Regardless of its vicinity in the Indian market following 2010, Renault’s just achievement in India till date has been the Duster. Whatever remains of its demonstrates, from the Pulse hatchback to the Koleos SUV, have neglected to discover support in the Indian market. Obviously, we have marked down the quite recently dispatched Lodgy MPV here which may acquire a few numbers for the French brand. However, what could totally change Renault’s fortunes in our business sector is still awaited.
Seen testing in the GST Road in Chennai, the small car codenamed “XBA” holds Renault’s ticket for passage into the major sales in India. What else would we be able to say in regards to an auto that is set to bolt horns with the compelling Maruti-Suzuki Alto and Hyundai Eon? The previous has been the biggest offering auto in India since 2004 while the recent, in spite of being a far off second in the section, still offers more than Renault’s whole lineup consistently.
Broadly answered to be called ‘Kayou’, this small would likely be the most-reasonable Renault model overall and is situated to make its worldwide presentation in India. In spite of its thick disguise all around, Renault’s propositions with this auto are clear. This will be a minimal effort model focused at the quality cognizant first-time Indian auto purchasers. That clarifies the fundamental back perspective mirrors made of dark plastic and the single windshield wiper that is like the particular case that the Datsun Go has.
Likewise unmistakable are the little wheels, potentially 13-inchers. The auto car shows up obviously bigger than the Alto and Eon and is by all accounts sitting higher too with wide shoulders and thick C-columns. Renault keeps on staying tight-lipped on the potential motor and transmission alternatives on its next huge dispatch. The 3-barrel, 1.2-liter petrol motor that powers its kin (Pulse, Micra and Go) is a solid contender to power the XBA (Kayou) yet Renault is said to be dealing with another 0.8-liter petrol motor too which is the standard for this section.
Aside from a 5-speed manual transmission, an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), the new popular expression in the business, is additionally said to be on the cards. Renaults have dependably been genuinely hearty and hold up well in the crowded India market and we expect the XBA (Kayou) to take after that custom.
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