The all new Renault Kaptur has been spied testing in India and will be launched sometime late next year. It will be powered by the 1.5-litre diesel engine.
Renault is aiming the Kaptur mostly for emerging markets. In India, the Kaptur will be placed as a premium offering above the current Renault Duster though they will be using the same platform. Though the platform remains similar to the Duster, the Renault Kaptur will be designed along the lines of Renault’s smaller crossover, the Captur mainly to achieve a balance between its cost and its appeal.
The Kaptur will be competing directly with the likes of the Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta and the Honda BR-V in the Indian market. The car will be manufactured at the Renault India’s Chennai plant. The Renault Kaptur will get a slightly more powerful 1.5-litre diesel engine as compared to the current Duster. The transmission on the car will be in the form of either a 5-speed or 6-speed manual, with the automatic transmission as an option.
The Renault Kaptur has been showcased on many occasions on multiple Auto Expos around thee world, while already being on sale in Russia and Brazil, both of which are offered in Left-hand drive arrangement. The India-bound Kaptur will be right-hand drive, with the spy images being among the first few of the lot featuring the crossover in this right-hand drive arrangement. The testing of the car has begun and the launch is expected to be in the later part of 2017.
The French car maker has not yet revealed any news regarding the launch dates for the car, but there are speculations of its launch to be sometime during the last quarter of 2017. The Renault Kaptur is expected to be in the same price bracket as its competition of around Rs. 12 – 15 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom).
Source – Autocar India