Reiterating the fact that the CMF-A low-cost platform is engineered with various top-hats and powertrain options in mind, Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan Alliance, stated that there would sedan and crossover derivatives in the future. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of New York Auto Show, the top official stated that the CMF-A platform is a huge success in India and hence it would do good in other emerging markets as well.
The Common Module Family – A Segment (CMF-A) is a highly flexible architecture which was primarily engineered in India with stringent cost targets at every stage. The platform was debuted by the Renault Kwid which has surpassed over 100,000 bookings in India, and will soon be spawning its second derivative, the Datsun Redi-Go.
Since the platform proved to be a huge success, it’s only logical to come up with more models based on it. A CMF-A sedan is more likely to be a sub-4 m product which would be pitted against the likes of Tata Kite 5 sedan. A crossover on the same platform would also be a sub-4m vehicle with aggressive pricing. Such derivatives will not only have India as their primary target market but will also be sold in other promising emerging markets. However, there is no information on the time frame for these new products.
When asked about the possibility of an electric Renault Kwid, Mr. Ghosn replied that it is a ‘logical consequence’, hinting that a pure electric CMF-A vehicle for India is something that the company wouldn’t shy away from exploring but it’s not a part of the agenda for the immediate future.