Prices of the Renault Kaptur SUV might fall within the range of Rs. 12 lakh – Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom).
Based on the Duster platform, the Renault Kaptur is likely to be priced quite competitively against its rivals like Mahindra XUV500.
Renault, the French automaker will launch 1 new product in the Indian market every year. This year, the company will introduce the much-awaited Renault Kaptur crossover during festive season. The new product will be positioned above the Duster and will share underpinning with it. While the name ‘Kaptur’ seems similar to Renault’s international model Captur, the two hardly have anything in common. It will be locally developed at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s production facility in Chennai, which will help Renault to price Kaptur competitively.
Adding to it, the crossover is based on the Duster’s MO platform and this would further help Renault to price it aggressively. There could be slight alterations to the chassis to accommodate the crossover profile; however, both the models will have almost similar proportions with insignificant difference. The Kaptur’s design inspiration comes from the Clio-based Captur, which is currently on sale in the European markets. Renault will add new elements to make it more upmarket and chic compared to Duster.
Instead of a 7-seat model, the crossover will continue to feature the five-seat layout. The vehicle will be equipped with high-end features such as the MEDIA NAV system with 7-inch touchscreen display, automatic climate control, reverse parking camera, etc. Mechanics too will be shared with the Duster, which means a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine are likely to be on offer. Upon its launch, the SUV will take on the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Tata Hexa, Hyundai Creta and Honda BR-V.
In a bid to encash on the upcoming festive season (Diwali), Renault India is planning to introduce this crossover during September/October 2017. Though the French automaker is still tight lipped about the Kaptur launch plans, media reports suggest that it may be rolled out in October this year. Read: Renault Kwid- All You Need to Know
|Base Model||Rs 12 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 15 lakh|
Despite sharing platform with the Duster, the Kaptur will be more premium than the former. To be positioned above the Duster, the crossover will have premium cabin and high-end features. Taking into account the positioning and premium profile, it is expected that Renault Kaptur price will fall in the vicinity of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. In this price range, Kaptur will face competition from Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa. Read: Upcoming Renault Cars in India
|Diesel||1.5-litre K9K, 108bhp|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & Automatic|
Similar to the chassis, the new Kaptur will share the engine set up with the Duster. While the gasoline model will get a 1.6-litre K4M unit, the oil burner will be a 1.5-litre K9K unit. The petrol engine churns out a maximum power output of 103bhp and a peak torque of 148Nm. On the other hand, the diesel unit offers two states of tunes – 84bhp/200Nm and 108bhp/245Nm. However, the Kaptur will get the more powerful version of this engine. The company has already confirmed that the upcoming crossover will be available with an AWD system with locking centre differential. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual unit and an auto box.
Additionally, the AWD variant will come with three driving modes- LOCK AUTO and 2WD. Renault has already launched this crossover in Russia, where it is available with 143bhp, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder and 114bhp, 1.6-litre petrol units.
As we mentioned above, Renault is yet to reveal the engine details for the Kaptur crossover, hence it will be a bit pre-mature to comment on the fuel economy. But if it comes with the Duster engine line-up, the petrol version might return between 13-15kmpl as against the 19-20kmpl for the diesel version. Read More About – Renault Kwid 1000cc & AMT Variants
New bumper with C-shaped LED DRLs
New alloy wheels design
Longer rear overhang
Touchscreen Infotainment System
Automatic Climate Control
60:40 Split Fold Rear Seat
Vehicle Stability Control
Hill Start Assist
ABS with EBD & Brake Assist
Engine Start-Stop System
Rain Sensing Wipers
|Boot space||387-litres (expandable up to 1,200-lires)|
Since Renault will make minimal changes to the chassis, Kaptur is expected to boast similar dimensions as Duster. It will measure 4,333mm long, 1,813mm wide and 1,613mm high. The 2,674mm long wheelbase infers a spacious cabin for comfortable room for occupants. And the ground clearance will be around 204mm. Stacked up against its smaller sibling Duster, the new crossover will be 18mm longer, 9mm narrower and 12mm shorter.
Expected to be priced between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, Renault Kaptur will field against Mahindra XUV500, Tata Hexa, Honda BR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Design inspiration for the Kaptur comes from the Clio-based Captur crossover, which is already on sale in European markets. Featuring a crossover-ish profile, the Kaptur looks more modern and sportier. It will be slightly longer than Duster, but will be marginally shorter and narrower than its younger sibling. This 5-seater model features an aggressive front fascia with a wider grille, aggressive bumper and C-shaped LED daytime running lamps. At the back, the car will have LED tail-lamps and will have an approach and departure angles of 20 and 31 degrees respectively. The flared wheel arches of the crossover will be fitted to either 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels. Renault might also offer dual-tone exterior paint options along with several customisation options. Also Read: New Renault Duster (7-Seater) Coming Soon to India
Inside, it will be spacious, packed with plethora of in-cabin tech such as the MEDIA NAV system with 7-inch touchscreen display, radio, Bluetooth connectivity, digital speedometer, keyless entry with start/stop ignition, cruise control and automatic climate control.
In addition to the aforementioned equipment, the Russia-spec model also offers remote engine start system, heated front seats and heated windscreen. With a ride height of 708mm Renault claims Kaptur offers the tallest driving position in the segment.
Being a more upmarket product than the Duster, the upcoming Renault Kaptur is likely to be priced a notch higher. This will also make it a direct rival to the Mahindra XUV500.