The French car maker surprised as in 2011 launching a compact SUV, the Duster in India. Renault Duster was a runaway success since its launch. The Duster also gave birth to a new segment in India, the popular compact SUV segment. However, Renault couldn’t replicate that success with their Koleos positioned in the premium SUV segment above the Duster. Renault is trying a comeback for an SUV above the popular Duster with the Kaptur.
K-aptur and C-aptur
The name and overall styling may have resemblances to the car sold by Renault in the European market, the Clio-based Renault Captur. However, this car shares the platform and underpinnings of the popular Renault Duster. The European Captur and the India bound Kaptur shares many common design cues. However, the Kaptur has a more aggressive and taller stance than the European Captur. Also, the Kaptur is wider and longer than the European Captur. To put in terms of dimensions, Kaptur is 211 mm longer, 35 mm wider and 47 mm taller than the Captur. Also, Renault gave a C-shaped LED signature lights on both sides and reworked grille and lower part of the front bumper.
The BO platform of Renault Duster is a highly localized platform in India, which will help the Renault to keep the cost of production under check and eventually will allow the car to be marketed at competitive prices in the Indian market.
Renault is yet to reveal the technical specifications of the India-bound Kaptur. We expect the Kaptur to come with the Duster’s popular 1.5 Liter K9K diesel motor. Renault may tweak the engine to improve the power output.
The car will be competing against the likes of Skoda Yeti and the upcoming Tucson from Hyundai. Considering high levels of localization and parts sharing with the Duster, Renault is expected to position the Kaptur considerably lower than the competition. Also, Renault will try to market the Duster as a natural upgrade for the Duster/ Terrano owners.
The car is expected to be launched in India in the first half of the calendar year 2017.