The Renault Kaptur was revealed overnight in Russia, and it’s significantly longer and wider than the Captur with a C that’s sold in the rest of the world.
According to Renault’s tape measure, the new Kaptur is 4333mm long, 1813mm wide, 1613mm tall and rides on a 2674mm wheelbase.
That means that it’s 211mm longer, 35mm wider, 46mm taller and uses a 68mm longer wheelbase than the Captur, which is 4122mm long, 1778mm wide, 1567mm tall, and sits on a 2606mm wheelbase.
Much of the increase in height can be attributed to the Kaptur’s improved ground clearance, which now stands at 204mm, up from 163mm. This, along with heavy duty suspension and an all-wheel drive system with a locking centre differential, have all been engineered to handle the rough roads that are common outside major Russian cities.
Externally, the Kaptur features longer rear doors and an extended version of the third side window. Up front there’s a broader grille and a wider bonnet with extra ridges. The lower fascia also features C-shaped LED driving lights, at least on high-end models.
At the rear, the tail-lights sport new graphics with concentric C-shaped LED light tubes. With rear seats upright, boot space (387 litres) is up 10 litres on the Captur. Fold the rear bench down and cargo carrying capacity grows to 1200 litres.
The Captur’s dashboard seems to be largely carried over unchanged, with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system available on top-spec Kaptur variants. Other standouts on the spec sheet include remote engine start, heated front seats, and a heated windscreen.
Production will begin in the middle of the year at Renault’s Moscow factory, with output targeted at members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which include many of the nations in the old USSR, including Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Emily Fadeyev, corporate communications manager at Renault Australia, says that there no plans to bring the new Kaptur to Australia.