Maruti Alto rival, Renault small car rendered
2015 will see Renault India launch its production version of A-Entry hatchback, currently code named XBA. This upcoming model will be the least priced car in the company line-up in India and will be based on a Renault-Nissan CMF-A platform.
Renderings of the upcoming Renault XBA have emerged online. Once launched, the new Renault small car will take on Maruti Suzuki Alto, Chevrolet Beat and Hyundai Eon in India. XBA hatchback will be produced both in India and Brazil. In India, the Renault XBA will be produced at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing unit in Oragadam, Chennai from where the Datsun Go is also being produced.
Apart from the XBA, Renault-Nissan are also developing another car for India, Redi-Go. This was showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Both, XBA and Redi-Go are being developed from scratch in India at Renault-Nissan Technical Center in Chennai. Sharing of parts and a large amount of local content will see the new Renault XBA affordably priced, though the XBA will be priced higher than the Datsun Redi-Go. However it will also receive more enhanced features in keeping with Renault’s car brand positioning as against Brand Datsun.
Renault XBA in India, will be powered by a sub-1-liter petrol engine mated to a 5 speed transmission while an automated manual transmission could also make its way into this upcoming small car. In Brazil, the Renault XBA will receive a flex fuel motor running on either petrol or ethanol.