Renault Captur launch by Diwali, to take on Creta, XUV 500

While a launch date hasn’t been specified, the Renault Captur is expected to go on sale in India around Diwali in October. Photo: AFP

While a launch date hasn’t been specified, the Renault Captur is expected to go on sale in India around Diwali in October. Photo: AFP

Mumbai: French auto major Renault is planning to do an encore of its runaway success with the Duster and the small car Kwid, with its new premium SUV, the Captur that’s slated for Diwali launch.

Sumit Sawhney, managing director & chief executive of Renault India told PTI that the much-talked-about launch will take place in the December quarter, but refused to specify whether it could be a Diwali offering or not. The crossover SUV is also known as Kaptur in some global markets like Russia and Captur in Europe which is based on the Clio’s platform. But the Captur that’s coming to the domestic market is a crossover on the Duster platform and will be “positioned at a very premium over the Duster,” he said.

Sounding very bullish, he said Captur is a globally tested SUV having already sold over 1 million units. “We hope to repeat the same level of success here with the Captur”. According to industry analysts, the Captur will take on the Hyundai Creta and the top-end model may take on the Mahindra XUV500, the recently launched Tata Hexa and also Nissan’s Kicks expected by the end of the year.

According to analysts, the SUV may come in two engines options—a 1.6-litre petrol and a 2-litre diesel power train and may be priced around Rs12 lakh, which is the more or less same at that of the Creta. The compact SUV segment is the fastest growing cornering a fourth of the market pie. Launch is expected to cash in on this segment as Renault’s larger SUV, the Koleos, has failed in India therefore withdrawn now.

“The five-seater compact SUV with ‘cross-over DNA’ will be a very premium offering and much higher than the Duster. The new SUV will be rolled out from the company’s Chennai plant,” Sawhney said. The largest European car brand in the country with around 5% market share has primarily two models—the entry level SUV Duster and two variants of its small car Kwid-0.8 litre and 1 litre, which has been specially made for this market and the biggest volume grosser.

Despite media reports that Kwid is facing some headwinds, Sawhney said the “car is selling as per expectation, in fact exceeding our expectation of 8,000-10,000 units in all the seven months of 2017. In fact in most of the months, we have crossed 10,000 units. Together, we have sold around 58,000 units so far in 2017. We were the seventh largest carmaker here and still continues to be now.

“We have completed a little over five years but we are already the No. 1 European car brand here. We’ve a long-term commitment to this market and will continue to aggressively ramp up our network and build on our product offensive strategy to drive volumes. We still stick to our target of being the among the top five players by 2020,” he said.

In this regard he also said the company has already opened 300 outlets, making it the fastest network ramp-up in the country and will have 20 more by December. “Our network expansion is more focused on small towns. For instance we opened 10 outlets on a single day in Kerala taking the overall number 30 in the Southernmost state,” Sawhney added.

On the new launch he said, the Captur has a sensual crossover French design which is a unique vehicle class, clearly reflecting our new global design DNA. The Captur will have features like projector headlamps with C-shaped LED DRLs, large front grille and alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the crossover will have a 7-inch touch screen compatible with Bluetooth, USB and AUX apart from steering mounted controls, automatic climate control and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.


Facelifted Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Takes on New Datsun redi-Pass and Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid


The Alto 800 comes with improved exterior styling and upgraded cabin
Datsun redi-Pass stocks its layout structure with Renault Kwid
The redi-Go undercuts both Alto 800 and Kwid in terms of pricing
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
3.14 lakhOn Avenue Price(Mumbai)
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Suddenly there appears to be lots of movement within the small vehicle marketplace. This is the very best quantity phase in the Indian automobile bazaar, and it’s far still genuinely ruled through theamazing Maruti Suzuki. We’re seeing yet every other facelift for the bestselling Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. Itseems like strain from competitors like the Renault Kwid and new Datsun redi-Go is finally showing uppossibly? The present day generation Alto 800 arrived in 2012 and this replace sees a slight tweaking to its styling with what Maruti calls an aero-side design. There may be a brand new trapezoidal formed grille, refreshed headlamps, and the hood gets new individual lines. The front bumper now protrudes out an additional 35mm, which makes the automobile‘s overall duration stand at 3430mm now. Previous to the facelift, I had squared the Alto 800 off versus the Kwid, and the latter had received that contest handsomely.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Interiors get new material upholstery and door pads, and there are two new outdoors hues on provideinexperienced and blue. Maruti finally concurs that an outdoor rear view replicate on the passengerfacet need to be widespread! A toddler lock feature has also now been delivered, and so like I said itseems glaring that stress from the competition is beginning to show. the auto maintains to use itsefficient zero.eight litre motor that produces 47 bhp of energy and sixty nine Nm of torque. Maruti claims anine% enhancement in mileage at 24.7 kmpl – though that is nevertheless now not segment exceptional. And that seems real for the automobile on the whole too I think.

