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Renault India is working on a product offensive for the Indian market, starting next year. The French carmaker will introduce three new cars in 2019, followed by a new model every year. For 2019, the new cars will be the Kwid-based MPV (codenamed RBC), new Duster and the Kwid facelift.
Renault has also stated that they will concentrate on the Indian domestic market and have no plans for exports. The first launch will be the new Renault MPV (codenamed RBC), with its name being announced sometime in January. This will be followed by the new Duster and then the Kwid facelift, around the festive season next year.
The company has been working on the new Kwid-based MPV for a while now. The new MPV has been spied testing on multiple occasions. The upcoming MPV will be sub-four metre and based on Renault's CMF-A platform. The design of the MPV will be based off the Kwid, along with receiving additional features and design aspects.
The MPV is also expected to be powered by the same 1.0-litre engine as seen on the Kwid hatchback, however, it might be tuned to provide an increased power output.
Similar to the exteriors, the interior of the MPV will also borrow components from the Kwid. It is also additionally expected to come with a touchscreen infotainment system and a host of safety features, to clear the upcoming safety regulations.
The new Duster which is expected sometime in mid-2019 is expected to come in a seven-seater configuration. It will, however, carry forward the same 1.5-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engine options. Although, the two engines are also expected to get an update, improving the performance and overall efficiency.
The third and final launch from Renault will be the Kwid facelift. The updated Renault Kwid is expected to be launched around next year's festive seasons. It will carry forward a similar design, yet come with minor changes and updates. It is also expected to be powered by the same engine options, although they will be tuned according to the upcoming emission norm.
Renault recently, however, has announced a hike in prices on its entire product lineup in India. The French company will be hiking prices by 1.5 per cent from January 2019.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance, on the other hand, has unveiled their upcoming Kicks SUV. Media drives have just concluded, stay tuned for our review of the Nissan Kicks.
Thoughts On The Renault India Plans 2019
Renault is planning an aggressive sales strategy for the Indian market. The company will launch a new product every year in the country and hope to slowly improve their market share as well. The company's last new product was the Renault Captur, launched in late 2017. The carmaker currently sells the Kwid, Lodgy MPV, Duster and the Captur in the Indian market.
Source: Express Drives