Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Renault | posted March 31, 2016 11:37
Russia-exclusive Renault Kaptur makes world debut
Renault has broadened its lineup of crossovers after officially unveiling the Kaptur in Moscow. Billed as a new model exclusive to the Russian market, the four-wheel drive (4WD) crossover is one of the ten new models that the company expects to expand their market share in the country.
Essentially a longer, wider and taller Captur, the Kaptur differentiates itself from the former with a more rugged finish and slightly altered exterior finish according to Renault. It gets Renault's new design philosophy, with the front fascia getting a minor redesign. The brand's logo now sits in front of a black gloss grill while the bumper gets new C-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs) and slim foglights. Also getting minor tweaks is the car's headlights that feature updated projectors.
Over to the side, one can see that the Kaptur does have a higher ground clearance and longer luggage area. Also present are the new large alloy wheels. The rear section gets C-shaped LED taillights, diffuser-integrated bumper and a new exhaust pipe.
In terms of size, the Kaptur measures 4,333mm long, 1,813mm wide, 1,631mm tall and has a 2,674mm wheelbase. Compared to the Captur, the new crossover is 211mm longer, 35mm wider, and 46mm taller. The wheelbase, on the other hand has been stretched by 68mm.
Stepping inside, Renault claimed it has a stylish and occupant-friendly cabin that can be customized to suit a buyer's taste. It gets fabric upholstery with contrast stitching, heated front seats and windscreen, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth and navigation, multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, storage bins and a dual-pod instrument panel with a digital speedometer.
To cope with the harsh Russian terrain and climate, the Kaptur has a 204mm ground clearance, heavy duty suspension and a 4WD system with a center locking differential. Engine lineup was not detailed but Renault did say it will have Remote Engine Start.
It will be manufactured in Renault's Moscow plant and will go on sale by mid-2016.