It is no secret that Renault India will launch the Renault Kaptur next calendar year, however, as many publications including Indian Autos Blog have reported in the past, the Kaptur will not be a three-row 7-seat SUV; it will remain a 5-seat SUV, a person in the know confirmed to Indian Autos Blog.
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.
The person confirmed that the Kaptur will be powered by the 1.5-liter dCi four-cylinder diesel engine doing duty on the Renault Duster. It will likely offer 110 PS and 245 Nm of torque, and will be paired to 6-speed manual and automatic gearboxes. Renault could use its EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox instead of the low-cost automated manual transmission (AMT) which is available on the Duster, in a bid to offer buyers a better drive experience.
Like the Duster, the Renault Kaptur for India, codenamed ‘HHA’, would offer 2WD and 4WD options. The exterior will resemble the European-spec Renault Captur, but underneath, it is based on the same B0 platform as the Renault Duster.
The current Duster 4×4 RxZ tops out at INR 14.8 lakhs, ex-Showroom, Mumbai. Once the Kaptur is launched, prices of the Duster will be reduced by a small margin, though prices of the Kaptur are expected to extend until INR 15-16 lakhs, ex-Showroom.
When asked, a Renault India spokesperson told Indian Autos Blog that the company does not comment on future plans and products.