French automaker Renault may still not have talked about the launch of its crossover, the Kaptur, in India, but indications are clear that the work on the model is progressing at a rapid pace as the company is at a stage of its portfolio development in India.
The new Renault Kaptur is becoming a regular fixture in the auto world, with the carmaker starting to test the model on Indian roads. The latest is a set of images of the Kaptur that have been caught on camera while undergoing testing in Chennai. The test mule of the Kaptur is still hiding under camouflage, thus not revealing the key details.
The Kaptur that will make its way to the Indian market would be the one that was first showcased in Russia. Renault also sells Captur in Europe with a different spelling, but a similar-sounding name.
While it is too early to comment on the specifications and details of the India-spec Kaptur, rumour has it that the model would be priced at around Rs. 10 lakh. The India-bound Kaptur is built on the same platform as the Duster SUV, while the Captur in Europe is based on the Clio platform.
As far as the powertrain of the Kaptur goes, in India, the crossover is likely to get Renault Duster's 1.5-litre H4K petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options. The 1.5-litre direct injection, common-rail diesel version is expected to churn out 84bhp of power at 3,750 and 200Nm at 1,750rpm, while the petrol mill is likely to churn out 105bhp and 142Nm of torque. The transmission is expected to be handled by a six-speed manual and a six-speed Easy-R AMT gearbox that is borrowed from its sibling, the Duster.
In terms of dimensions, the Kaptur measures 4,333mm in length, 1,813mm in width and 1,613mm in height, and has a 2,674mm wheelbase. It is likely to house features such as touchscreen infotainment system, three-spoke multi-steering wheel and digital-analogue instrument cluster
To be positioned above the Duster in India, the Kaptur is likely to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta. Renault is expected to launch the Kaptur in India in the third quarter, during the Diwali season.
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