Based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A modular platform, Renault Kayou (which in Japanese means ‘commute’), will be an entry level car. It will be priced in the under Rs 4 lakh segment, and thus rival other cars in the segment like Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon.
To be the most affordable Renault car in the world, Kayou is currently codenamed XBA. To be produced in India from the company’s plant in Oragadam, Chennai; Renault Kayou will be officially unveiled by Mr. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan Group on May 20, 2015. The car will also be exported.
To be launched by Diwali 2015, Renault Kayou has been spied on test in a production ready format, but thanks to extensive camouflaging, there are hardly any details that are revealed. The budget hatchback with a crossover stance sports Renault global design philosophy with a new front fascia and narrow grille flanked by sleek headlights. Likely to be offered in four variants, the Renault XBA (Kayou) will be priced in a sub INR 4 lakh bracket and will receive cost cutting features such as single wiper, plasticky outside rear view mirrors and slimmer tyres. However, interior space will be at a premium drawing the attention of budget and first time buyers in the country.
Renault Kayou will be powered by a new 800cc three cylinder petrol engine being developed in India. This engine is mated to either manual gearbox or AMT. There will be no diesel engined Renault Kayou on offer.
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