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Renault to roll out 'Captur' to challenge Ford's EcoSport, Maruti's XA Alpha

To compete with Ford's EcoSport, Maruti's sub-4m SUV

Roudra Bhattacharya  |  New Delhi 

French carmaker is developing an even smaller sport utility vehicle after the successful launch of the in 2012.

To compete with Ford’s EcoSport and market leader Suzuki’s sub-four metre that will roll out next year, the Captur will be launched in 2018. According to estimates provided to suppliers, is targeting sales of 60,000 Capturs a year. Ford sells 4,400 EcoSports a month.

“The Indian version of the will see some changes. The length is likely to be brought down to under 4 metres to avail of excise duty benefits,” a source close to the development said. The engines are expected to be the 1.5 litre diesel and 1.2 litre petrol used across and models like the Micra, Sunny, and the Fluence.

A India spokesperson declined to comment on the development.

The Captur, based on the fourth generation Clio platform, was shown as a concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The mini was launched in France in April 2013 to strong sales.

“One good product can change the fortune of a brand in India. Who knows it better than Renault, which proved its prowess in the segment. Bringing out another small will be a fitting reply to competitors when its sedans and hatchbacks are struggling,” said Gaurav Vangaal, senior analyst for light vehicle forecasting at IHS Automotive.

India’s sales volume dropped 28 per cent to 31,980 vehicles in April-December 2014. It will launch the Lodgy, based on the platform, in the next few weeks to compete with Honda’s Mobilio, Maruti’s Ertiga and Toyota’s Innova. This will be followed by a new small car (Code: XBA) in the festival season to compete with India’s top-selling by

sells the Pulse hatchback, and Fluence sedans and and Koleos SUVs in India. It shares a production facility with its global partner in Chennai. The plant has a capacity to produce 4,80,000 vehicles a year.

First Published: Sat, February 07 2015. 22:15 IST
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