Expected to feature additional equipment over the Duster, the Captur comes off as a relatively premium product that also retains the robust platform and powertrains of the latter!
Renault India launched the Duster in 2012 and the compact SUV quickly gained a reputation for its robust construction, powerful yet frugal diesel engine and its exemplary ride and handling. However, the Renault Duster also earned flak for its basic interior and lack of features. Although Renault India has updated the Duster from time to time, it still isn’t the most feature loaded compact SUV that you can buy. With Hyundai gaining a substantial piece of the market share with the Creta, Renault has now decided to bring premium and feature-loaded Captur to India.
Before we compare the Renault Captur to the Hyundai Creta, let’s see how the new crossover stacks up against its sibling – the Duster. First off, we should mention that the India-spec Captur is not the same as the crossover sold in Europe with the same name. While the Euro-spec Captur is based on the Clio hatchback’s platform, the Captur for India will be based on the Duster’s ‘B0’ platform. The Duster’s ‘B0’ underpinnings have been heavily localised in developing markets like India and Brazil and should help Renault keep the price in check.
The India-spec Captur is currently being sold in Brazil under the same name and in Russia as the Kaptur. The Captur based on the ‘B0’ platform borrows its styling and the cabin from the European Captur and looks comes off as a more relative product than the Duster. The fact that the Captur will be similarly specced to the Brazilian version should help us compare it to the Duster.
Dimensions listed above are for the Brazil-spec model, India-spec model might vary slightly
Although the Duster and the Captur share the same platform, both SUVs are poles apart when it comes to appearances. While the Duster looks butch and muscular, the Captur has a more crossover vibe to it.
The Duster boasts voluminous haunches, the Captur, on the other hand, rides higher and comes off as a relatively flamboyant product with Renault’s latest design language and dual-tone paint scheme.
Even the cabin of the Captur looks posh when compared to the Duster’s. It has got the digital+analog instrument cluster like the Fluence did and the infotainment system is placed much higher compared to the Duster.
The Captur is here to fulfill the biggest loophole in the Duster’s packaging – lack of features.
What the Captur offers extr
* Full-LED headlamps – Renault LED Pure Vision Headlamps. Lower variants are likely to get projector units.Large ‘C’ shaped LED daytime running lights
* Multiple dual-tone paint options like the Russia- and Brazil-spec model
* 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels with 215/60 tyres (likely)
* Passive keyless entry with push button engine start-stop (gets a key shaped like a smart card similar to the discontinued Fluence)
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