It seems that Renault India has finally woken up to the rising automatic transmission demand.
Renault will finally launch an automatic variant for the petrol Captur next year. Even though this is good news for the buyers, it seems to be an afterthought from the automaker who hasn’t been able to garner an as good response for the Captur as it got for its Duster model.
The Renault Captur is the company’s flagship offering in India with prices starting from Rs. 9.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). It comes with two engine options, a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. While the petrol engine is currently mated to a 5-speed gearbox, the diesel engine gets a 6-speed gearbox. Surprisingly, Renault is planning to give the automatic gearbox only to the petrol variant.
The Renault Captur comes with the same engines as the Duster. The latter comes with a 6-speed AMT with the diesel engine but the French automaker didn’t introduce an automatic variant for the Captur. It was stated that the company doesn’t want the Captur to get an AMT.
The Renault Captur comes well-loaded with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has navigation and mobile connectivity. There’s also an ‘Infinity Instrument Cluster’ that is both stylish and informative. The dual-tone interiors too look good. Safety-wise, the compact SUV gets ABS with EBD and brake assist, ESC, four airbags, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera with guidelines, auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers. The feature list will vary depending on the variant you choose.
While the Renault Captur is set to get an automatic gearbox next year, 2019 will also see Renault’s alliance partner in India, Nissan launching its Kicks compact SUV. The heat in the compact SUV segment isn’t going anywhere and Renault will be hoping that the automatic Captur manages to turn its slow moving sales chart into a fast ticking one.
Renault Captur Automatic
– The automatic gearbox will be offered from next year
– It will only be mated to the petrol variant
– It is likely to be the same CVT gearbox found on the Renault Duster
Source – NDTVAuto.com