Sep, 2020 - By SMI
Renault has replaced the M0 platform-based Captur SUV with the M0+ platform and is now on sale in Russia.
A French automotive manufacturer, Renault has discontinued the BS-IV compliant Captur SUV in the Indian automotive market. The flagship has been shelved due to many reasons. The Captur SUV was launched back in 2017 in India. According to Autocar India, one of the main reasons behind the discontinuation of the Captur is that the vehicle never got a foothold in the Indian market. The company had sold only 6,618 units of the vehicle till March 2020, which is a poor number in an SUV loving market.
The Captur was built on the Duster-based M0 platform, as well as shared its underpinnings with the Duster SUV. However, the company has launched the BS-VI compliant, petrol-only variant of the Captur in India. The petrol-only variant was scheduled to be sold from April 1, 2020. The 2020 petrol-only Captur is equipped with a 1.5-liter petrol unit engine whereas the company has not upgraded the 1.5-liter K9K diesel unit yet. Moreover, the company has replaced the M0 platform-based Captur with the M0+ platform and is now on sale in Russia. However, the Indian variant is expected to cost more than the above-mentioned model.
Moreover, the India-spec variant of the all-new Captur will compete with the new Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos. The company is also planning to launch a compact SUV named the Kiger, which is expected to hold promise. The company believes the nameplate (Renault Duster) still has credence in the Indian automotive market and hopes to keep it alive until the new Duster arrives, which is expected to be launched by 2022. Moreover, the company has also discontinued the Captur’s K9k diesel engine after the BS-VI emission norms came into effect. However, recently, the Captur SUV was updated with additional features in the global market.
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