The Alto 800 Get New material Upholstery and Door Pads
The Alto 800 gets New fabric Upholstery and Door Pads

The maximum latest rival to take at the Alto is the all-new Datsun redi-Go that stocks its structure with the Kwid. Renault and Nissan (which owns the Datsun brand) have subsequently decided that go-badgedmerchandise will now not paintings (Duster-Terrano, Scala-Sunny, Pulse-Micra). So the redi-Cross is nopass-badged product and the commonplace platform would not display up in any respect in most of whatyou see and contact, barring some buttons and switches internal.

Datsun redi-Pass shares its architecture with Renault Kwid
Datsun redi-Go shares its architecture with Renault Kwid

The redi-Cross is quite a good searching car, with its ambitious face, big and properly sculpted headlamps, and it even has LED daylight hours walking lighting fixtures in its bumper! Seems are very subjective, but having stated that there’s no question that the redi-Cross has the most contemporary,fashionable, and modern design. The Kwid Seems wider, with its SUV-like stance coming via. The Alto –regardless of the refresh then remains the plain-Jane of the p.C.. The Hyundai Eon is any other8504ca0e3fb5bfcdbdf1e8263f0c30ef car, however has didn’t make any effect and so is being unnoticed of this shootout.

So when it comes to design, the Kwid wins on practicality even as the redi-Go trounces the alternative twowithin the beauty sweepstakes. In the cabin too the redi-Go is a lot greater fashionable and this is in spite of the truth that it is very glaringly a budget version. Plastic pleasant appears marginally higherthan the Alto’s too. but seeing the frame panel peeping through those very narrow mag racks at the doorsis without a doubt pretty a blatantly obvious cost saving measure. The Kwid has the great sense of area, and its virtual cluster is funky and contemporary. The Alto has most of what the other do – characteristicclever, but it comes across because the most fundamental and dated. The Kwid also has the biggestboot among the 3 cars.

Datsun redi-Pass and Renault Kwid Use the Same 799cc Engine
Datsun redi-Go and Renault Kwid Use the Equal 799cc Engine

Below the hood the Kwid and redi-Pass are same. each use the Equal 799cc 3-pot that makes fifty threebhp. each offer segmentexcellent mileage of 25.17 kmpl. regardless of being the Same engine because the Kwid’s, it doesn’t sound so appropriate within the redi-Pass, and usual NVH ranges are pretty sub par. The AC fan simply makes it worse due to the fact even on the first position it’s got a touch hiss to itthat is stressful. Having said that it has a reasonably efficient AC.

the alternative element proper approximately the redi-Go‘s cabin is the experience of space you get way to the more top of the roof – that is exaggerated inside the design at the outside. The Kwid appears to have better sound insulation among the engine bay and cabin, so the engine doesn’t sound as wheezybecause it does on the redi-Cross. The tools lever additionally has a greater solid feel, and on thecomplete the Kwid has got the maximum big feel of the three motors. It feels bigger than its competitorsin phrases of ways it drives too – discovering as wider – and it without a doubt handles a great dealbetter.

with the aid of assessment, the Alto has were given this tin can like sense to it. You get a whole lot ofunwanted remarks from the street. The steerage is just too smooth – with too much play. but it is the zippiest of the three – and maybe you may just put that down to the reality that Suzuki is aware of what it is doing in relation to petrol engines! It also appears to have the most effective air con that cools the carquite quickly and noiselessly.

Renault Kwid
Renault Kwid

Now for the costs: The Kwid is the maximum high-priced with marginally better pricing of 2.62three.sixty seven lakh. however its area, superior handling and customisation alternatives suggest that shoppersdon’t appear to mind too much. The redi-Move although is at the alternative stop of the spectrum, with Datsun aiming to provide a extra cutting-edge package than the Alto – similar to the Hyundai Eon first had (Eon 0.eight: three.34-4.26 lakh, Eon 1.0: four.39-4.fifty two lakh. Eon takes on Alto K10, not Alto 800). but unlike the Eon the redi-Move undercuts the Alto on Rate. The Datsun Rate variety is 2.38-three.34 lakh, while the Alto is priced at 2.453.seventy two lakh. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.

So the selection turns into quite clean for me. This is the maximum compelling the Alto800 has ever been, but it still takes the bronze medal right here. The redi-Pass almost does enough but falls brief on sheer driveability, and so should settle for silver. The advanced Avenue feel of the Kwid – notwithstandingits slightly better pricesconsequently takes gold and is derived through because the triumphing smallvehicle. I must add right here even though that at the same time as Maruti offers a motive forceaspectairbag as non-obligatory across all editionsit is simplest on provide within the top editions of the other two. Structural integrity of all vehicles on this segment stays suspect – because India has nomodern crash norms to speak of. So they should be visible as metropolis runabouts that are to bepushed at distinctly decrease speeds.