Renault has taken the wraps off the new India-bound Kaptur four-wheel-drive SUV in Moscow on March 30, 2016. Renault Kaptur is one of the 10 new models that Groupe Renault’s President and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced for this year as the company continues to expand outside of Europe, notably in emerging markets like Russia and India. The Kaptur, which will go on sale from June 2016 in the Russian market, would be manufactured at Renault’s Moscow plant.
The Kaptur's exterior styling has been based on Renault’s six-petal flower strategy which symbolises the human life cycle. “To design Renault KAPTUR, we have mixed the best of Renault’s eye-catching design with a specific attention to Russian needs for off-road abilities, travelling comfort and versatility,” said Laurens van den Acker, Corporate Design, Vice President, Groupe Renault, at the model’s presentation in Moscow on March 30, 2016. Just so you know, the French automaker has no plans for this vehicle to be sold in European markets. The India launch could happen by the mid of 2017, while positioned below the Duster.
The front end features Renault’s new styling cues, including a bold Renault logo set against a gloss black background. The wide upper section of the distinctive grille features a new honeycomb mesh pattern, while the broad lower part of the bumper visually widens the car. The sculpted forms of the bonnet and door inserts are other bold crossover cues that express strength. As at the front, a key feature at the rear is the C-shaped lighting signature of the 3D-effect LED taillights. The Kaptur measures 4,333mm in length, 1,813mm in width, and 1,613mm in height, while coming with a wheelbase of 2,674mm. Moreover, the SUV has a record ground clearance of 204mm. Renault has also developed a unique set of customisation options for the SUV as well.
Inside the cabin, there is a bench seat at the rear, which comfortably accommodates three adults. The Kaptur has a boot capacity of 387 litres and carrying capacity increases to 1,200 litres with the 60/40-split bench in the fully-folded position. Renault Kaptur comes with modern features such as keyless entry, ignition and locking for all versions. The SUV is also on offer with the 7-inch MEDIA NAV touchscreen infotainment system with radio and Bluetooth® connectivity for audio streaming and hands-free use of mobile phones. The company hasn't revealed the engine options yet, but repeatedly highlighted that it would be an all-terrain 4x4 crossover and would boast of features like Remote Engine Start system, heated front seats and a heated windscreen.