Renault wants to go all guns blazing in the Indian market by creating new segments.
Renault launched the Triber in 2019 and this 7-seater vehicle is positioned in the sub-4-metre segment. In fact, the Triber is the only proper 7-seater that comes under this category and the vehicle has received a very good response from the Indian audience thanks to its packaging, space, features, and price.
Now, it has been learnt that Renault is developing few more vehicles for the Indian market. The vehicles will be slotted in different price ranges and according to Renault, these new vehicles will carve out new segments. First up, the French automaker will launch a new compact SUV (HBC) later this year. This SUV, based on the CMF-A platform, will be a bit smaller than other compact SUVs like the Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Renault is also working on an electric version of the Kwid and it has been codenamed XBA-EV. The electric car will feature heavily localised components aiming for a competitive price in the market. Renault is also working on a new compact sedan which is likely to be based on the CMF-A platform as well.
This compact sedan will undercut the likes of the Maruti Dzire. The sedan has been codenamed LBA and it might be showcased at the 2022 Auto Expo. While the Kwid and Triber make use of a 1.0-litre, 3-cyl, NA petrol engine right now, you can expect Renault to introduce a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine for the HBC and eventually for the Triber too. The compact sedan could get a 1.0-litre engine too, but it remains to be seen whether Renault uses the turbo unit or not.
With the launch of the HBC, Renault is looking to fetch an additional 50,000 sales over their 1 lakh annual sales while the company is aiming to double its sales volume to 2 lakh units a year in the next couple of years.
Renault Compact Sedan
– Renault working on a new compact sedan LBA
– Will undercut the Maruti Dzire significantly
– Likely to be revealed in early 2022
Source – ETAuto.com