Here is yet another Renault India for the readers of Drivespark. The French carmaker which started its Indian operations by launching the Fluence premium sedan went on to launch the Pulse, a perfect clone of the Nissan Micra. Renault will now follow it up with yet another Nissan clone.
Renault is all set to launch the Scala in India. The Renault Scala is just a rebadged version of the Nissan Sunny, the Japanese carmaker's best selling car in India. The Scala will be Renault India's entry level sedan and it is expected to be launched during this year's Diwali.
Renault India had earlier stated that it will be launching five new cars in India when it began its operations here. The Fluence was the first product followed by the Pulse, Koleos and Duster. The fifth model to complete Renault's line-up will be the Scala.
The Renault Scala is expected to carry the same powertrain options like the Nissan Sunny. The Renault Scala will be powered ny a 1.5-litr 85bhp diesel engines. Renault might launch a petrol powered Scala sedan too. Renault had initially launched just the diesel variant of the Pulse and then launched a petrol variant.
While Renault had made only some cosmetic changes to the Pulse when compared with the Nissan Micra, the new Scala sedan is most likely to sport a slightly different look than the Nissan Sunny. Renault has assigned the job of designing the Scala to the Renault design centre in Mumbai.
Renault India could launch the new Scala with a price tag above the Nissan Sunny. Renault believes it is a premium car brand when compared with Nissan and intends to keep its products slightly more expensive than similar Nissan cars in India. The Renault Scala's price in India is expected to range between Rs.6 lakhs and Rs.8 lakhs
Renault India is now celebrating the success of its recently launched SUV Duster. The French carmaker has entered the hugely competitive SUV segment with the Duster and is hoping the Diwali launch of the Renault Scala will also be a success this year. Renault had managed to sell just over 11,500 cars in India last year. It is now aiming to sell as many as 30,000 units this year thanks to the Duster.
The Renault Scala's launch this Diwali will coincide with the festive season during which all carmakers expect improved sales. Many carmakers schedule new car launches during this period and This Diwali will definitely be a special one for Renault in India thanks to the Scala.