Renault Kaptur Spotted Testing In India Again

The Renault Kaptur is one of the most anticipated cars that are set to be launched in India this year. Expected to go on sale in the country around the festive season, the Renault Kaptur crossover-SUV was recently spotted testing in India yet again, and this time in Himachal Pradesh. Interestingly, in the latest spy images, you can also see a Hyundai Creta behind the Kaptur. While this could be a pure coincidence, we believe Renault India could be using the Creta for benchmarking, which indicates that the Kaptur could be launched in the same price range as the former.

Incidentally, both Renault Kaptur and the Hyundai Creta are currently on sale in Russia and the Kaptur is roughly just ₹ 50,000 more expensive than the Creta. This means we could expect a similar pricing strategy in India as well considering both the Russian-spec and the Indian-spec models of the cars are pretty much similar to each other. In comparison, the Renault Duster is roughly ₹ 3 lakh cheaper than the Renault Kaptur in Russia, which confirmed our previous speculation that the Kaptur will be positioned well above the Duster in the Indian market.

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Renault Kaptur is likely to be priced in the same range as the Hyundai Creta

Now, as we mentioned before this is not the first time that the Kaptur has been spotted testing in the country. Back in April, we spotted the Renault Kaptur undergoing testing in the outskirts of Chennai, near the company’s manufacturing facility, and last month images of the car’s cabin were surfaced online. So, we already know a fair bit about the upcoming Renault Kaptur. For starters, the Kaptur coming to India is built on the same platform as the Duster and gets a five-seater cabin layout. The Kaptur also comes with an aggressive grille, sweptback headlamps equipped with projector lamps, C-shaped LED daytime running lights and wide bumper. The profile gets black plastic cladding on the lower section, while the 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels look really sharp on the SUV. The Kaptur comes with a slightly lower ground clearance than the Duster but it is also expected to get the latter’s 4×4 system. The Kaptur is also expected to offer better safety features considering the Brazil-made Renault Captur scored 4 Star rating at Latin NCAP.

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Renault Kaptur will be positioned above the Duster SUV in India

Powertrain wise, the upcoming Renault Kaptur receive the same engine options as the Duster – a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. The petrol version in the Duster makes about 105 bhp and 142 Nm of peak torque while mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional CVT unit. On the other hand, the diesel engine comes in two states of tune – 79 bhp and 108 bhp, although we believe the Kaptur will get the latter version only. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed manual and Renault’s EasyR AMT gearbox.

Volvo XC40 Spotted Testing Again; Might Break Cover At Frankfurt

If anything, the recent times have shown us that Volvo is getting more aggressive in terms of its product strategy. After the launch of the Volvo XC90 and the S90, the Swedish carmaker recently pulled the wraps off the all-new Volvo XC60 at the Geneva Motor Show and now it’s gearing up for the first ever Volvo XC40 crossover. The all-new XC40, which appears to be on the last leg of testing, was recently spotted in Spain. Slated to break cover later this year, we expect the new Volvo XC40 to make its public debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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The upcoming XC40 will share similar styling as the XC90 and XC60, but will be smaller

Now, this is not the first time that the Volvo XC40 has been spotted testing this year. In fact, it was just a couple of months back that we shared the first set of spy images of the car, followed by images of the car’s cabin which were leaked last month and now we have come across more detailed images of the XC40. During all the occasions the test mules were heavily camouflaged, but judging by the pictures we could see that that XC40 shares several of its styling bits with its older cousins – the XC90 and the XC60. For instance, the XC40 comes with a very similar front end, equipped with the signature Thor’s Hammer style LED daytime running lights and the chrome grille.

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The 2018 Volvo XC40 will be based on the new CMA platform

Despite the similarities in styling, the XC40 largely differs from the former SUVs when it comes to platform. The XC40 is built on the company’s new CMA platform instead of the SPA that underpins the XC90 and XC60. In fact, the XC40 will be the first model to ride on this newly developed architecture, which makes it all the more important for the company.

The XC40 will offer a 5-seater cabin layout which has been designed in line with the current Volvo models. Volvo’s signature vertical touchscreen infotainment system takes centre stage on the dashboard while the three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel has been redesigned. The interior materials look premium, something that you would expect from a Volvo, and the contoured seats appear to be a nice place to be in. There is a wide centre armrest for the driver and co-passenger and several cubby holes as well.

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The XC40 could make it to India to take on the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3

Powertrain wise, Volvo XC40 will feature a range of three and four-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel iterations along with a plug-in hybrid as well. We will come to know the actual specifications only when the car is unveiled.

If anything, the recent times have shown us that Volvo is getting more aggressive in terms of its product strategy. After the launch of the Volvo XC90 and the S90, the Swedish carmaker recently pulled the wraps off the all-new Volvo XC60 at the Geneva Motor Show and now it’s gearing up for the first ever Volvo XC40 crossover. The all-new XC40, which appears to be on the last leg of testing, was recently spotted in Spain. Slated to break cover later this year, we expect the new Volvo XC40 to make its public debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September.