renault India to offer the program for the Indian customers as well. Renault already has a strong presence in the crossover segment with the Duster, and the Captur will further strengthen its positioning with a more premium, modern looking and feature laden product placed above the rugged Duster.

"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 design expressive design". The CAPTUR has sold over a million cars worldwide. Following suit, Renault's next offering in India will be another SUV/Crossover.

Once you get over the confusing naming policy, you can check out the design of the new Captur.

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The Captur will underpin the Duster's M0 platform but will be slotted above the Duster. It is rumoured that the vehicle will be offered with a 7-seat layout and would likely be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. As a result, the Kaptur is longer, wider and taller than the original Captur. It seems like rear seat space has been prioritised over luggage space as the Captur boasts a 387-litre boot with all the seats up as compared to the 475/410-litre boot of the Duster. For India, though, Renault is expected to continue with the tried-and-tested powertrains - the 1.5-litre petrol and the ubiquitous 1.5-litre K9K motor - but with the motors tweaked to output more power and torque. This is reflected by our strong product strategy, our rapid network expansion and fervent efforts to ensure customer delight. The name sounds familiar as Renault sells a model with a similar-sounding name in Europe.

It will compete with likes of Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and Jeep Compass.