Renault has been present in India for a long time. Even though few of their models did not take off very well in the market, two models in form of the Duster and the Kwid did help the French company to set-up the a strong base in the country. The company has allocated Rs. 2,500 – 3,000 crore to push the new models in the market. Here are the 8 new upcoming models that will arrive in India in next 4 years.
Competition: Mahindra XUV500, Tata Hexa
The Kaptur has been rumoured for India for a long time. Now the manufacturer has confirmed that the car will be launched by the end of next year. The Kaptur is 5-seater SUV that is built on the M0 platform, the same that underpins the Duster, which means it will be easier to localise in India.
The Kaptur is designed with new design language of Renault family with C-shaped DRLs upfront. The car will also get some advanced features like central locking differential. The car will also have 4WD system that will allow it do minor off-road trails. In India, the Kaptur will be powered by 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine and 1.6-litre petrol engine that is also available with the Duster.
Renault Kwid AMT
Competition: Maruti Alto AMT, Hyundai Eon Automatic
The Kwid has been the best-seller for Renault in India. The car is giving some tough competition in the segment and recently, Renault launched the 1.0-litre version of the hatchback. The company is now prepping the Easy-R or the AMT version of the Kwid. The AMT gearbox will only available with the 1.0-litre engine and will take on the cars like Alto AMT and Eon. The Kwid AMT will be launched at the starting of next year.
Competition: Maruti Ertiga
Renault already has the Lodgy in the Indian market but when compared with Ertiga the sales is very limited. Renault is planning to launch a new car in the segment that has been codenamed RBC. The car will be built on the CMF-A platform that also underpins the Kwid. The car will be powered by 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that powers the Duster. Expected date of arrival is around June 2018.
Pic used: Renault Initiale Concept for representation
Renault new Duster
Competition: Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Scorpio
The Duster was the first successful product of Renault in India. The SUV recently received a facelift. Now the company is working on an all-new model that is codenamed H-79. There are reports that suggest that the new Duster may be offered in 5-seat and 7-seat option but Renault has remained tight-lipped on this. The car will continue to feature the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine and the 1.6-litre petrol engine with an option of automatic transmission. Expected date of the new Duster is first half of 2019.