Renault Kayou, the new budget hatchback will be positioned below the Renault Pulse hatchback when launched later this year. It will rival the likes of Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon.
Based on a CMF-A (Common Module Family – Affordable) platform, Renault Kayou will be launched first in India after which it will make its way to Brazil and many other countries. It has been developed entirely at RNTBCI (Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India) in Chennai, and will be produced from the Renault Nissan alliance plant in Oragadam, Chennai so as to enhance economies of scale.
Powering the upcoming Renault Kayou will be a new 800cc three cylinder petrol engine with estimated output of 45-50 bhp via a 5 speed manual transmission. It will be later that Renault could introduce an Automated Manual Transmission, which is quite the norm in Indian auto industry these days.
Being a budget hatch, cost cutting features include 13” or 14” wheels wrapped in slim rubber tyres, black wing mirrors and a single wiper blade. Top spec versions of the Renault Kayou could receive front power windows, speakers, mobile charging point and AC as standard features while a driver’s airbag could form a part of the safety features.
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