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Renault-Nissan CMF-A platform (Kwid) engineered with multiple tophats in mind

Renault Nissan CMF-A platform

The Alliance’s Indian R&D centre will take the lead role in development of any future CMF-A based product.

The modular Renault-Nissan CMF-A platform (Common Modular Family – ‘A’ represents the segment) has just delivered its first baby, the Kwid. And it’s next offspring will be the production version of Datsun redi-Go concept which would be ready sometime next year. But things just don’t end there.

During his product presentation on the eve of Renault Kwid’s media drive program, Mr. Gerrard Detourbet, head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance A-Segment development unit, who spearheaded the developed of CMF-A platform in India, stated that the frugally engineered platform was created with several tophats and global markets in mind.

He added that the CMF-A can adopt avatars of compact sedan, a crossover SUV, a compact family MPV, a bigger hatchback and so on. It is also design protected to comply with varying standards and mandates of various global markets. The architecture is also compatible with various powertrain types such as petrol, diesel, LPG, CNG, hybrid and pure electric, however, Mr. Detourbet said that anything apart from petrol and LPG options would be economically non-viable for markets like India.

Renault Kwid review (2) front three quarter

The CMF-A platform can take many different avatars and is compatible with a wide array of powertrain types.

He also added that since the CMF-A was primarily conceived and developed at the RNTBCI (Renault-Nissan Technology and Business Centre India) near Chennai, and subsequently localized heavily (98%) with the vendors in the region, any future product development project related to the architecture will have the Indian R&D centre taking the lead role.

Also read – Renault Kwid review

It’s to be noted that, while the top official acknowledged the possibility of various tophats and derivatives based on the architecture, he didn’t confirm any future permutations and combinations on the same.

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