Renault launches new KAPTUR crossover in Russia

Article by Christian A., on April 4, 2016

Renault has launched its new KAPTUR crossover, part of the new 10-model splurge that Groupe Renault’s president and chief executive Carlos Ghosn has announced for this year. These new 10 models are part of Ghosn’s plan to expand Renault’s reach beyond Europe, particularly in Russia.

Renault expects the introduction of the KAPTUR in the fast-growing SUV segment to help it secure its grip in the Russian and Eurasian Customs Union markets. KAPTUR should complete Renault’s SUV and crossover range in Russia alongside the Sandero Stepway, Duster and Koleos.

Laurens van den Acker, Vice President for Corporate Design at Groupe Renault, remarked during the presentation of the KAPTUR that the new SUV is a blend of the best in Renault’s stunning design while considering Russian needs for off-road abilities, versatility and travelling comfort.

He described the KAPTUR as a genuine crossover featuring a robust and expressive design. Renault is building the new KAPTUR at its Moscow production site and will commence its sales this summer.

Exterior Design

Right from the start of the designing process, Renault considered the specific needs of the Russian market. Just like its name, the dimensions of the new KAPTUR are also specific, with its four-wheel drive transmission expected to be a great help in tackling Russia’s harsh roads and climate. Dimension-wise, the new KAPTUR measures 4,333 mm in length, 1,813 mm in width (excluding door mirrors), and 1,613 mm in height.

Its wheelbase is around 2,674 mm long while its front and rear tracks measure 1,564 mm and 1,570 mm, respectively. The new KAPTUR also has a turning cycle of 11 meters. Interestingly, the design of the new KAPTUR is derived from Renault’s six-petal flower strategy that signifies the human life cycle.

It features a front end marked by Renault’s new styling cues like a bold Renault logo set against a gloss black background. Likewise the wide upper section of the grille features a new honeycomb mesh pattern. T

he bonnet and door inserts feature sculpted forms that signify the dynamism and strength of the new model. Moreover, the bumper of the new KAPTUR has a broad lower part that visually widens the SUV. The rear part of the new KAPTUR is highlighted by the C-shaped lighting signature of the 3D-effect LED taillights.

As a true all-terrain vehicle, the KAPTUR features a stance that hints of its capabilities. In fact, its approach and departure angles measure 20 and 31 degrees, respectively, while its ground clearance is pegged at 204mm.

These elements -- along with heavy duty suspension and all-wheel drive transmission with a locking center differential as well as Remote Engine Start system, heated front seats and a heated windscreen – allow the KAPTUR all-terrain 4x4 SUV to cope with the road and weather conditions typical in Russia and CIS countries.

Interior Design

Inside, the KAPTUR offers an interior that is not only stylish, but is also comfortable. Moreover, the interior could be customized to achieve a distinct interior ambience. In fact, all occupants are treated to superior comfort, with the KAPTUR offering the highest driving position-- 708mm from the ground -- in its segment.

At the back, occupants could comfortably sit on the rear bench seat. Equally remarkable is the boot space in the KAPTUR, at around 387 liters. This could be further increased to 1,200 liters when the 60/40-split bench are fully folded.

KAPTUR also allows easy loading and unloading, thanks to the 1,002-mm tailgate aperture and extra boot lighting. Furthermore, all versions of the KAPTUR feature intuitive technologies like keyless entry, ignition and locking. It is also available with the MEDIA NAV system that includes a seven-inch (18cm) touch screen display and a radio and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as hands-free use of mobile phones.

This latest offering from Renault is seen to attract customers who have busy life-styles but still value comfort and are appreciative of a modern atmosphere. To further the unique charm of the KAPTUR, Renault developed and is offering a distinct set of customization options.

Press Release


Renault extended its range today with the presentation in Moscow of the all-new Renault KAPTUR crossover which will be equipped with four-wheel drive transmission in Russia. The KAPTUR is one of the 10 new models that Groupe Renault’s President and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced for this year as Renault continues to expand outside of Europe, notably in Russia.

