Report - Renault XBA (Maruti Alto rival) to get 0.8L petrol engine with AMT

05/11/2014 - 15:58 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

A more powerful 1L variant could be launched too.

It is no longer news that Renault is developing a new low-cost, entry-level hatchback codenamed 'XBA', and that India would be the launch market for this car in mid-2015. Autocar India reports that the entry car will be powered by an all-new 800 cc three-cylinder petrol engine codenamed 'BR-8'.

Renault Nissan CMF
The Renault XBA will be based on the modular CMF-A platform.

The publication states that the engine will use a twin-cam setup with four valves per cylinder. The new engine will be paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, and an automated manual transmission is coming for Renault's cheapest car as well.

Since the XBA will be targeting first time car buyers who would prefer a model without the third pedal and a gearlever, an AMT system (which is cost effective, yet doesn't take a toll on fuel efficiency or maintenance bills) is quite apt. Recently, Maruti launched the new Alto K10, equipped with an AMT and priced at INR 3.8 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi, making it the most affordable automatic car in India.

Maruti Celerio AMT lever at the 2014 Nepal Auto Show
Renault would be hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the AMT in India. The Celerio AMT variants account for nearly 50 percent of the car's sales.

The Alto K10 too is sure to find a worthy rival in the XBA as a more powerful variant with a 1.0-liter engine (codenamed BR10) is also under development.

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The XBA will be the first Renault car in India to use the CMF-A modular architecture. This platform will be shared with the Datsun Redi-Go, according to reports.

Competitors: Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon, Datsun redi-Go
Expected Price: INR 3-3.5 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: Mid to late-2015 in India

[Source - Autocar India]

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