25,000 units of India-bound Renault Kaptur to be made in Russia in 2017 – Report
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Russia will be the crossover’s first market.
The recently announced Renault Kaptur crossover will be unveiled in Russia later this month. Not much is known about its production except that it will be built, at least for Russia, at the Renault Moscow plant. Now, a new report from Automobil Produktion says that industry experts are predicting Renault will make around 25,000 units of the Kaptur in Russia next year.
The new report in no way is a confirmation that the Russian launch will happen only in 2017 though. Russian media reports say that the Kaptur will go on sale in June 2016. More about that will be known when Renault makes a detailed announcement by the end of this month. The Renault Kaptur will reportedly make its Brazilian premiere at the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in November and go on sale probably in early-2017. The Indian market launch will reportedly happen in October 2017.
The Renault Kaptur will be based on the Renault Duster’s platform. Positioned above the Dacia Duster (Renault Duster), the Renault Kaptur will likely be a three-row crossover and be targeted mainly at emerging markets. Renault has confirmed that there are no plans to introduce the Kaptur in Europe. Russian media reports say that the new crossover will be sold in other nations of the Eurasian Economic Union that includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. These markets will source the crossover from Russia.
The Renault Kaptur is expected to be offered with a variety of petrol and diesel engines with displacements ranging from 1.2- to 2.0-litre, including the 1.5 dCi and 1.6 flex-fuel units. Transmission choices may include 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. In India, Renault could offer the Easy-R AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) unit from the Renault Duster, or the 6-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) unit.
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[Source: Automobil Produktion]