Rendering – Renault XBA (Maruti Alto rival)

Posted on: Apr 3, 2014 - 10:28am IST

Renault India will launch a new small car next year that will challenge the likes of the Maruti Alto 800 and the Hyundai Eon. Codenamed ‘Renault XBA’, the small car will be based on the CMF-A platform, which has been developed by Renault and Nissan.

Renault XBA render
The Renault XBA will launch in India next year.

The small car will be manufactured in India and Brazil, according to the company’s executive vice-president, Jerome Stoll. This rendering prepared by Noticias Automotivas, gives an idea as to what the small car may look like.

Clearly, this render is based on the Datsun Redi-Go concept, which had its world premiere at the Auto Expo in February. There’s a good reason for this, as the entry-level Datsun and Renault will share their underpinnings and main interiors. Seeing the lukewarm response to the Pulse and Scala, Renault would not want to resort to another attempt at badge-engineering products, but differentiate the exterior to a great deal like Nissan have managed with the Duster-based Terrano.

Renault XBA render rear
The XBA will be powered by a sub-1-liter petrol engine.

In India, the Renault XBA small car will be powered by a sub-1-liter petrol engine (expect a 0.8- or 0.9-liter engine) matched to a 5-speed transmission. An automated manual transmission (AMT) could also be offered from the start.

In Brazil though, the small car will be given a flex-fuel motor (that runs on petrol and ethanol).

[Images from Noticias Automotivas]

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5 thoughts on “Rendering – Renault XBA (Maruti Alto rival)

  1. Lorance says:

    Kiran they launched Zest agreed but its Tata. The after sales issues are there with Tata. Their service is there in paper only. They are not committed to the customers.So far its worst.

  2. Kiran says:

    Pulse is not bad. Duster is good. But no climate control. Yes as Tony said its missing. Paying these much I don’t think Duster is a value for money pack. Below 10 lakhs I think they have only pulse in this feature but the ground clearance is below par. Tata Zest petrol is better option till now.

  3. Jim Peter says:

    Great offering, and the segment has a lot of potential. EON has proved the same. With DATSUN Go added to the list. This is going to be great. I assume Renault wont compromise much on the Safety bits of the Car

  4. sandy says:

    Good looking. Another Duster like hit in making.

  5. Aravind says:

    Looks good for its segment. If they can offer good service and price it competitively, I dont see why Maruti Suzuki can be challenged.


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