Renault India will launch its SUV Kaptur within 12 months from now. There were some rumours suggesting that the model will be a three-row 7-seat SUV, but according to the reports of Indian Autos Blog; it will remain a 5-seat SUV.
A person close to the company said, "The Kaptur will be a 5-seat offering. However, the positioning will be above the Renault Duster.
"We will offer customers the option of a more premium alternative to the Duster, and in future, we will reduce Duster prices by a bit."
Powering the Kaptur SUV will be a 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine - the same unit used in Renault Duster. The powerplant will develop 110bhp of power and 245Nm of torque.
The diesel motor will be mated to either 6-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. Also, we expect Renault to use its EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox instead of opting low-cost automated manual transmission(AMT).
The vehicle is codenamed as ‘HHA' and like its sibling, the Kaptur will also have 2WD and 4WD options.
The exterior visual characteristics will resemble the European-spec Renault Captur. But the Indian model is based on the same BO platform as the Duster.
The top-end Duster model costs about Rs 14.8 lakhs, ex-showroom (Mumbai). When the Kaptur is launched, Renault will slightly reduce the prices of the Duster variants. The Kaptur SUV is likely to be priced at around Rs 16 lakhs, ex-showroom.