Renault’s Russian division has released a teaser image for the Kaptur 4x4 which will be unveiled before the end of March.

Renault’s Russian division has released a teaser image for the Kaptur 4x4 which will be unveiled before the end of March.

Set to be built locally at the Renault Moscow plant, the Kaptur 4x4 is expected to be more than just a Russian version of the subcompact crossover sold by Renault with the “Captur” moniker. That’s because reports are suggesting the Kaptur will be based on the Dacia/Renault Duster platform whereas the Captur rides on the same platform as the Clio.

Although it’s not evident in the attached image, the Russia-spec Renault Kaptur will allegedly have a longer wheelbase to enable a roomier interior. Some are saying the cabin will actually host a third row of seats, but we are not so sure it will happen judging by what we are seeing in the attached teaser pic. Even if this turns out to be true, the rearmost seats will be suitable only for children as headroom will be very limited.

Previous reports suggested the model would be called “Grand Captur” to point out it’s bigger than the regular model, but Renault Russia has decided to use the “Kaptur” moniker. The decision was taken after the company organized a survey among Russian customers that showed “K” underscores the “Russian Touch” of the new model. The crossover will also have the “4x4” suffix, so Renault will offer it with a 4x4 layout whereas the Captur is front-wheel drive only.

Details about the engine lineup are not available at this point, but the rumor mill indicates the Kaptur 4x4 will get the TCe 90 and TCe 120 turbocharged gasoline units and the dCi 90 diesel. Depending on selection, these will work with a manual gearbox and Renault’s EDC dual-clutch transmission.

We will have all the details in a couple of weeks when Renault Russia will unveil the Kaptur 4x4, a model which the company says won’t be sold in Europe.

Source: Renault

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