Prices of the Renault Kaptur crossover 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.
The French car manufacturer, Renault is ready to roll out a handful of new products and facelifts by the end of this year. While the Duster facelift will have its world debut in June, the all-new Kaptur crossover could be revealed in coming August followed by its launch in 2017 festive season. In Renault’s India product lineup, the Kaptur will be positioned as premium model that will sit above the Duster. Reports suggest that the new Renault crossover, similar to its European model, could be named – Renault Captur. However, no official word has been made on the same. While the Europe-spec version is designed on the Clio’s platform, the India-bound model will use the Duster’s MO platform. Proportionally, it will be longer and wider than its European cousin. The Renault Kaptur has a contemporary appeal with features like V-shaped front grille, signature badge, pronounced wheel arches and sporty rear design.
The premium feel and appeal will continue inside the cabin as well. Attributes such as soft touch materials, better quality plastics and a range of high-tech features will enhance the comfort and convenience levels of the car. Similar to the Duster, the Kaptur will come with 5-seats configuration with decent cabin space for occupants. The crossover will also be quite impressive on the safety front. The India-bound Kaptur, recently, achieved 4 star safety rating for adult occupant protection in the Latin NCAP crash test. The safety assessment body tested the standard version of the car that comes fitted with four airbags, electronic stability control, ISOFIX system and seat belts with pretensioners. However, there is no clarity whether the India-spec version will receive these safety fitments (as standard) or not. Picture Gallery – Renault Captur Exterior & Interior Images
Engine setup for the all-new Renault Kaptur will be sourced from the Duster. The crossover might come with the 1.5-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engines generating 105bhp and 108bhp respectively. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed CVT and an AMT gearbox. The vehicle will have option for front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) system. The latter one will come with locking differential and three driving modes – Lock, AUTO and 2WD.
– Modern looks with good road presence
– Renault’s powerful yet fuel efficient engines
– Feature loaded cabin
– AWD system
– 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|
Designed on the Duster’s MO platform, the Kaptur is being localised at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s production facility in India. This will help the French carmaker achieve competitive pricing. Since the new Renault crossover will be more premium than the Duster, it will more expensive than its younger sibling. We expect it to come within the price tag of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom). Photo Gallery: Upcoming Renault Cars in India
The all-new Renault Kaptur will have its India debut sometime in coming August, claims a new report. However, no official announcement has been made on the same. Renault India has already confirmed that it will introduce a new crossover towards the end of this year. Exact launch date of the car is yet to be announced, it is expected to be launched during 2017 festive season (around October or November).
The premium crossover will share its engine lineup with the Duster that means it will come with both petrol and diesel options. While the petrol version is estimated to return a mileage between 13-15kmpl, the oil burner could deliver around 19-20kmpl. Read: New Renault Duster – Launch & Other Details
|Diesel||1.5-litre K9K, 108bhp|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual, AMT & Automatic CVT|
Besides sharing platform, the Kaptur could also use the same set of engines offered on the Duster compact SUV. Power for the petrol version of the crossover will come from a 1.5-litre H4K motor, which is already used in the Duster. This engine is essentially a downsize version of the 1.6L unit, which is also being used in the Scala. On the Scala, this gasoline unit churns out a maximum power output of 104.5bhp at 5,600rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. A 5-speed manual gearbox driving the power to front wheels will be offered as standard, while a 6-speed CVT stepless gearbox is likely to come as optional.
On the other hand, the oil burner will be the same 1.5-litre K9K unit tuned to generate two power outputs – 84bhp and 108bhp – on the Duster. The Kaptur will have its more powerful version producing 108bhp of power against 245Nm of torque. The French automaker has already confirmed that the crossover will come with an AWD system with locking differential and three driving modes – Lock, AUTO and 2WD. The transmission options for diesel model are likely to include a 6-speed manual unit and an AMT unit. Read: Renault Kwid Racer Edition – What To Expect
The Kaptur crossover shares most of its styling elements from its European sibling; however, the company has made some changes to keep things fresh in the market. The front face looks aggressive with features like large grille, sporty bumper and C-shaped LED daytime running lamps. The big bumper has a wider air-dam, a skid plate and chromed fog-lamp housing with DRLs.
The side profile gives you a feel of MPV, but the sloping roofline and blacked-out treatment to C-pillar gives it a sporty look. The flared wheeel arches are likely to be fitted to 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a strong shoulder line that runs across the length and merges into the tail. Other design highlights include strong beltline, outside rear view mirrors 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)|
The Kaptur in India will have similar dimensions to the model sold in the Russian market. It measures 4,333mm in length, 1,813mm in width and 1,613mm in height. The long 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 that should help the car to tackle Indian roads.
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.