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 the much-awaited Renault Kaptur SUV in India during the festive season this year. To be slotted above Duster in Renault’s Indian line-up, the crossover will aim at buyers seeking a spacious UV with contemporary styling. As a reminder, the Kaptur was unveiled last year and is currently on sale in the Russian market. If reports are to be believed, the India-spec model could be called Renault Captur (European Nameplate).
Compared to the European model, the India-bound model will receive some styling changes and could be spelled differently as in ‘Kaptur’. This model will be larger in size, measuring longer and wider than its European cousin. While the European model is based on Clio platform, the crossover coming to India will share underpinnings and mechanicals with Duster. Adding to it, Renault will also offer customisation options to buyers. Some of the features to be on offer will include a 7-inch MEDIANAV system, automatic climate control, a large MID, 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel and others.
Modern looks with good road presence
Renault’s powerful yet fuel efficient engines
Feature loaded cabin
Safety on priority
No SUV-ish profile
Cabin can only accommodate 5-adults/ No 7-seat configuration on offer
Likely to be expensive
|Base Model||Rs 12 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 15 lakh|
The India-spec model will be based on the Duster’s MO platform, which is already developed at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s production facility in India. This would not only help the French automaker to customize Kaptur for the Indian market, but it will save it on the overall cost. To be slotted above Duster, the new crossover could be priced between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. Read: Upcoming Renault Cars in India
The company has already confirmed that the Kaptur will be launched in India towards the end of this year. We expect this crossover will go on sale during festive season (around September/October).
The premium crossover will come in petrol and diesel guises. While the petrol version is likely to return around 13-15kmpl, the oil burner could deliver around 19-20kmpl. Read More About – Renault Kwid 1000cc & AMT Variants
|Diesel||1.5-litre K9K, 108bhp|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual, AMT & Automatic CVT|
It will not only share underpinnings with Duster but Renault could also use the same set of engines as on its smaller sibling. The gasoline version of the crossover will be powered by a 1.5-litre H4K unit, which is basically a downsize version of the 1.6L unit. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 104.5bhp at 5,600rpm against 142Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox driving the power to front wheels will come as standard, while a 6-speed CVT stepless gearbox could be offered as optional.
The diesel model, on the other hand, will get the 1.5-litre K9K unit that offers two states of tunes – 84bhp and 108bhp – on Duster. However, the Kaptur is likely to get the 108bhp/245Nm version. The French automaker has confirmed that the SUV will come with an AWD system with locking centre differential and three driving modes – Lock, AUTO and 2WD. The transmission options are likely to include a six-speed manual unit and an AMT unit. Also See – Renault Captur Picture Gallery
The Kaptur crossover shares most of its styling cues from its European sibling. The front profile of the car will be aggressive featuring elements like large grille, sporty bumper and C-shaped LED daytime running lamps. The big bumper features a wider grille, a skid plate and chromed fog-lamp housing with DRLs.
The side profile offers a MPV-ish profile, but the sloping roofline and blacked-out treatment to C-pillar gives it a sporty look. The flared wheel arches are likely to be fitted to 16 -or- 17-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include strong beltline, ORVMs with integrated blinkers and roof-rails. Read – Renault Kwid Climber Price, Pics & Details
Rear end will be equally assertive sporting LED taillights and approach & departure angles of 20 and 31 degrees respectively. For a sportier look, Renault could offer dual-tone exterior paint options along with customized add-on.
|Boot space||387-litres (expandable up to 1,200-lires)|
Dimensionally, Kaptur will be identical to the model sold in the Russian market. It measures 4,333mm, 1,813mm and 1,613mm in length, width and height respectively. The wheelbase of 2,673mm hints at a spacious cabin. With a ride height of 708mm, Kaptur is claimed to offer tallest driving position in the segment. Adding to it, the crossover will have a ground clearance of 204mm.
With a long wheelbase and larger dimensions than Duster, the five-seat interior will offer comfortable space to the occupants. The top-end models will get leather seats, while the low-end models will feature good quality fabric upholstery. Thanks to long wheelbase, the Kaptur will have impressive legroom, kneeroom and headroom space for both front and rear occupants.
Not just spacious cabin, the Kaptur will also have several cubby holes to keep your belongings. The crossover also gets keyless entry with start/stop ignition system and cruise control. Adding to it, the rear seats can be folded down to increase the boot space to 1,200-litres from 387-litres.
The new Kaptur will share its infotainment system with the Duster SUV. It will get MEDIA NAV system with 7-inch touchscreen display that will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also work as a display for the rear parking camera. The system also has radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AUX function.
Renault will pack a raft of goodies including MEDIA NAV system with 7-inch touchscreen display, radio, Bluetooth connectivity, digital speedometer, keyless entry with start/stop ignition, cruise controls, a large MID, 3-spoke multifunctional steering and automatic climate control. It is expected to feature dual-tone black and ivory dashboard, seat upholstery and door cars akin to its Brazil-spec model.
This crossover comes with 60:40 split fold rear seat.With all-seats in position, the Kaptur offers a luggage space of 387-litres. The boot space can be extended up to 1,200-litres by folding the rear seat.
This crossover will be equipped with several high-end safety and security features. The range-topping models will get vehicle stability control, hill start assist, rain sensing wipers, reverse parking camera, dual front airbags (standard), ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) and brake assist.
To be launched as a premium alternative to Duster, the upcoming Kaptur will face stiff competition from the likes of Mahindra XUV500 & Hyundai Creta. The crossover is expected to cost between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, which also makes it a rival to Tata Hexa 7-seater SUV. With loaded features, upmarket looks and efficient powertrains, the Kaptur could be a viable alternative to the likes of XUV500 and Creta.
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.