It seems Renault India’s next vehicle in India would the entry B-segment hatchback according to a report on Financial Express. They say that the French company intends to grab a five per cent market share in the country in the next two to three years as compared to the minuscule two per cent that it holds right now.
The portal has also quoted Renault India’s CEO and MD, Sumit Sawhney, to have said that although the small car would be a global car but India would be among the ‘first major markets’. Makes sense too, as nowhere does a small car sell (if it’s good, of course!) like it sells in India. The small car codenamed ‘XBA’ would be sub four-lakh-rupee and will take on the Maruti Suzuki WagonR and others in this price band .
Now, we do have a few pics of the XBA which has been snapped in India testing, however, what is known is that the car will be based on the Redi-Go Concept which Nissan showcased as a Datsun car at the Auto Expo. Based on the Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF-A platform, it will also have a sibling (codenamed as I2) which will be a cheaper car and will be sold under the Datsun banner.
Interestingly, the report states that XBA would be launched first ‘followed’ by the Lodgy MPV in the Indian market. This goes against the common word which hints at the possibility of Renault launching the Lodgy MPV within the first few month of 2015 and following it up with the XBA sometime towards the middle of next year.
In order to achieve the target sales, Renault is also working on increasing their sales and service network along with their production capacity which been recently increased to 4.8 lakh units per annum from the earlier 4 lakh per year.