Renault has commenced the production of its Kaptur SUV at its Moscow facility in Russia. Several global manufacturing facilities will receive help in local Kaptur production from Renault Russia. The French-based manufacturer has chosen Russia owing to its role in development.
The Kaptur SUV will be coming to Indian shores as well and will be placed above the Duster compact SUV model. Several components on the Kaptur could be shared with the Duster to keep costs in check. Renault is developing the Kaptur exclusively for emerging markets.
All-new Kaptur SUV is most likely to be launched in India by 2017. Once launched the Kaptur will compete with the likes of Hyundai Tuscon and Mahindra XUV5OO models. We expect the Renault Kaptur to be priced within the range of Rs. 17 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh ex-showroom.
So far, Renault has not confirmed the powertrains that will do duty in the Kaptur. We expect the SUV will be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, which will be borrowed from the Duster. An optional 2.0-litre diesel engine will also be on offer. Renault will also provide manual and automatic transmissions.