Renault considering sub-4m SUV, MPV on small car XBA’s platform – Report
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Four products on CAMM platform to target emerging markets like India.
After the emergence of a mysterious Renault compact SUV prototype in Europe, news comes in from Lesechos that the French automaker is studying the possibility of a sedan, a mini SUV and an MPV on the low-cost CAMM platform which will debut in the Renault XBA (codename) small car.
The family of four low-cost compact vehicles, all of which are reported to tuck under the 4 metre body length will have emerging countries like India, Brazil and Argentina as their primary markets. The Renault XBA A-segment hatchback which would be launched in India next year is the first product from the new platform.
Developed by the RNTBCI (Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India), the XBA will enter production at the Alliance’s Oragadam plant near Chennai. As things stand now, it appears that only the hatchback has been green lit for production while the other three top hats are in the market study phase, pending a final call from Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Mr. Carlos Ghosn.
The SUV in question, if produced, will go head-on against the Ford EcoSport, VW Taigun and Mahindra S101. The MPV is said to be a five seater with two additional seats at the rear (something like the Datsun Go+).
Renault’s particular emphasis on the sub-4 metre body lengths of its new family of compact cars strongly indicate that the Indian market is the priority.
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