Renault India has announced that the launch of its new crossover Captur will happen this year in India. First showcased at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show, the crossover is already on sale in countries like Russia and Brazil as a left-hand drive, however, the Indian bound Captur will be the first that will get a right-hand drive. The Captur is based on the Duster MO platform and will be positioned above the Duster. Renault will manufacture the Captur at its Chennai facility and it is expected to be priced between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. When launched, the crossover will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta, which is the best seller in its segment, and Mahindra XUV500. Following is a comparison among the three based on specifications, design, features and price:
The Captur appears to have the most compact design of the three. Dimensionally, the Captur will be 4,333mm long, 1,813mm wide, 1,613mm tall and will have a 2,674mm wheelbase. The India bound Captur will be based on the Duster MO platform and not on the European version Captur. According to some spy shots taken earlier, the Captur will get projector headlamps with LED DRLs and a large grille.
Following Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, the Creta looks proportionate. The balance of chrome and plastic is quite right as well. A blackened out A and B-pillar for a floating roof effect also adds to the appeal. Overall, the design looks modern and attractive.
The Mahindra XUV5OO is an SUV which measures 4,585 mm in length, 1,890 mm in width and 1,785 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm and a minimum turning radius of 5.6 metres. The higher W8 and W10 variants also get alloy wheels and puddle lamps. All trims come with follow me home headlamps as an added passive security measure. The Mahindra XUV5OO also has an electric sunroof on the W10 versions.
The Indian version of the Captur will be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.6-litre petrol engine will produce 103 hp of power and 148 Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre diesel engine will be available in two states of tunes – 85hp and 110 hp. The upcoming crossover may also get AWD (All Wheel Drive) with locking centre differential and will have six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Powering the Creta are three engine options - a petrol and two diesel units. The petrol, a 1.6 L unit that generates 121 hp max power at 6,400 rpm and 151 Nm peak torque at 4,850 rpm. The diesel engines, a 1.4 L and 1.6 L that generate 89 hp and 220 Nm or torque, and 126 hp 260 Nm, respectively. It gets two automatic and two manual transmissions. Both fuel options get their individual automatic and manual transmissions, all of them being 6-speed units.
The Mahindra XUV500 gets two diesel engine options - a 1.99-litre mHawk and a 2.2-litre mHawk. Power and torque generated by the mHawk engines are the same at 140 hp and 320 Nm. There are two gearbox options on the Mahindra XUV5OO, a six-speed manual and automatic. The W8 and W10 versions come with an all wheel drive system for off roading. This system, although a mechanically operated unit, can be toggled via a switch mounted on the centre console.
Inside the cabin, the crossover will get a 7-inch touch screen compatible with Bluetooth, USB and AUX. In addition, it will get steering mounted controls, automatic climate control and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. More details are still awaited and will be available when the Captur is officially launched in the country.
On the inside, the plastic quality used is top notch. One may feel that the dashboard is not only well-built but also a segment above. Along with the excellent interior quality, there are a number of cubbyholes to keep your knick-knacks, a cooled glovebox and a touchscreen infotainment system with integrated navigation. As for the headroom and legroom, it is more than adequate even for tall passengers. Dual front airbags are standard across all variants.
The list of features on the XUV5OO is long and the SUV comes a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity. The base W4 variant is the only one which has a 6-inch audio system that has Bluetooth connectivity but does not come with navigation. The SUV also has steering mounted audio, cruise and voice command controls. Only the top end W10 manual and automatic versions get a reverse parking camera, however, except the W4 variant, all others get reverse parking sensors. The higher trims also get push button start/stop.
In terms of safety, the Mahindra XUV5OO comes with dual front airbags and ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) as standard across all variants. The higher variants of the SUV also get Hill Hold and Descent Control, side and curtain airbags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Rollover Mitigation.
The Creta is currently retailed at a price range of Rs 8.83 - 14.01 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The XUV500, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 12.20 for the base variant and Rs 18.68 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) for the top trim. The Captur is expected to be priced between Rs 12-15 lakh, which puts it in a competitive position. However, it must also be considered that the Creta and XUV500 are due to receive an upgrade soon.