The Renault Captur shares its platform with the Nissan Kicks in India
The 2020 Renault Captur facelift for the Russian market (spelt as Kaptur) has been revealed. While the exterior of the compact crossover looks pretty much like its European counterpart, the Russia-spec model is a completely different animal under the skin.
To recap, the European model is underpinned by Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-B platform while the Russian Kaptur and Indian Captur share their cost-effective B0 platform with the Duster. The facelifted version, Renault says, sits on improved B0+ platform. While most of the styling updates seen on the Russian model are expected to be carried forward to the Indian Captur sooner than later, the B0+ platform is not expected to be introduced due to cost constraints.
The 2020 Renault Kaptur features LED headlamps but makes do without the brand’s new lighting signature. The revised grille and bumper with C-shaped LED foglights render a sporty appeal. In profile, changes come in the form of new dual-tone alloy wheels and redesigned D-pillar (gives an illusion of cantilevered roof with dual-tone colour theme). The rear fascia remains more or less the same.
While the CMF-A Captur benefits from a modern interior, the Duster-derived version for the Russian market makes do with the old interior but with significantly revised centre console and door trim with inserts matching the exterior colour. While details of scarce as of now, the Kaptur facelift appears to be employing a slightly larger touchscreen infotainment system.
The updated compact crossover for the Russian market receives the 1.3-litre TCe turbocharged petrol engine which was showcased onboard the Renault Duster at the Auto Expo last month. The motor, which was developed in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, produces a healthy 156 hp and 250 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox and a CVT are the transmission options. The existing 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor producing 106 hp and 142 Nm of torque will continue to serve the entry-level models.
The India-spec 2020 Renault Captur BS6 is most likely to share its petrol engines with its Russian counterpart. Renault India will discontinue the ageing 1.5-litre DCe diesel engine by the end of this month. The Renault Captur facelift is expected to be introduced in India sometime later this year. This means, for a few months from April 2020, the crossover would be available only with a 1.5-litre petrol engine.
The Renault Captur failed to make an impact in India and has been struggling to find takers since its inception in late 2017. The facelifted version will face tough competition from the Kia Seltos and new Hyundai Creta.