Evo India - - RENAULT CAPTUR -

THE SUV SEG­MENT has grown three times in the past five years – it’s a statis­tic that il­lus­trates just how much In­di­ans love their SUVs. And you know which SUV kick started this craze? The Duster! Sure we had Sa­faris and Scor­pios for long be­fore that but the Duster showed us that an SUV needn’t have any of the com­pro­mises of an SUV; that it can be as easy, as com­fort­able and as re­fined to drive as any reg­u­lar car. It opened the flood­gates and paved the way for ev­ery other man­u­fac­turer to bar­rel down the SUV road – com­pact, pre­mium, pseudo, what­ever – ev­ery­body wanted a slice of the (very prof­itable) SUV pie. Heck, Re­nault tapped so deeply into the craze that they even went and slapped SUV cues on their hatchback to cre­ate the Kwid.

Yet in the SUV race, Re­nault has been left be­hind. For­get the com­pact SUVs like the Vi­tara Brezza, and surely the Tata Nexon af­ter those crazy prices, even the Creta still does close to 10,000 units a month and that’s af­ter be­ing around for two years. The Duster does 15 per cent of that. There’s ob­vi­ously a mar­ket and this is Re­nault’s stab at get­ting back into the game that it once owned. Cap­tur with a C

Now this is so con­fus­ing even I made a boo-boo. Re­nault will proudly tell you that over one mil­lion Cap­turs are on the road in 75 coun­tries. But what needs to be kept in mind is that there are two distinct Cap­turs. The Euro­pean Cap­tur is based on the Clio plat­form while the Asian, or rather BRICS Kap­tur is based on the Duster. It’s the Kap­tur that we get in In­dia, but it is still spelt Cap­tur.

Vis­ually the Cap­tur and Kap­tur look al­most iden­ti­cal and are in step with Re­nault’s new de­sign lan­guage with a bold and ex­pres­sive grille, the Re­nault lozenge tak­ing pride of place, and

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