Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift and Renault Captur are two interesting upcoming products in India and here is how they compare:
Indian auto market is about to experience the launch of several interesting models in next couple of months. Some of them are brand new cars, while some are facelifted versions of existing models. Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to launch the facelifted version of its crossover S-Cross. This car is ready to hit the domestic market in the last week of September and it arrives with a revised and more attractive appearance compared to the current model.
Like the current model, 2017 S-Cross will be offered through the premium Nexa retail chain. Despite being a premium product, Maruti Suzuki couldn’t fetch desired sales result with this car. But, with the facelift, Maruti Suzuki hopes to see a sales surge. The current model sells around 2,500 units per month on an average and the facelifted S-Cross is expected to sell around 3,500 units per month.
On the other hand, Renault too is gearing up to launch its latest product Captur in the country that will be an upmarket offering to be positioned above the Renault Duster. Based on the Renault Captur, this crossover is specially designed for the markets like India, Brazil and Russia. As Renault has seen success with the products like Duster and Kwid in India, the Captur is going to be an important offering from the French brand to increase its market share.
Renault India has already teased the crossover ahead of its launch. Unveiled at 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show, this Captur is likely to hit the showrooms in India during Diwali, the time when the country’s auto market sees a significant sales surge. Upon arrival, this is going to be the new flagship model from the brand and it would be priced in the Rs. 10 lakh – Rs. 15 lakh slab.
Before these two models enter the country’s highly competitive SUV and crossover segment, let us take a close look at the spec-sheet based comparison between them:
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross vs Renault Captur – Exterior
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift arrives with a revised front fascia that makes it pretty aggressive looking compared to the current model. It gets a heavily chrome garnished new front grille with vertical slats. The front grille is flanked with sharp updated headlamps incorporating projector lamps and integrated LED daytime running lights. The hood gets a muscular sculpted appearance and the crossover also features an updated front bumper with black cladding, black fog lamp housing and skid plate.
Moving to the side profile, the car appears with similar design as the current model. There are new design alloy wheels, black cladding and a side sill as well. Apart from that, the side profile boasts turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area and a sloping roof with roof rail.
Moving to the rear fascia of Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift, it gets a roof spoiler, wraparound taillights and a chunky bumper with a skid plate. The rear profile doesn’t sport much change. Overall, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross looks pretty attractive and aggressive compared to the present model thanks to its redesigned front fascia and the other changes implemented to the model.
The upcoming Renault Captur crossover takes design inspiration from Renault Captur available in European market. It is based on Renault Duster’s M0 platform and the car arrives with pretty muscular tone. It gets a roundish appearance up front. The large black V shaped front grille with horizontal slats is flanked by sharp and large headlamps with projector units. There is a sleek chrome trim right at the bottom of the radiator grille and the diamond shaped brand logo sits at the centre.
The front bumper appears pretty muscular and there is a wide and large air intake with horizontal slats. There are C shaped LED daytime running lights at both ends of the front bumper along with the horizontal fog lamps enhance the car’s visual appeal further. The sloping hood gets sleek creases running toward the nose section of the car.
Moving to the side profile of the Renault Captur, it sports sporty alloy wheels and thick black cladding. There is a sleek side sill as well. Also, the car gets a dual tone paint scheme that increases its style further. The turn indicator integrated ORVMs and blackened glass area are the other design elements visible in the Captur. The muscular tone and subtle character lines are also visible there.
