Renault has gained a significant market share with the success of Kwid and Duster in India. The French company is now bracing for another mega launch in the Indian market — the Kaptur. This crossover is being tested on the Indian roads. Here are ten things that you don’t about the upcoming car.
The Kaptur is coming, not the Captur…
Seen above: Renault Captur
While there has been a lot of confusion about the use of “C” and “K” in the name, Captur and Kaptur are fundamentally different cars. The Captur is targeted at more developed, European markets while the Kaptur only sells in developing markets like Brazil, Russia and soon, India.
Both the cars share almost the same design elements, but the Kaptur is bigger. The Captur measures 4,122mm X 1,778mm X 1,566mm. It has a wheelbase of 2,606mm. The Kaptur, on the other hand, measures 4,333mm X 1,813 mm X 1,613 mm. It has a wheelbase of 2,674mm. Kaptur has a ground clearance of 204 mm while the Captur clears only 170 mm.
The interior of both the vehicles look same, but the Captur gets advanced R-Link infotainment system while the Kaptur comes with Media NAV infotainment system.
Seen above: Renault Kaptur
Seven seats for India
According to AutoCar India Renault offers a 5-seat option in the Kaptur for all the international markets. However, for India, the car will get an extra row of seats that will take the count from five seats to seven. The Kaptur will take on the likes of Mahindra XUV and Tata Hexa, which offer 7-seats. An extra row of seats will also help Renault India distinguish clearly between the Duster and the Kaptur.
Only a nudge longer than Duster
The Kaptur is based on the same M0 platform that also underpins the Duster in the market. However, the Kaptur is only 18 mm longer than the Duster. The Duster measures 4,315 mm and the Kaptur measures 4,333 mm. Renault will utilize the extra 18 mm space to make it a 7-seater. The sharing of the platform will also help Renault to keep the price competitive as it has already achieved high-level of localisation for the M0 platform.
Same engines, but more power
In Russia, the Kaptur gets two petrol engines — 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre. However, for the Indian market, Renault will power the Kaptur with the same engines that are used in Duster. The Kaptur will get 1.6-litre petrol engine and 1.5-litre K9K diesel burner. However, the power and torque figures will be upgraded in the engines used in Kaptur.
Renault will add a host of customisation options for the Kaptur, similar to what Maruti did for Vitara Brezza and Ignis. The vehicle will get various customisation options like roof decals, side mouldings, tailgate mounted accessories, grille highlight and more. Renault also offers similar options with the Kwid in India.