Renault India has introduced a base variant to the Renault Scala – the Renault Scala RXE diesel variant at a pretty competitive price of Rs. 8.29 lakh. This base variant of the Renault Scala does have a fair amount of features built-in, although the price is just slightly lower than the mid-variant Nissan Sunny XL diesel.
Earlier the Renault Scala diesel was only available in a mid-variant RXL and top-end RXZ variants. However, Renault hasn’t skimped much on the equipment level for the base RXE variant. This car comes with a single driver airbag (the others come with two variants). It has ABS with EBD and brake assist, an integrated music system, but no Bluetooth, manual air-conditioning as opposed to climate control on the other two variants. It has a rear-comfort fan which helps get the cold AC air out to the rear passengers as well. Of course, the car is also one of the most spacious cars in its segment, besides its twin the Nissan Sunny. Also read: Renault Scala automatic launched in 2 variants
The base Renault Scala diesel is actually good value for money at this price point, as it is nearly Rs. 16,000 cheaper than the base Hyundai Verna diesel 1.4 and exactly at the same price point as the Maruti SX4 VDI – which doesn’t have airbags. The only car that probably gives it a run for its money is its twin, the Nissan Sunny, which has two airbags at the same price point. Renault also offers a two year, 40,000 km warranty and additional two-year extended warranty up to 80,000 km. Also watch: Renault Scala road test and video review
The car is powered by the tried-and-tested 1.5 litre Renault K9K diesel engine that puts out 85 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. This is a highly fuel-efficient engine and has a claimed efficiency of 22 kmpl, with a five-speed manual transmission. It’s a car that has an extremely spacious limousine-like rear seat and would appeal to buyers who are chauffeur driven a lot. Also read: Renault Scala CVT automatic road test and review
This entry-level diesel variant should definitely help Renault shore up Scala sales now, as it sold only about 670 last month and has been selling an average of 748 cars a month in the past six months.