The launch of the KAPTUR in the popular, fast-growing SUV segment will help Renault to consolidate its foothold in the Russian and Eurasian Customs Union markets. The new model is the latest addition to Renault’s range in Russia where it rounds out the make’s crossover and SUV line-up alongside the Sandero Stepway, Duster and Koleos.

The specific needs of the Russian market were dialled into the new crossover from the very beginning of the design process. In addition to its name, which starts with an emphatic ‘K’, the KAPTUR’s dimensions are also specific, while its four-wheel drive transmission stands out as a major ally to cope with the country’s harsh climate.

Renault’s latest styling cues

The KAPTUR’s design, which is based on Renault’s six-petal flower strategy which symbolises the human life cycle, marks a new milestone in the brand’s approach to styling in Russia and the CIS.

“To design Renault KAPTUR, we have mixed the best of Renault’s eye-catching design with a specific attention to Russian needs for off-road abilities, travelling comfort and versatility,” said Laurens van den Acker, Corporate Design, Vice President, Groupe Renault, at the model’s presentation in Moscow on March 30, 2016. “It is a genuine crossover, with a robust, expressive design.”

The front end features Renault’s new styling cues, including a bold Renault logo set against a gloss black background. The wide upper section of the distinctive grille features a new honeycomb mesh pattern, while the broad lower part of the bumper visually widens the car. The sculpted forms of the bonnet and door inserts are other bold crossover cues that express strength.

As at the front, a key feature at the rear is the C-shaped lighting signature of the 3D-effect LED taillights.

Robust and stylish

The KAPTUR’s stance points to the reliability expected of a genuine all-terrain vehicle, including approach and departure angles of 20 and 31 degrees respectively, plus record ground clearance of 204mm (unladen).

The KAPTUR‘s specific dimensions are:

Length: 4,333mm
Width (not including door mirrors): 1,813mm
Height :1,613mm
Wheelbase: 2,674mm
Front track: 1,564mm
Rear track: 1,570mm
Turning cycle: 11m
The KAPTUR will appeal to motorists who lead busy life-styles, appreciate a modern atmosphere and value comfort. To heighten its appeal, Renault has also developed a unique set of customisation options for the car.

A modern, comfortable interior

In addition to its bold yet elegant exterior lines, the KAPTUR features a stylish, comfortably-appointed, occupant-friendly cabin that can be customised to obtain a unique interior ambience.

All occupants enjoy outstanding comfort, while the driver benefits from the highest driving position (708mm from the ground) in the KAPTUR’s segment. The rear bench seat comfortably accommodates three adults.

The KAPTUR’s boot volume is 387 litres and carrying capacity increases to 1,200 litres with the 60/40-split bench in the fully-folded position. Loading is facilitated thanks to a wide tailgate aperture (1,002mm) and additional boot lighting.

The KAPTUR comes with a modern equipment package for everyday use, including intuitive technologies such as keyless entry, ignition and locking for all versions. The KAPTUR is also available with the MEDIA NAV system which covers all the basic multimedia functions, complete with a seven-inch (18cm) touch screen display, a radio and Bluetooth® connectivity for audio streaming and hands-free use of mobile phones.

Adapted to the needs of the Russian market

The KAPTUR is an all-terrain 4x4 crossover engineered to cope with the conditions that can be encountered in Russia thanks to its high ground clearance (204mm), heavy duty suspension and reliable all-wheel drive transmission incorporating a locking centre differential. Other key features that make it ideal for the harsh wintry conditions that can be found in Russia and CIS countries are Renault’s Remote Engine Start system, heated front seats and a heated windscreen.

The KAPTUR, which will go on sale this summer, is manufactured at Renault’s Moscow plant. The assembly of the crossover in the Russian capital marks a further milestone in Renault’s dynamic product offensive in this market.

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