Renault India small car XBA launch preponed, will also be exported
Renault Nissan’s new economical platform for low cost cars will soon be launched in India, via a new small car. The new architecture is based on popular (Common Module Family) CMF platform introduced in 2013, and is named CMF-A (Common Module Family – Affordable) for the small cars.
The CMF platform, in addition to being a modular platform capable of underpinning cars of different body types, is all the more versatile by representing five segments of a platform for use in various applications.
The new derivative, CMF-A platform, is designed in Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India (RNTBCI), in Chennai. The first car to use this foundation, codename Renault XBA, was also developed (or still being developed) in the same facility. The A-segment hatchback will have India as its prime target and will be exported to various emerging markets in Asia, Africa and South America.
Renault India small car is confirmed to be priced under Rs. 4 lakh bracket, to compete with Wagon R, and Hyundai i10 and the like. But there is a confusion as to the launch of this model. According to Renault India country CEO and MD Sumit Sawhney, Renault XBA hatchback is still under development and will take at least nine months more. But, as per Renault Nissan Group CEO, Carlos Ghosn, the car will be launched in India by May 2015. Both reports are by Economic Times.
Post India launch of this new small car, Renault will also start exporting the car from India. The first countries to receive XBA will be in South America, Africa and Asia. Apart from this, there are also plans re-badge the car and sell it as a Nissan, this too contradicts what Mr Sawhney had stated once – We will no longer cross-badge new products. According to Mr Ghosn, the Renault XBA will come out as a Nissan car at a later stage.