Renault Scala price fails to strike a chord: Nissan Sunny a better bet?

Renault launched their new car, Scala in India yesterday. Renault Scala price starts from Rs 6.99 lacs, which according to Renault is aggressive. But that is not what car buyers in India are agreeing to. Launched in the C Segment sedan of Indian car market, Renault says Scala competes with the likes of Skoda Rapid, Maruti SX4, Hyundai Verna, Honda City, and Volkswagen Vento. But if you really compare engine specs and features, the main competitors of Scala are Mauti DZire (Rs 4.88 lakhs), Tata Manza (Rs 5.70 lakhs), Toyota Etios  (Rs 5.40 lakhs), Skoda Rapid (Rs 6.92 lakhs), and of course, its cousin, Nissan Sunny (Rs 5.93 lakhs).

Firstly, its difficult to understand why the difference between petrol base variant of Renault Scala and Nissan Sunny is more than Rs 1 lakhs, after all they are the same car with different body. Other important factor is that Skoda offers Rapid at a lesser price which when comes to performance and driving pleasure, is ages ahead than Scala. Topend version of Scala, is just Rs 30,000 cheaper than Volkswagen Vento.

But then, Renault says, their target audience is the one who would like to be chauffeur driven, thanks to to the king-sized legroom. This is when all those points they made during the launch, starts making sense.

Price of Renault Scala (Ex-Delhi)

Base Petrol Scala (RxE) – Rs 6.99 lakhs
Topend Petrol Scala (RxL) – Rs 7.85 lakhs

Base Diesel Scala (RxL) – Rs 8.69 lakhs
Topend Diesel Scala (RxZ) – Rs 9.57 lakhs

Mileage / Average of Scala

Scala Petrol – 16.95 kmpl
Scala Diesel – 21.64 kmpl

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Renault presents New Renault Scala and continues its product offensive in India
September 07, 2012

In less than 18 months, Renault launches a fifth vehicle for Indian customers

Built in the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Chennai (India)

After the Fluence saloon, the Koleos premium SUV, the Pulse hatchback, and the Duster SUV, Renault strengthens its product portfolio with Renault Scala: a new sedan for the Indian market

With New Renault Scala, Renault expands its product offering in India

The launch of Scala positions Renault India across all segments of the Indian car market with products which meet Indian customers’ expectations. Scala reinforces Renault’s presence in India with an offering of status and on-board comfort at the top of the segment all at an affordable price.

“With the launch of Scala, Renault India has fulfilled its promise to launch 5 products in less than 18 months and to open a pan India network of 100 dealerships by the end of 2012,” said Marc Nassif, Managing Director, Renault India.

Renault Scala is an elegant and dynamic sedan made for India. Joining the premium small sedan segment (A3 Premium on the Indian market), Renault Scala offers status-enhacing design with a chrome radiator grill and door handles, 15-inch sporty alloy wheels, and a dual-tone rear bumper.

Renault took special care to ensure the comfort of the driver and rear passengers since Indian owners of this type of vehicle often have a chauffeur. Inside the car, Renault Scala has the best roominess in its class, premium perceived quality, leather upholstery, and 2 cup-holders in the rear seat armrest for ultimate passenger comfort.

Renault Scala arrives on the Indian market well-equipped to illustrate the premium positioning of Renault and its technological innovations in India: automatic climate control with rear blowers, electrically adjustable and foldable outside rear view mirrors, multifunctional Smart Key, Stop/Start button, and steering mounted audio controls. Renault Scala is also loaded with safety features such as dual airbags for driver and passenger, ABS with EBD and brake assist, and front fog lamps.

Renault Scala is available from launch in both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel variant uses the reliable and fuel-efficient 1.5 dCi K9K engine (63kW/86ch), and the petrol variant uses the 1.5 16V engine (73kW/99ch). Renault Scala comes in 3 trim levels and is available in India starting on September 7, 2012.


To further lay emphasis on customer satisfaction, Renault India has created a service offering specific to this market. Renault COMPLETE CARE is a premium service package which includes a 2+2 years/80,000Km warranty, labour free service at 2,000, 10,000 and 20,000Km with 24/7 Roadside Assistance through a dedicated call center.

A propos de Renault en Inde

Renault India Private Ltd is a fully-owned subsidiary of Renault s.a.s, France. Renault India Pvt Ltd was established in 2005 and in May, 2011 introduced the Renault brand and its first product – the premium Fluence sedan to customers in India.