7 things to know about the India bound Renault Kaptur


With Kwid recording a highest ever sale surge of 211% for Renault motors in April 2016 and registering highest ever monthly sales of Rs. 12, 972 units in August 2016, the mood in the Renault camp is upbeat. And with Duster still going strong, the company is indeed hopeful of a long innings in India. And guess what? The French carmaker has another ace up its sleeve in the form of a compact Crossover called Kaptur. Renault Kaptur, the all new urban crossover slated to be launched next year, looks flamboyant and glamorous and dares to challenge the likes of Honda BR-V, Hyundai Creta and Mahindra TUV300.

Renault Kaptur
Renault Kaptur

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Read on to find out seven interesting things about India bound Renault Kaptur:

The Family Lineage

Renault Moscow Plant
Renault Moscow Plant

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If you are thinking that you have heard the name Kaptur before, then you are right. Renault sells a car named Captur in Europe that looks quite similar to the India-bound Kaptur. The later also borrows some styling elements from the former. But the similarity ends right here. Captur is based on Clio’s platform while Kaptur shares its underpinnings with Duster. Moreover, Kaptur has been designed specifically for the developing nations. It will be manufactured at the company’s Moscow plant.

The Powertrain

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Kaptur might borrow engines form Captur and Duster

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While the company is tight-lipped about the engine specifications of the car, rumour has it that it would be powered by the company’s renowned 1.5-litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that would produce around 109 bhp of power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The petrol engine on duty is likely to be a 1.6-litre mill churning out 103 bhp of power along with 150 Nm of torque.

The car would host a conventional automatic gearbox unlike the AMT sported by Duster. The AMT automatic model will be announced sometime after this SUV is launched in India. The mileage is pegged at 13 kmpl for the petrol trims and 17 kmpl for the diesel trims.

Brilliantly Crafted

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Kaptur side profile

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The company has decided to build Kaptur on the versatile BO platform that also underpins Duster. This platform has achieved high levels of localisation in India and building Kaptur on the same will keep the costs in check. The car will pick some styling cues from Captur while new additions would include mesh-type honeycomb grille, C-shaped LED DRLs, LED tail lights, and re-modelled front bumper. Renault Kaptur will measure 4333 mm in length, 1613 mm in width and 1813 mm in height and will have a wheelbase of 2674 mm. The floating roof design and the blackened side pillars will add a sporty look to the car.

Peeping Inside

Renault Kaptur Interior
Renault Kaptur Interior

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Renault Kaptur interior bears striking resemblance to that of Captur. One can be assured that the car will have aesthetics and quality well in place. The digital instrument console of the car will look similar to that of Kwid.

Renault Kaptur interior, with its generous dimensions, will offer a comfortable seating arrangement for five. The company claims that it will offer the tallest driving position in the segment at 708mm. The boot space will also be quite large at 387 litres and by folding the 60/40 spilt rear seat, this area will expand to 1200 litres.

As far as safety features are concerned, one can expect 4 airbags, ABS and EBD as standard across all trims.

Features Galore

Renault Kaptur Interior
Renault Kaptur will be launched in India in 2017

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Bestowed with an array of smart features like push button engine ignition, Media Nav touch screen infotainment system with Bluetooth support, a navigation module, multi functional steering wheel, ventilated seats and rear aircon vents, Kaptur will be as premium from inside as it looks from outside. The top end trim will also host an automatic climate control system.

High On Performance

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Kaptur will offer a captivating performance

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Renault Kaptur promises an amazing performance on Indian roads with its high ground clearance of 204mm and approach and departure angles of 20 degrees and 31 degrees respectively. Compared to Captur, that offers a ground clearance of 170 mm, Kaptur will offer a smoother traverse over rough terrains. The car will be fitted with a toughened suspension to suit the Indian road conditions.

Renault Kaptur Price & Launch

Renault Kaptur Price
Renault Kaptur will be competitively priced

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Kaptur will sit above Duster in the company’s Indian portfolio. As discussed earlier, the localisation advantage will keep Renault Kaptur price competitive. Renault Kaptur price for the base model could fall between Rs 8 – 10 lakh while the top-of-the-line model could touch Rs. 13 lakh.

The carmaker has launched Kaptur in the Russian market and now it will be launched in emerging markets like Brazil and India. In Brazil, the car will be launched at the Sao Paulo Auto Show to be held in late 2016 and India launch is slated by late 2017.

Renault motors is tightening up its laces and leaving no stone unturned to continue its growth momentum in India. Apart from concentrating on delivering value products it is also substantially expanding its sales and service network in the country. Renault Kaptur comes across as an outstanding value proposition just like Kwid. It won’t be surprising if it ruins the party for rivals like Hyundai Creta and Honda BR-V.