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Renault Captur facelift revealed in Russia, should India get it?

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Renault has revealed the facelift Captur for sale in the Russian market. The Renault Captur sold in India is marketed as Kaptur in Russia and the new facelift which on the outside appears to have only cosmetic changes, has been updated with a new more advanced platform for Russia. The new Kaptur in the Russian market shares its underpinnings with the Renault Arkana crossover Coupe SUV which uses the new B0+ platform. The Renault Captur in India which is the pre-facelift model has the Nissan-Renault B0 platform which is also used on the Nissan Kicks in the Indian market. 

In terms of styling, the facelift Kaptur gets mild updates with its grille, bumper and alloy wheels and features a V-shaped chrome-accented grille with a large Renault logo in the centre, LED headlights, C-shaped LED daytime running lights on the bumper, a wide air dam, silver-finished faux skid plate, rock guards on the lower parts of the doors, combination tail lamps etc. 

The Kaptur comes with dual-tone interiors, a centrally mounted touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity features, analogue digital driver’s information console, climate control air-conditioning, cooled glove box, steering mounted audio and telephony controls, LED lights in the cabin etc. 

If Renault decides to bring a mildly upgraded model the facelift Captur in India could be powered by a BS6 compliant 1.3-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine that makes 156 HP of power which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. As of now, Renault used to sell the Captur with a 1.5-litre K9K DCi four-cylinder diesel engine and a 1.5-litre H4K four-cylinder petrol engine in India; both were BS4 compliant. The brand is likely to offer only a new petrol model in the Indian market from 1st April 2020 when the stringent BS6 norms are enforced. 

The facelift model may not come to India anytime soon, as the Captur has failed miserably to attract buyers. Also, the Captur for India is unlikely to get the new chassis from the Arkana seen abroad.