Announced to get "state-of-the-art technologies".
Ahead of its world premiere on May 20, 2015, Renault India has stared the promotional campaign for its all-new entry-level small car codenamed the Renault XBA, and reported to be called the Renault Kayou.
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"A bold, striking design complemented by a host of state-of-the-art technologies", is how Renault describes the small car on its website.
Based on the modular CMF-A platform, the Renault Kayou will be powered by a 0.8-liter three-cylinder petrol engine matched to a 5-speed manual and automated manual transmission. A diesel variant will not be offered on the small car.
The Kayou will be priced under INR 4 lakhs, Renault India's CEO, Mr. Sumit Sawhney confirmed to Indian Autos Blog. Spyshots have shown the Maruti Alto-rival to ride on 13- or 14-inch wheels wrapped on slim rubber, much like its competitors. A single wiper at the front highlights the budget positioning of the car, but in terms of design, the Kayou will be inspired by Renault's global language.
The Kayou will be manufactured at the Renault-Nissan alliance plant in Chennai, though it remains to be seen if this plant caters to export markets in Europe as well.
Rivals: Hyundai Eon,Tata Nano variants, Maruti Alto, Datsun redi-Go
Expected Price: INR 3-4 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: May 20, 2015 (unveiling)