Renault Captur has been launched in India today with manual transmission only; AT’s arrival expected at 2018 Auto Expo
Renault has just launched its Captur SUV in Indian market priced from Rs. 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new flagship SUV from the French auto major doesn’t come with any automatic transmission and the brand says it is working on automatic variant that will arrive soon. We can expect the automaker to launch the automatic variant of the Captur at 2018 New Delhi Auto Expo.
Renault Captur is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The SUV shares the same 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine with the Duster SUV. For transmission duty, it gets a 6-speed manual gearbox only. Priced between Rs. 9.99 lakh and Rs. 14.06 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), Renault Captur certainly lacks something that is much needed to be successful in such price band vehicles.
Despite projecting it as a premium product Renault doesn’t offer an automatic gearbox for this car, which will certainly affect the image of this SUV. Ironically, the Captur will compete with tough rivals like Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa. All these models offer automatic transmission within Rs. 15 lakh slab. Also, Captur’s rival models come with more powerful engines.
In such a competitive market, where Renault is attempting to boost its laggardly sales with the Captur and that too by projecting it as a premium car, absence of an automatic gearbox is not going to impress the buyers. Not only that, in terms of features also, the rival SUVs offer more than Captur.
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Many buyers might think that Renault Captur is the same model sold in European market. But, that’s not true. Renault just named the car same as the European-spec model, which gets several upmarket features and is very popular in several countries. Apart from sharing the name and similar design India-spec Captur is much different compared to the European model.