Renault Kaptur – We answer all questions about it!
Renault has been an automaker that is continuously revolutionising a diverse range of segments in the Indian market. While the automaker entered the country through a partnership with Mahindra, it later parted ways with the Indian conglomerate and stepped into the industry on its own with the Fluence and Koleos. Though both these cars didn’t do great for the company, Renault managed to hold on to its ground firmly. Then came the Duster, a car that is often termed to be responsible for the love of crossovers imbibed in the Indian customers’ mind.
While the Duster brought in the much needed popularity to the Renault brand, the Kwid made the company a household name as it offered entry-level car buyers an option to get tasteful styling and segment-first features. Having established itself as a prominent player of the industry, Renault is currently the seventh largest car maker in India by volume, and is ahead of companies like Ford, Volkswagen and Chevrolet, which have been present in India for a much longer duration. Now, the folks at Renault are all set to introduce yet another offering in the country – the Renault Kaptur.
What is the Renault Kaptur all about? Can it revolutionise yet another segment in the Indian market? Which cars will it compete against? We try to answer all questions that are currently doing rounds around the Kaptur.
How big is the Renault Kaptur?
In the crossover segment, size is a very important parameter. There are a wide range of crossovers in the country, which have been divided into different categories based on the size: micro crossovers, compact crossovers, etc. In order to understand the upcoming Renault Kaptur’s size, you need to know that it will be based on the same platform which underpins the Duster. As a result, dimensions of the Kaptur will be nearly the same as the Duster, save for a few cm of addition in the length and width.
What will be the engine options on offer?
The Kaptur we will be getting in India is expected to be similar in design to the Russia-spec model. While the Kaptur in Russia is offered with two petrol engine options – 1.6L and 2.0L, Renault will likely be offering the India-spec model with the 1.5-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol options that are currently available with the Duster. However, the engine block will be tuned to deliver better output figures than the Duster’s current rating.
5-seater or 7-seater?
Another important parameter that customers use to decide which crossover to buy is its seating capacity. While the crossover craze began with 5-seater models like the Duster, EcoSport and Creta, we have been seeing a host of new launches in the 7-seater crossover segment. Renault appears to have studied this trend and thus the new Kaptur in India will be available as a 7-seater crossover.
What will be the price?
The Kaptur is expected to be placed a couple of lakhs over the Renault Duster. As a result, we expect it to be priced in the range of Rs 13 lakh to Rs. 16 lakh. It will thus be competing against the likes of the Mahindra XUV500 and the recently launched Tata Hexa.
While Renault hasn’t mentioned any official details about the Kaptur’s India launch date, specifications or feature on offer, most information will surface in the coming few months. The Kaptur is expected to be officially launched in India by the end of this year.
While the Kaptur doesn’t really appear to have some apparent USP, it will be interesting to see how a slightly premium offering from Renault performs in the segment.