Indians love SUVs and especially affordable yet compact SUVs and the recent rising success of Hyundai Creta is the best example of it. We want an SUV which fits in our budget and has compact body dimensions which makes it easy to drive in city traffic without compromising on space, features and power. The Creta is currently the best in this business and it has become the benchmark for above 4m SUVs in India. Indians love such vehicles because of their styling, feature loaded interiors and powerful engine options.
. Following the footsteps of Creta, Renault has decided to take head on Creta with their new compact and stylish SUV Captur which will sit above their Duster giving an option to those who wish something better than Duster in terms of quality and features. The Captur is more of a crossover which is also, it will lock its horns with the Maruti S-Cross which has been trying hard to capture some share from the SUV obsessed market. The Captur is soon to be launched in our market within the price territory of Creta as well as S-Cross. What will be the situation like? Let us find out in detail.
Styling and Dimensions
The Captur is a Crossover instead of SUV and that is why despite having the high ground clearance, it reflects the crossover image more due to its curvy body image and minimal side cladding same as S-Cross. The Capture has a sharp design all over with lot of curves and sharp lines enhancing its aerodynamics as well as its styling. The front grille, day time running LED lights, wide bonnet and large 16-inch wheels giving it a butch styling character.
The side profile has sloping roofline leading to the wrap around design at the back which includes catchy hawk shaped tail lamps which are unique in its class and gives it an aggressive appearance. The Creta on the other hand is so popular because despite having compact body dimensions, the raised height and macho styling of this SUV adds to its road presence. The side body cladding, raised bonnet and roof rails gives it typical SUV characteristics and the wrap around design at the back completes the overall look of this SUV.
The S-Cross comes with subtle designing and has less road presence shaped than its rivals because it lacks the curves and sharp lines. However the new facelifted model looks more aggressive with a new chrome rich grille and meaner looking bumpers. The Creta happens to be the shortest SUV in this comparison with a length of 4270 followed by S-Cross which is 30mm longer than Creta while its 33mm shorter in length than the Captur.
The Capture is also widest of all with a width of 1813mm followed by Creta and S-Cross with a width of 1780mm and 1765mm respectively. The additional length of Capture helps it to get class leading wheelbase of 2673mm which is 73mm longer than S-Cross and 83mm longer than Creta. The Captur leads with its highest ground clearance of 210mm while the Creta and S-Cross stand at 190mm and 180mm respectively. Creta rides on 17-inch wheels along with Captur while S-Cross uses 16-inch wheels.
The Creta has already set the benchmark so high with its feature list that the competitors have to come fully equipped in our market. These all 3-SUVs will be loaded with features such as projector headlamps with day time running LED lamps, fog lamps, alloy wheels, all around cladding, push button start, auto wipers, lights, auto climate control, keyless entry, touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system and steering mounted audio and phone controls, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, front and rear centre armrests, leather interiors, MID, ABS with EBD, Dual front airbags, rear parking camera, sensors, rear de-fogger, wiper and many more. Both the S-Cross and Creta have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All these SUVs will come with five-seating option which with Captur resulting in best legroom thanks to its stretched wheelbase.
The Captur shares its engine with Duster for our market. It has the same 1.5L diesel engine producing 108bhp of power and with utmost torque output of 245Nm respectively. The diesel engine comes equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. There is also a 1.5L, 105bhp petrol engine mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox. As of now there is no option of automatic gearbox in Captur.
The Creta has already been riding high on success with its two diesel and one petrol engine. The SUV gets 1.6L, 122bhp petrol engine which is available with six-speed manual as well as auto gearbox similar to its 1.6L diesel engine which is capable of producing the highest in class power output of 126bhp with an utmost torque output of 265Nm. The Creta is also available with a less powerful 1.4L, 89bhp diesel engine which comes mated with a six-speed manual gearbox. The S-Cross now only comes with a 1.3L, Multijet diesel engine which churns out a peak power and torque output of 89bhp and 200Nm respectively. The engine is mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox only.
Currently, the S-Cross is the most affordable of all with prices starting from INR 8.06lakhs and going all the way to INR 10.7lakhs. These are prices for the S-Cross pre-facelift version and the one will see rise somewhat. The petrol version of Creta starts from INR 9.29lakhs while the diesel version starts from INR 10lakhs. The top diesel variant is priced at INR 14.55lakhs (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). The Captur may under-cut the Creta in terms of pricing as it is not much expensive for Renault to make Captur in India due to their own manufacturing facility.
So expect these all SUVs to fight hard with each other however by knowing the basic facts about all these SUVs, we can say that Captur seems to have all what it takes to succeed in a market like India where value for money factor is the top priority as it is stylish, compact, spacious, feature rich and will be equipped with powerful yet fuel efficient diesel engines.
Words- Sunil Kumar