Renault's Kaptur to Storm Indian Markets in Late 2017
BENGALURU: French Car maker Renault has officially announced its plans to launch a new crossover based on the Duster platform in India in October 2017. Dubbed ‘Kaptur’, the 5-seater car which was revealed few days back is designed and developed eyeing emerging markets including India and Russia.
Incidentally, the Kaptur’s sibling ‘Captur’ is already being sold in certain international circuits. Unlike Kaptur, the Captur is based on the lines of the popular Clio model rather than the Duster. Even though Kaptur’s overall design is similar to that of Captur’s, there are certain small but significant differences between the two. Dimensionally, Kaptur is more spacious and larger than Captur in terms of both length and width. It also has larger ground clearance ability than the Captur. Apart from these major differences Kaptur, unlike its sibling, comes with a honeycomb mesh pattern grill and revamped bumpers with lodge c-shaped LED DRLs.
The automobile maker promises to thrill with this sleekly designed body that has larger quarter glass and LED tail lamps. This 1.5-litre diesel engine model goes further in its technological aspect by giving transmission choices that includes five- and six-speed manuals and a six-speed AMT Easy-R single-clutch automatic.
Talking about features, the car’s flared wheel arches have been fitted to 16-inch alloy wheels with the top-end variants getting 17-inch alloys. Further, it will accommodate a MEDIA NAV infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, 60:40 split rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats and Engine Start/Stop system. The boot comes with a large luggage capacity of 387-litres, which can be further increased to 1200-litres by folding the rear seats. Renault is also weighing the option of a four-wheel-drive version for the Russian market.
The Renault Kaptur will be manufactured at the company's Moscow plant and is scheduled to be launched in Russia around mid-July. If reports are to be believed, the crossover will be unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in November. In India, the vehicle is expected to hit the market towards the end of 2017.