India bound Renault Kaptur will be positioned above the Renault’s very popular Duster in India
French automaker Renault has unveiled the Kaptur compact crossover in Moscow, which will reach the Indian shores by the end of 2017. Apart from India it will be launched in emerging markets like Russia, Brazil and Indonesia. Initially the car will be manufactured in Renault’s Moscow plant only.
Talking about the looks, the Kaptur has similarities with the larger Capture premium SUV, but it dons a new name. According to Renault, the name “K” represents three significant characteristics of the compact crossover, which are high quality (Качество), comfortable (Комфорт) and good looking (Красота). The Kaptur bears Renault’s six petal flower design language, which represents the human life cycle. According to the French automaker this car is a genuine crossover which bears robust and expressive design.
The front fascia sports sharp headlamp clusters with LED daytime running lights integrated to them. A glossy black background at the top of the wide grille holds the shiny diamond pattern brand logo. The grille bears a honeycomb mesh design and chrome garnishing. The bumper looks wide and gets horizontal slats. Both side of the lower bumper gets C shaped LED fog lamps, which look really attractive. The front also gets silver skid plate highlighting the off-roading capability of the Kaptur.
The muscular looking car also sports side body claddings, dual tone body paint, aggressive looking alloy wheels, roof spoiler atop rear, 3D effect LED taillights, and skid plate as well. Dimensionally Kaptur stands with a length of 4333 mm, 1813 mm of width, 1613 mm of height and 2674 mm of wheelbase. The 204 mm of ground clearance will surely give it an edge for off-roading tasks. It also comes with approach and departure angles of 20 and 31 degrees respectively.
Inside the cabin, Renault Kaptur will sport a neat multifunction steering wheel, stylish instrument cluster, 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system, media navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and many other attractive features. The 387 litres of bootspace can be expanded up to 1200 litres by folding the rear 60:40 split seats completely.
The new car would be powered by a range of engine options. There will be an Energy TCe 90 petrol, Energy TCe 120 EDC petrol, Energy dCi 90 diesel and Energy dCi 90 EDC diesel. Expect the India spec Kaptur to get a 1.5 litre diesel unit. Transmission options would be a six speed manual and a six speed Easy-R AMT from the new Duster. This car will be available in both 2WD and AWD options. When launched in India, it would lock horn with Mahindra XUV500 and Hyundai Creta. Expect Renault to take an aggressive strategy with this car, as it will be based on the Duster platform giving the automaker a higher percentage of localization ability.