Renault India’s Alto slayer ‘XBA’ to be unique and exciting – Report

Posted on: Dec 17, 2014 - 4:05pm IST

Production capacity and dealership network will be expanded.

Speaking to IANS, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, CEO and Managing Director of Renault’s Indian operations, announced that company will launch two new products in volume oriented MPV and small car segments. While this information is nothing new, he said the A-entry hatchback would be “an exciting package with unique design cues”.

Datsun Redi-Go taillight at Auto Expo 2014
The sub-Pulse 800 cc hatchback codenamed ‘XBA’ would challenge the Eon and Alto.

The Renault Lodgy MPV which is undergoing testing is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2015 while the Renault XBA (codename) would come in the second half of the year.

Sawhney said that Renault will ride on the XBA to increase the brand’s business in Tier-11 to Tier-IV markets. While talking to earlier this year, the company referred to it as the ‘sub-4’ car referring to its under 4-lakh starting price. Note that Renault have not confirmed its codename.

The 7-seat Lodgy is a rebadged Dacia which will feature an India-specific chrome grille with a prominent Renault lozenge. It is based on the underpinnings of the popular Duster. The people carrier will also borrow its powertrain options from its SUV sibling.

Renault Lodgy MPV spied
The Lodgy would be launched in Q1 2015.

The XBA small car is related to the Datsun redi-Go (which is also preparing for a 2015 launch) and will slot below the Pulse to become the most affordable Renault in the country. The hatchback would derive power from a newly developed petrol motor displacing 800 cc and would come with an optional AMT.

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Renault is targeting a market share of 5% in the next three years and is planning to achieve this target by introducing new products, expanding its dealership network and boosting the production capacity at its Oragadam plant.

Renault XBA Competitors: Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon, Chevrolet Spark, Datsun redi-Go
Renault XBA Expected Price: INR 3-4 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Renault XBA Launch date: H2, 2015 in India

Renault LodgyCompetitors: Maruti Ertiga, Honda Mobilio, Chevrolet Enjoy, Mahindra Xylo
Renault Lodgy Expected Price: INR 7-10 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi
Renault Lodgy Launch date: Early 2015

Renault Lodgy – Spyshot Gallery

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One thought on “Renault India’s Alto slayer ‘XBA’ to be unique and exciting – Report

  1. Prasanna says:

    Motorists and anyone with more than a single digt IQ are watching aghast in Bangalore as the already congested roads are being further strangled with the construction of disproportionately large sidewalks along all major roads.
    while the thought of actually walking along any pavement without having to watch out for live wires, protruding electrical transformers, missing drain covers and bikers in a hurry is quite welcome, having pavements which are larger than the roads is more than an over kill and rank bad planning.
    The roads are unable to accommodate current traffic @ 15 cars per 1000 people. ..i shudder to even imagine how these” narrowed” roads will work when the penetration increases to 30 cars per 1000!
    Good to know the pavements are being widened…..


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!