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 Kaptur will be the next model from French carmaker to join its SUV line-up in India. Gearing up for festive season launch this year, Kaptur will sit above 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. Renault lately revealed the global model, while it hasn’t officially revealed any detail about the India bound Kaptur. In India, the SUV will be manufactured at Renault-Nissan’s manufacturing unit in Chennai, implicating heavy localisation which will help pricing Kaptur competitively.
Besides, Renault Kaptur will use the same MO platform that underpins Renault Duster which will further aide cost cutting. It is expected that chassis will receive subtle tweaks, which means both the models will have almost similar proportions with insignificant difference. Styling cues will be inspired by Clio-based Captur, sold in international markets. Renault will add new elements to make it more upmarket and chic compared to Duster.
Inside the cabin, Kaptur is likely to get five-seat layout unlike rivals in the segment that are available with seven seat configuration. And it will receive several connectivity features such as the MEDIA NAV system with 7-inch touch screen display among others. Upon its launch, the SUV will take on the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Tata Hexa, Hyundai Creta and Honda BR-V.
Renault is apparently looking at festive season launch for its new SUV. Though Renault is still tight lipped about the Kaptur launch plans, reports in media suggest that it may be out for retail October this year. Read: Renault Kwid- All You Need to Know
|Base Model||Rs 12 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 15 lakh|
Built on the MO platform, Kaptur will be more premium than Duster and will be positioned a rung above in Renault’s line-up. 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|
Renault has still kept the technical details under the wrap. Although, it is expected that Kaptur may share engine set up with Duster, deriving power from the 1.6-litre petrol unit and 1.5-litre K9K oil burner, good for 108bhp. Renault has confirmed that Kaptur 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 will also launch the crossover in Russia, where it will be offered 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 and styling cues will be inspired by the Clio-based Captur. Dimensionally, Kaptur will be slightly longer than Duster, but will be marginally shorter and narrower than its younger sibling. In terms of styling, it will be more upmarket than Duster with a wider front grille, new bumper and C-shaped LED DRLs giving face a bold look. Sitting on the 16 or 17 inch alloy wheels, the rear side will sport LED tail lamps and will have departure angles of 20 and 31 degrees respectively.
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.