With the premium compact SUV space ready to explode in 2015-17, Renault is already eyeing the future with its own Captur compact crossover, according to a report. Slated for a 2018 launch, the Captur for India will be mildly revised from the European version. Apart from slight differences in trim and style, the length of the Ecosport-fighter is likely to be brought down to under four meters from the current 4.1 meters, to avail of excise duty benefits.
The engines are expected to be the same 1.5 litre diesel and 1.2 litre petrol engine used across Renault and Nissan models like the Micra, Sunny and Duster. The next couple of years shall see a slew of launches happening in the compact SUV space which include Maruti Suzuki’s yet-unnamed compact SUV (code-named YBA), the Tata Nexon, Hyundai’s ix-25 based GS , a Honda Brio based specimen and Mahindra’s S101.
The Captur, based on the fourth generation Renault Clio platform, was first showcased as a concept in 2011 Geneva Motor Show, with the production commencing in Europe from 2013.
Source: Business Standard