Renault, a popular French automaker is gearing up for the arrival of highly awaited Kaptur crossover in India which is speculated to hit Indian market by the last quarter of 2017. Already on sale in the international markets such as Russia and Brazil, the India-bound Kaptur has been snapped on Indian roads while testing. The company has confirmed that the forthcoming Kaptur will sport a 5-seater layout rather than 7-seater configuration. Also Read: Tata Tiago vs Renault Kwid: Popularity contest vs Design
To be positioned above Duster SUV, the upcoming Kaptur will be based on MO platform which is also the base for Duster SUV. Dimensionally, the new upcoming Kaptur will measure 4333mm in length, 1813mm in width, 1613m in height along with wheelbase of 2674mm and ground clearance of 204mm. The Kaptur will be manufactured at company’s facility in Chennai and will share the engine specs with its SUV sibling. The petrol unit will carry a 1.6-litre petrol mill whereas the diesel unit will be equipped with a 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine. The transmission functionalities will be carried out by 5-speed manual and AMT unit.
Moreover, the carmaker is also retailing Captur crossover in the European market that is based on Clio platform which is slightly smaller than the Kaptur. The upcoming Kaptur is expected to be longer, narrower and shorter than Duster by 18mm, 9mm and 12mm respectively. It comes with a boot space of 387 litres which can be increased by folding up the rear seats to 1200-litres. Also Read: Nissan India increases its footprint by opening up third dealership in Himachal Pradesh
Feature-wise, the Renault Kaptur is expected to sport feature rich cabin which might include touchscreen Infotainment System, automatic climate control, 60:40 split seat at the rear, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, Brake Assist, engine start-stop system and much more.
However, there is no official confirmation from the company regarding the exact date of arrival but it is expected to be seen on Indian showrooms during the festive period of 2017. Likely to be priced in the range of INR 12 – 15 lakh (ex-showroom), the Kaptur will take on the rivals such as Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta, Honda BR-V and the likes.