EcoSport beware: Renault Captur SUV priced from €15,500, offers 27.77 kmpl

Renault Captur order books have opened in France and the base model is priced at €15,500 (INR 10.88 lakhs or $20,045 or £13,410). A total of three engine options, two petrol and one diesel will be on offer. Renault Captur will compete with Nissan Juke, and yet to be launched Ford EcoSport and Peugeot 2008 in Europe.

renault captur at 2013 geneva motor show (1)Renault unveiled the Captur officially back in January this year. It is also on display at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show currently. For the French market, Renault Captur will be available in three engine options, Energy TCe 90 petrol, Energy TCe 120 petrol and Energy dCi 90 diesel.

Captur Energy TCe 90 petrol is available in three versions – Life, Zen and Intens which are respectively priced at €15,500, €17,400 and €19,100. Captur Energy TCe 120 petrol is available in two versions, Zen and Intens, respectively priced at €19,500 and €21,200. Captur Energy dCi 90 diesel is available in four versions, Life, Zen, Business and Intens, respectively priced at €17,700, €19,600, €20,100, and €21,300.

The 1.2L Captur Energy TCe 90 petrol offers 90 PS power, 20.04 kmpl (4.9 litres/100km) mileage and CO2 emissions of 114 gms/km. The 1.2L Captur Energy TCe petrol offers 120 PS power, 18.51 kmpl (5.4 litres/100km) and CO2 emissions of 125 gms/km. The Captur Energy dCi 90 diesel offers 90 PS power, 27.77 kmpl (3.6 litres/100km) mileage and CO2 emissions of 96 gms/km. Because of this highly efficient diesel engine, all variants of Renault Captur diesel get a government subsidy of €200 in France. Transmission is taken care by EDC dual clutch automatic six-speed gearbox.

Bookings have begun. Test drives will commence during promotion week in France during April 11-15, 2013. Innovative features of the new Renault Captur include, Reversing camera, Bluetooth®-equipped Plug&Music radios for all versions, Keyless entry and starting, Hill Start Assist  and LED daytime running lights for all versions, Modular boot floor, 60/40-split folding and sliding rear bench seat, Machine-washable removable seat covers, and An innovative glove box: the ‘Easy Life’ drawer.

Renault has great hopes from their new compact SUV. IHS Automotive predicts that for 2015, Captur will register 93,000 units sales compared to 36,000 units of Ford EcoSport and 100,000 of Peugeot 2008. There is no doubt that the car looks stunning. And now, with the aggressive pricing with which Renault is offering the Captur, it will be not be difficult to match predictions of IHS. As far as India is concerned, Renault has not said anything in this direction. But considering the growing demand of compact SUVs, they will be tempted to launch Captur in India soon.

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