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Renault is looking to develop a sub-four-meter compact sedan for the Indian market. The company wants to take on the best-sellers in the segment, and contribute to the growing trend of compact sedan in India and across the world as well.
According to the reports from NDTV Auto, the company has finally decided to examine the feasibility of entering the sub-four-metre sedan segment. Renault is looking to develop a compact-sedan model that will be India-specific, and potentially export to other international markets as well.
The sub-four-metre compact-sedan became successful by the introduction of Maruti Suzuki Dzire over the past several years. Also, the success was carried overseas, with India-made subcompact sedans selling in good numbers across international markets like Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa. Renault is looking to bank on the success of compact-sedans and is keen to get into the sub-four-metre sedan game with a new model.
The company will look to introduce the new compact-sedan in 2021. In the past, the company's compact sedan were based on the B0/M0 platform that underpinned the Dacia Logan. However, the upcoming compact-sedan will be based on the CMF-A+ platform that underpins the Renault Triber MPV.
This will also spawn the upcoming HBS subcompact SUV from the brand as well. The CMF-A+ platform is an extension of the company's CMF-A platform that is used by the Renualt Kwid and Datsun redi-GO.
Renault has learnt and gained new insights on space management and driveability under the Triber development project. The company aims to use these learnings to their upcoming cars, and also to develop their Dacia models for Eastern Europe market as well.
The compact-sedan segment grew by 12 per cent in Financial Year 2019 as compared to last year with 4.6 lakh units sold. It is expected to register similar or higher sales figures in the future. Currently, the only other segment growing faster is the compact SUV space, however, the sedan volume keep increasing for now.
Indian buyers have many options in the compact-sedan segment. The includes, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Tigor, and the VW Ameo. However, Renault feels the upcoming car should be able to rival the successful Dzire and Amaze, to establish itself in the segment.
Thoughts About The Renault Compact Sedan Under Development For India
Yes, we agree with the Renault about the current boom in the country with compact-sedan segment. These vehicles offer a lot of practicality to the personal buyers and fleet aggregators like Ola and Uber as well. However, Renault will have a lot of catching up to do and the upcoming car has to nail the balance between practicality and pricing.