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Renault Kaptur Spotted in Flesh with Duster

Snapshot: The Kaptur, specifically designed for emerging markets like Russia & India, is based on Renault Duster's M0 architecture.

Renault Kaptur has been spotted in flesh alongside the Duster compact SUV in Russia at eve of media drive. The Kaptur, specifically designed for emerging markets like Russia & India, is based on Renault Duster's M0 architecture. It is the affordable version of Captur, which would be sold in several European markets. The Kaptur is expected to be launched in India by October 2017, as per media reports.

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Though, Kaptur is slightly bigger than Captur in terms of length as it measures 4333mm in length. The width and height are measured at 1813 mm and 1613 mm, respectively. It has a wheelbase of 2674mm, while the boot capacity is 387 litres. The boot capacity can be further increased to 1200 litres by folding the 60:40 split bench seats. Despite having the same exterior design as Kaptur, it would be cost-effective due to the Duster's M0 platform. Renault India is expected to localize it heavily at the company's Chennai plant to keep the pricing competitive. Recently, one unit of the Kaptur was imported in India in pre-production guise for testing purposes. The ground clearance of Renault Kaptur stands at 204mm.

Renault Kaptur would boast of 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. The French automaker might also offer an AMT variant and 4X4 variant in the Indian market at a later stage.

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