Renault India’s two most successful launches in the Indian market, the Duster and the Kwid, are losing steam with time. Other products like the newly launched Captur has failed to attract as many customers as Renault would have liked. Renault is currently planning to keep fewer products in its line-up and focus on them to ensure that the products in the market can gather customers.
The French manufacturer is planning to launch two new cars in the Indian market in 2018 to give a push to the line-up. One of the cars will be the facelifted version of the Renault Kwid. The entry-level hatchback from the brand in India is known for its aggressive, SUV-ish looks and is quite popular in the Indian market. However, the sales have now almost become half of the 10,000 units per month. This is due to the stiff competition and newer cars entering the same segment.
It is not known what exactly the facelifted Kwid will look like but the changes are expected to be minimal. The car is expected to get changes like updated bumpers, grille and slightly reworked interiors for a fresh look and feel. The 799cc and 1.0-litre petrol engines and the manual and AMT automatic transmission options are expected to remain the same as the current version of the hatchback.
Renault is also planning to launch a new variant of the Captur. Currently, the flagship vehicle of Renault India gets both petrol and diesel engine options. However, being a premium SUV and targeting the premium customers with premium features, the vehicle does not get an automatic transmission. Renault Captur is based on the same Duster platform and gets the same engine options as the Duster. However, Renault did not introduce the AMT automatic transmission that is available with the Duster diesel in the Captur. Renault says that the AMT will not do justice to the premium value of the Captur. The petrol engine of the Captur is expected to get a CVT transmission later this year.
Renault is also planning to launch the all-new Duster in the Indian market this year. However, the manufacturer has not given any confirmation about the launch.