We informed you earlier that Renault is working on a range of new cars for the Indian market. The company will launch an all-new sub-4 meter SUV, codenamed Renault HBC in 2020. This model will be based on the CMF-A modular platform, which also underpins the Renault Triber 7-seater MPV. A new media report claims that the French automaker is readying a subcompact sedan.
Renault is planning to develop a small sedan that would be India-specific, and will have the potential for exports to other regions. The small sedan is likely to be exported to select markets including Latin America, South East Asia and Africa. It is expected that Renault sub-4 meter sedan will be launched in the country in 2021.
The sub-4 meter sedan segment grew 12 per cent in financial year 2019 to 4.6 lakh units. The segment is likely to hold on to similar and could be increased in near future. Renault had launched the Logan sedan, which was built around the Dacia Logan. The new sedan will be based on the CMF-A+ platform, which also underpins the Renault Triber and will also be used to develop the Renault HBC subcompact SUV along with models from Nissan. This is basically the modified version of the CMF-A platform that underpins the Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO.
The sub-4 meter Renault sedan will be powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which will debut in 2020. This engine will power the Renault HBC compact SUV and the Triber 7-seater MPV. Both manual and AMT versions are likely to be on offer. The sub-4 meter sedan will challenge the likes of the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire and the next generation Hyundai Xcent.