The Renault Kaptur is the French automaker’s new crossover for the developing nations including Russia, India, Indonesia and others. It is based on the Duster platform, which makes it a right product for Renault to launch in India. The Duster’s platform is currently being localised into India and it would be easier for Renault to locally developed this crossover. It has got its looks similar to that of its predecessor model Captur. With a similar sounding name the new Kaptur is however not based on the Clio-based platform used by Captur.
Renault wants this to be a premium update for its current SUV model Duster in the market. The use of Duster platform has made it economically cheaper for Renault to build the car and styled it similar to that of its existing model Captur. This gives the new Kaptur a premium car market value at a lesser production cost for the manufacturers. Renault will be firstly launching the Kaptur to the Russian market and later on it is expected to reach the Indian market by 2017. Renault has recently made the launch of its facelift model of Duster, which features a few new design tweaks and a new AMT gearbox. In the Indian market Renault is most likely to place Kaptur in between Duster and Koleos. Kaptur will be slightly more expensive than the current SUV Duster and will also feature more premium interior and comfort comparing to Duster.
Renault Kaptur Exterior
Even though the Kaptur gets its designing similar to that of the Clio based Captur from the European market, it has got some noticeable styling tweaks different from Captur. The new honeycomb grille with a bigger sized Renault Logo at the centre, a larger front bumper along with new C shaped day time running LED lights, larger tailgates with new LED tail lamps and stylish skid plates on the rear bumper. The major difference between Kaptur from Captur comes in its dimensions. The Kaptur measures 4,333 mm in length, 1,813 mm in width (excluding door mirrors) and 1,613 mm in height; this is 233 mm longer, 35 mm wider and 47 mm taller comparing to the Captur crossover. There is an increase of 68mm in the wheelbase too from 2,606mm to 2,674mm. Kaptur will be available with 16 or 17 inch alloy wheel option.
Renault Kaptur Interior
Yes, the bigger size compared to Captur makes it more spacious on the inside and adds up to give a third row of seats. This bigger size makes it look more of an aggressive crossover and the 5 seat layout is more welcomed in markets like Brazil, India and Russia. Kaptur comes with a boot space of 387 litres which expands up to 1200 litres when the seats are folded. Some other feature include the 60/40-split bench seats for the rear passengers, MEDIA NAV infotainment system with a 7-inch display and Bluetooth connectivity, Remote Engine Start system, heated front seats and a heated windshield.
Renault Kaptur Engine Specifications
The Russian spec model will be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre petrol engine. It will also get an AWD system, which will be based on the Duster 4×4. The India-spec model will share engine specifications with its SUV sibling. The petrol version will get a 1.6-litre engine that is capable of producing 102bhp of power at 5,850rpm and 145Nm of torque at 3,750rpm. On the other hand, the oil burner will be a 1.5-litre dCI unit that is good for 108bhp of power and 248Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 5-speed, 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT Easy-R gearbox.
Renault Kaptur Price, Launch Date, Competition
Renault will be launching the new Kaptur in the Russian market by summer 2016 and later on it is expected to reach Brazil and finally the Indian market by October 2017 in the range of INR 12 lakh – INR 15 lakh. Once the Kaptur hits the Indian roads, it will be having a tight competition against the likes of current Mahindra XUV500, upcoming Tata Hexa and Honda BR-V.