French automaker Renault’s executive vice-president and sales chief Mr. Jerome Stoll has noted that the A-Entry 800 cc petrol hatchback will be launched in India next year. This car has been developed grounds up in India and will share its underpinnings with the Datsun RediGo.
The Datsun RediGo was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo in concept guise and Mr Stoll’s comments means that we’re looking at entry level hatchbacks being spawned out of this concept and not a compact crossover as many predicted after the unveil of the RediGo concept.
The new Renault small car isn’t meant just for India but will also be sold in other emerging markets. Brazil is one such country where Renault plans to build the A-Entry hatchback. The car will sit below the Pulse hatchback in terms of price and positioning and in India, will lead the French brand’s entry into the sub-4 lakh rupee space.
The A-Entry will roll out of Renault-Nissan’s Oragadam factory off Chennai next year, and will be built alongside the Datsun RediGo, which will be priced significantly lower than the A-Entry. The Datsun RediGo hatchback will also use an 800 cc petrol engine in a three cylinder layout and will be priced between 2-3 lakh rupees.
Renault is aiming to capture a market share of 5 % in India and the A-Entry hatchback will be crucial for the French automaker to achieve its market share target. The A-Entry will be a high volume product supplementing the Duster, the current best selling product in Renault India’s car range.
The Lodgy MPV is also being evaluated for an Indian launch as another big volume product as Renault seeks to move away from being a one product wonder. The Lodgy is a 7 seat MPV built by Dacia, Renault’s low cost car making arm. The Lodgy will take on the likes of the Maruti Ertiga and the Toyota Innova and is expected to be launched here next year.