In the vast history of India’s auto market, let’s take a lot at some more forgotten cars of India.
Renault Fluence – The Renault Fluence was launched in 2014 and discontinued in 2017, with prices ranging between Rs. 16-18 lakhs. It got Renault’s famous 1.5-litre DCi engine in the 110 PS tune and it was actually a nice and practical car with a brilliant ride and a workhorse of an engine. Sadly, it felt basic in front of rivals like the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Jetta, and Toyota Corolla and thus it had to be pulled off from the market.
Chevrolet TrailBlazer – The Chevrolet TrailBlazer was a full-size SUV with a 2.8-litre diesel engine making 197 HP. It rivalled the Toyota Fortuner but didn’t sell because of pricing and Chevrolet’s poor after-sales service. When Chevrolet was leaving the Indian market, dealers were offering huge discounts on the stock of TrailBlazers that they had. Prices ranged between Rs. 30-32 lakhs (on-road) but after discounts the SUV was available for Rs. 26-27 lakhs.
Renault Koleos – Renault’s offering in the premium SUV segment was the Koleos. However, at that time the old Toyota Fortuner was a hot-seller and the Koleos was a bit small in size and the pricing felt on the higher side. It was loaded with features like Bose speakers, 4×4 and even an AT but barely found takers. The Koleos came with a 2.0-litre diesel engine. It was launched in 2011 and priced between Rs. 24-28 lakhs.