Renault, the French automaker will launch the much-awaited Kaptur/Captur crossover in the Indian market this year. It was speculated that the model will be called Kaptur, but some media reports suggest that the new crossover will carry the Captur badge. The 2017 Renault Captur will be the French automaker's answer to the likes of the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Hexa. This crossover is already on sale in the Russian model. The Captur will be locally developed to achieve aggressive pricing. Here are 7 interesting things you wanted to know about this premium car
Bigger in size- As a reminder, India will get the Kaptur crossover that is already on sale in Russia. However, it will be rebadged as Captur. The 2017 Renault Captur is 211mm longer, 35mm wider and 46mm taller than its sibling crossover, which currently available in the European markets.. Dimensionally, the car is 4,333mm in length, 1,813mm in width and 1,613mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,674mm, The wheelbase of the crossover is 68mm more than the European-spec model
Engine Specs- The Russian spec model is available in two petrol engine - 2.0-litre 4-cylinder and 1.6-litre petrol. The India-spec model is expected to be offered in both petrol and diesel fuel options. The petrol version is likely to get a 106bhp, 1.5-litre unit, the oil burner is likely to be a 108bhp, 1.5-litre K9K unit. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and an AMT unit
Design Sharing with European Model- The 2017 Renault Captur crossover shares its design traits from the European-spec Captur crossover. While the European model is based on the VW Up! platform, the India-bound model is based on Duster's MO platform. However, the crossover has some new design features to keep things fresh in the market
Feature Loaded Cabin- The 2017 Renault Captur crossover comes loaded with several high end features including a MEDAI NAV system with a 7-inch touchscreen display with navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, keyless entry with start/stop ignition and cruise control
Based on Duster platform- The Captur crossover is based on the highly localised Duster's MO platform. To be positioned above the Duster SUV, the crossover is likely to be priced aggressively to target young buyers. This will help Renault to position the 7-seater car competitively against its closest rival- the Mahindra XUV500
Large luggage space- This crossover comes with a luggage space of 387-litres with both rows in position. The boot space can be increased by up to 1,200-litres with folded rear seats.
All-Wheel-Drive System- The new 2017 Renault Captur crossover will come with an AWD system, which will be combined with a locking centre differential. The crossover will be available with three driving modes- LOCK, AUTO and 2WD; the same AWD system is available in Duster SUV.