Rear profile of Renault Captur gets an integrated roof spoiler, wraparound taillights with C shaped triple LED inserts Apart from that, it also receives chrome finished grab bar on top of the registration enclosure, door sill, a thick black chunky bumper and a skid plate. Overall, the Renault Captur is a pretty interesting looking car in its segment with stylish and unique design that is capable of grabbing attention at the very first glance. Though Maruti Suzuki has done a nice job by updating the S-Cross, but Captur brings freshness to the segment with its new design.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross vs Renault Captur – Dimension
Dimensionally, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross comes measuring 4,300 mm in length, 1,765 mm in width and 1,590 mm in height. The Nexa offering gets 2,600 mm of wheelbase and 180 mm of ground clearance along with a 353-litre boot storage capacity. It gets a 48-litre capacity fuel tank and the S-Cross runs on 16-inch wheels. The car comes with a turning radius of 5.20 metre.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Turning Radius||Renault Captur Turning Radius|
|5.20 metre||5.21 metre|
Speaking about the Renault Captur, it measures 4,333 mm in length, 1,813 mm in width, 1,613 mm in height and it has a wheelbase of 2,674 mm. The Captur gets an impressive 204 mm of ground clearance. It offers 287-litre boot storage capacity and it has a 45-litre capacity fuel tank. It has a turning radius of 5.21 metre.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross||Renault Captur|
|Length – 4,300 mm||4,333 mm|
|Width – 1,765 mm||1,813 mm|
|Height – 1,590 mm||1,613 mm|
|Wheelbase – 2,600 mm||2,674 mm|
|Ground Clearance – 180 mm||204 mm|
|Boot Space – 353-litre||287-litre|
|Fuel Tank Capacity – 48-litre||45-litre|
|Wheel Size – 16-inch||NA|
Therefore, Renault Captur appears longer, wider and taller than the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. It comes 33 mm longer, 48 mm wider and 23 mm taller than the S-Cross. The 74 mm of extra wheelbase alongside the additional length ensures more space for the occupants inside the cabin of the Renault Captur. The French SUV gets 24 mm of extra ground clearance that certainly helps it in tackling the rough roads better than S-Cross. However, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross gets 66 litre of extra boot space ensuring space for more luggage compared to Renault Captur. S-Cross gets a bit larger fuel tank as well.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross vs Renault Captur – Interior
Not only exterior, upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift will arrive with a revised interior as well. There is a large touchscreen infotainment system at the centre console with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that certainly enhances its upmarket feel inside the cabin. Apart from that, it also gets a three spoke multifunction steering wheel, an updated instrument cluster with analog dials and a digital MID at centre.
The silver accent around hexagonal centre console, gear lever pod, AC vents enhance styling of the cabin along with the all black theme. Seats and upholstery materials come of improved quality compared to the current model. As there is no change in the dimension of this car, it will offer same space to the occupants. Other features inside the cabin include front armrest, rear armrest with cup holders, rear AC vents, engine start and stop button its.
Renault Captur offers an attractive cabin to the occupants with stylish design and several upmarket features. It gets a three spoke multifunction steering wheel, Renault’s patent butterfly pattern instrument cluster with analog dials and a digital MID as well. The centre console features a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The centre console along with touchscreen and rotary dials looks similar to the Renault Kwid’s centre console.
The all-black theme inside the cabin gives it a sporty vibe. There are circular AC vents and the dashboard looks neatly designed. Seat and upholstery materials are of upmarket quality and it offers pretty good amount of space and comfort compared to the S-Cross as the Renault vehicle is larger, wider and taller than the Maruti car and it also has a larger wheelbase as well. Both the cars appear attractive with their respective interiors. But, the Renault Captur looks more appealing and comfortable with its premium stance.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross vs Renault Captur – Powertrain
On the powertrain front, the current Maruti Suzuki S-Cross gets a 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel unit and a 1.6-litre DDiS 320 oil burner. Upcoming facelifted model will arrive with the present model’s 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel engine combined with SHVS system. This mild hybrid powertrain will be able to churn out 89 bhp of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Engine||Renault Captur Engine|
|1.3-litre SHVS Diesel||1.6-litre petrol|
No petrol engine will be on offer, at least at the launch. Neither an automatic transmission as the only gearbox will be a manual stick with five gears and a reverse.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Transmission||Renault Captur Transmission|
