The new Crossover SUV from Renault, Renault Captur has been spied testing on the roads of Chennai again, this time courtesy Motor Vikatan. The new SUV from the French manufacturer which goes by the spelling ‘Kaptur’ in some markets like Russia is expected to arrive in India this year.
The Renault Kaptur is based on the Renault / Dacia Duster’s B0 platform which the even famous Logan is based on. The model sold is Russia is a five-seater crossover and has 4333 mm length, 1813 mm width, 1613 mm in height, 2673 mm wheelbase as its key assets. The ground clearance is a highly competitive one in the Indian market and measures at 205 mm which should be ample enough for tackling Indian roads.
While the Renault Kaptur sold internationally has multiple petrol only and petrol-ethanol engine options, the India spec Renault Captur is expected to be launched with the updated 1.5 litre petrol engine which has been launched in the India spec Duster recently along with the familiar 1.5 litre K9K diesel engine. The petrol engine is good for 106 PS of power at 5600 rpm, and 142 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. A CVT variant of the model can also be expected to be on offer.
The 1.5 litre K9K diesel which is now considered as the second ‘national engine of India’ after the Fiat’s 1.3 L Multijet, for doing its duty in multiple offerings is also expected to be under the hood of the new Captur in, again familiar, two state of tunes; 85 PS power, 200 Nm torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and 110 PS power, 245 Nm torque mated to a 6-speed manual.
The spy pics do indicate that the India spec Renault Captur will come with projector headlamps, C shaped LED DRLs and 17-inch alloy wheels atleast for the top-spec variant. Features like LED tail lights, rear spoiler, dual tone interior color scheme, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, reverse parking camera aid, cruise control and automatic climatronic control can also be expected in this crossover.
Since, Renault’s Indian models do not fare well when it comes to safety, expect the Renault Captur to be launched with dual airbags as standard along with ABS and EBD. This is the least that Renault could do to change the market’s perception. Since this is a more premium offering from the French manufacturer’s stable, it may also add some structural reinforcements to increase the safety quotient.
The Renault Captur is expected to go on sale around the festive season in November and should start at INR 10 lakhs for the base variant.
[courtesy – MotorVikatan]