Renault Scala to be launched before Diwali

Renault’s badge-engineered version of the Nissan Sunny, which will be called the Renault Scala, is likely to be launched before Diwali.

An IndianAutosBlog report stated that Renault India confirmed that the Scala will see a pre-Diwali launch. It was earlier slated for a post-Diwali launch in November or December, but now Renault has decided to fast track launch plans.

Photo: The Renault Scala will look like a more aggressive version of the Nissan Sunny

Price

The Nissan Sunny is priced at Rs. 5.93 lakh for the base variant and goes up to Rs. 8.93 lakh for the top-end diesel variant. We can expect the Scala to be priced between Rs. 20,000 to Rs.30,000 more than its Nissan sibling.

Looks

The Scala is essentially a badge engineered Nissan Sunny, similar to what we saw with the Nissan Micra and Renault Pulse. The Scala too will likely get more aggressive styling like the Pulse and Renault may take the Sunny’s plain-Jane design a notch higher.

Renault will most likely offer a new front grille, bumper design, modified headlamps and tail lamps on the Scala. The space and comfort of the Sunny will be retained in the Scala as there won’t be any changes in the dimensions of the car. The Sunny is one of the most spacious sedans in its segment and will soon share that pedestal with the Scala. Also readNissan planning to launch Sunny CNG soon

Performance

The Scala will be powered by the same 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder K9K engine that powers the Sunny diesel version. This motor makes 85 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. The ARAI-certified mileage of the Scala will be around 21.6 kmpl. If the Scala is offered with a petrol variant it will likely be powered by a 1.5 litre motor used in the Sunny petrol version. This engine churns out 98 bhp of power and 134 Nm of torque. The ARAI-certified mileage of the Sunny petrol is 16.95 kmpl and the petrol Scala will have a similar mileage.

All things remaining equal, which brand logo would you prefer on essentially the same car – Nissan Sunny or Renault Scala? Tell us.