|5-speed MT||6-speed MT|
However, fuel efficiency of the 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel engine will be improved compared to the present model due to SHVS system. The upcoming facelifted Maruti S-Cross will deliver 25.1 kmpl of mileage compared to the current model’s 23.65 kmpl.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Maximum Power||Renault Captur Maximum Power|
|89 bhp @ 4,000 rpm||102 bhp (Petrol)|
108 bhp (Diesel)
Renault Captur on the other hand will arrive with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol powered model will get a 1.6-litre engine under the hood capable of kicking out 102 bhp of peak power and 145 Nm of peak torque. The diesel powered model will get a 1.5-litre engine under the hood that is capable of pumping out 108 bhp of peak power and 248 Nm of peak torque.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Torque||Renault Captur Maximum Torque|
|200 Nm @ 1,750 rpm||145 Nm (Petrol)|
248 Nm (Diesel)
Transmission options for the Renault Captur will include a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard for both the petrol and diesel powered model and there will be an Easy-R AMT gearbox as well borrowed from the current Renault Duster. Speaking about the fuel efficiency delivered by this car, the petrol model returns 12 kmpl, while the diesel powered model generates 17 kmpl.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Fuel Efficiency||Renault Captur Fuel Efficiency|
|25.1 kmpl||12 kmpl (Petrol)|
17 kmpl (Diesel)
The Renault Captur certainly has an edge with both petrol and diesel engine options as the car will be able to cater both the petrol powered car buyers and diesel lovers as well. Also, Having an AMT certainly gives the Captur an edge over the S-Cross that is available only with a diesel engine and a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Renault Captur appears generating more power and torque output than S-Cross. However, on the fuel efficiency front, S-Cross is much ahead of the Captur as the diesel-hybrid powertrain of the Maruti vehicle offers 25.1 kmpl compared to Captur diesel model’s 17 kmpl.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross vs Renault Captur – Safety
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift comes with a range of safety features. It will have dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, cruise control, seatbelt warning, reverse parking camera with guideline, engine immobilizer, rain sensing wiper, automatic headlamp, auto dimming rear view mirror etc.
Being an upmarket offering from the French auto manufacturer, the Renault Captur will come with several life saving protective measures. It will have safety features like dual front airbags as standard, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, rain sensing wipers, reverse parking camera with guideline. The car will have disk brakes on both front and rear wheels. Also, it is built on a tough frame that is capable of absorbing high level of impact during any mishap.
Overall, both the cars are well equipped with several safety features. The Renault Captur appears with better and more features compared to the S-Cross.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross vs Renault Captur – Price
On the pricing front, upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift would appear with similar pricing as the current model. In that case, the car will be available with pricing range of Rs. 8 lakh – Rs. 11 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). On the other hand, the Renault Captur is expected to be priced between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Price||Renault Captur Price|
|Rs. 8 lakh – Rs. 11 lakh||Rs. 10 lakh – Rs. 15 lakh|
* All prices, ex-showroom, New Delhi.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross vs Renault Captur – Comparison Verdict
If we compare these two cars, they are clearly positioned in different price zones. While the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross arrives as a slightly affordable crossover within the pricing range of Rs. 10 lakh, the Renault Captur presented as a premium product by Renault with pricing range going up to Rs. 15 lakh.
Indian customers are certainly showing more interest towards premium products but they are keen to choose the right ones too. While buying an SUV, power and torque output play crucial role and Captur do get ahead in those respects but you have to pay a premium for that.
However, you compromise on certain bits as the build quality is not that great while lacking features like 60:40 split seats, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay over the S-Cross. The S-Cross primarily rivals the Duster which has identical powertrain lineup as its flaunting premium cousin the Captur and it will satisfy you if power is what you’re after at lesser price.
The S-Cross will grab attention of the buyers as it is far less expensive than the Captur. It is for the customers who seek an affordable crossover with sub-10 lakh pricing and thanks to its diesel mild hybrid powertrain, this car offers an impressive fuel efficiency and in fact more features. Renault would be depending on the Captur very much to boost its sales in the domestic market but against S-Cross we doubt its approval.