Renault reveals the Kaptur in Russia: a Duster with a Captur appearance

In markets where Renault already sells the Captur, the new presentation of the French automaker may sound strange. Why have a Kaptur in Russia and other emerging countries? The answer is simple and trivial: cost. The Kaptur, presented by Renault today in Moscow, is a Duster with a Captur appearance, in very simple words. Allow us to explain.


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While the Captur is a B platform product, as well as the Renault Clio IV and the Nissan Juke, the Duster is built over a variation of it, the B0, which is larger and cheaper. It is the same one used by the first generation Logan and Sandero (which have now moved to the M0 platform). The Captur is a B segment SUV, but one that would be deemed too small by customers in emerging countries. It is 4.12 m long, 1.78 m wide, 1.57 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.61 m. To make things worse, it would be more expensive than the Duster, a vehicle that is 4.33 m long, 1.82 m wide, 1.68 m tall and that has a wheelbase of 2.67 m. To be more precise, 2,674 mm. In many emerging countries, like Russia, Dacia vehicles are sold as Renault, what makes thing even worse for the European Captur.


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Anyway, the small SUV looks much better than Duster. Why not give its platform a better look in order for it to be more competitive with other B segment SUVs? And there are many coming to these markets, such as Honda HR-V, Hyundai ix25 (or Creta) and so on. Duster already presents a successful business case in lower prices, but it is considered to be a noisy and thirsty bargain. It is also considered an ugly vehicle. Renault needed badly a better looking SUV. Hence the Kaptur.


The new SUV is 4.33 m long, 1.81 m wide, 1.61 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.67 m. To be more precise, 2,674 mm. Compare the measures and see why we have defined the Kaptur as a Duster with a Captur appearance: because this is what it is.


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Renault has not released the engines that will power the Kaptur, but it will probably present the same ones that are used by the Duster. In Russia, they are the 84 kW 1.6 4 cylinder and the 105 kW 2.0 4-cylinder petrol units and the 80 kW 1.5 4-cylinder turbodiesel. Transmissions tend to be a 6-speed or a 4-speed automatic in Russia. In Brazil, the new Kaptur will probably have a 7-seat version that will be named Grand Kaptur, probably built over the Duster Oroch platform, which is slightly longer, with a 2.75 m wheelbase.


Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.