French automaker Renault has confirmed two new mass market cars for the Indian car market. Both cars will be launched next year and will be instrumental in Renault’s hopes to double market share in India, from the current 2.2 % to 5 %. Renault India’s CEO Mr. Sumit Sawhney confirmed that the automaker will launch the A-Entry hatchback and the Lodgy MPV in 2015.
The A-Entry hatchback will use Renault-Nissan’s Common Module fFamily (CMF) architecture, which the hatchback will share with the Datsun RediGo. The A-Entry, code-named the XBA, will be positioned under the Renault Pulse hatchback, in the sub-4 lakh rupee small car space.
The A-Entry will use an 800 cc, triple cylinder petrol engine that is currently under development at the Renault-Nissan technical center in Chennai. The A-Entry is likely to be launched in India during the second half of next year and the first test mules of the car are yet to hit the testing circuit.
The other big launch for Renault next year will be the Lodgy MPV. Dubbed to arrive into India in early 2015, the Lodgy MPV has already begun testing on Indian roads. While the MPV is as large as the Toyota Innova, it is expected to be positioned lower than the best selling Toyota MPV given the former’s Dacia low cost underpinnings.
Internationally, the Lodgy is sold with naturally aspirated and turbo petrol, and turbo diesel engines. The India-spec version is expeted to make do with the 1.6 liter petrol and the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engines borrowed from the Duster SUV. Notably, India promises to be the first market in the world to see the Lodgy in right hand drive guise.
With the A-Entry and Lodgy, Renault India will seek to de-risk its strategy in India. A one-trick pony so far, 75 % of the French automaker’s sales come from the Duster SUV alone. The A-Entry hatchback and the Lodgy will allow Renault to seek out new segments of car buyers in India.
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