Renault’s Russian division teases locally-produced Kaptur AWD crossover image

The Russian unit of the French automaker has announced through a teaser image the impending release of the Kaptur 4×4, set to be introduced before the month runs its course.

The model – a derivation of the European subcompact crossover-leading Captur crossover – will be assembled locally at the Renault Moscow facility, with the Kaptur 4×4 expected to be much more than a simple rehash of its subcompact brethren. The rumors on the Russian mill state the Kaptur would actually be fitted to the Dacia/Renault Duster architecture – the Captur sold in Europe is based off the small class Clio representative. While the Kaptur shares much of the design cues with the more upscale Captur, it appears the Russia-spec Renault Kaptur will reportedly come with a longer wheelbase for enhanced roominess. There are even rumors of a third row of seats – though we’re not entirely sure this is the case since the Duster platform keeps with the subcompact class capabilities and the attached teaser image doesn’t point to that being the case.

And even if the reports will be true, the third row of seats will only be suitable for small children, as leg and headroom looks to be severely limited. And the previous reports have already proven wrong – the media was going for the “Grand Captur” moniker while Renault Russia has actually decided to go with the Kaptur instead. Additionally, the model will also have all-wheel drive as the marketed name goes with Kaptur 4×4, while the Captur is only sold as a front wheel drive.