Renault India is developing a new small car, aimed at the entry level space. Dubbed the A-Entry, the 800 cc petrol engined hatchback will be based on the Common Module Family A (CMF-A), which it will share with the Datsun RediGo hatchback. The CMF architecture is Renault-Nissan’s answer to the likes of Volkswagen’s MQB and Toyota’s TNGA platforms. The CMF architecture envisages parts, platform and production facility sharing between multiple brands under the Renault-Nissan joint car making alliance.
In that light, the Renault A-Entry will share its underpinnings with the Datsun RediGo. However, the A-Entry will command a higher price tag, in line with the positioning of the Renault brand. While the A-Entry is likely to start at under 4 lakh rupees, while being positioned under the Pulse hatchback, the Datsun RediGo will hit the Indian car market at a sub-3 lakh rupee price point. Development of both cars is already on with the Renault-Nissan Technical Center at Chennai, India, developing the 800 cc-3 cylinder petrol engine.
Mr. Gerard Detourbet, who was instrumental in the Dacia Duster and Logan projects, will spearhead Renault’s new entry level car project. The A-Entry will hit the Indian market first, by the end of 2015, after which it will be launched in emerging markets across the globe. Brazil and South Africa are two such emerging markets that are on Renault’s radar currently. The Renault A-Entry small car will be built at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, off Chennai, alongside the Datsun RediGo.
The A-Entry will be one of the two big volume products that Renault has lined up for the Indian car market in 2015. The other product is the Lodgy MPV, whose right hand variant is currently under development. The 4.4 meter Lodgy is a Toyota Innova competitor, but is likely to come at a lower price tag given its low cost base. The Lodgy is sold as a Dacia product in parts of Europe. In India, the 7 seat MPV will be powered by a 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine. A 1.6 liter petrol engine is also likely to be offered. Both engines will be shared with the Renault Duster.