Renault unveiled the Kaptur SUV on March 30, 2016 in Russia and announced that it would go on sale from June 2016 in several emerging markets including India. Now, import-export website Zauba has revealed that the French automaker has imported one unit of Kaptur (codenamed HHA) in pre-production guise from Russia for testing purpose. It was earlier learnt that Renault Kaptur would go on sale in India from October 2017, while being locally produced at the company's Chennai plant.
Renault Kaptur's exterior appearance is identical to the Euro-spec Captur, except for a few subtle changes. Being based on the Duster's M0 platform, the Kaptur is larger than its European sibling Captur. For those asking, the Duster's M0 platform has high level of localization in India, and hence pricing the Kaptur aggressively in the country upon launch won't be a tough task for Renault. It measures 4333mm in length, 1813mm in width and 1613mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2674mm and boot capacity of 387-litres, which can be further extended to 1200 litres by folding the rear seats. The Kaptur SUV has a ground clearance of 204mm, which further makes it adaptble to the Indian market.
As for features, Renault Kaptur is expected to carry a few premium features such as keyless entry, Remote Engine Start system, heated front seats, and 7-inch MEDIA NAV touchscreen infotainment system with radio and Bluetooth® connectivity for audio streaming and hands-free use of mobile phones. Mechanically, it is offered with two petrol engines - a 1.6L engine with 114bhp and 2.0L engine with 143bhp - for the Russian market. As far as the India-spec model is concerned, it is likely to be introduced with Duster's 1.6L petrol engine and 110bhp 1.5L K9K diesel engine. It would be an all-wheel-drive vehicle, which the company has repeatedly highlighted.