Renault's V-Platform hatchback is taking shape for an Auto Expo 2012 launch. The branding of the product is being worked on and the name will be revealed to the media either in late 2011 or in Delhi during the launch. Renault has designed this product for the Indian market using Indian designers.
If we are able to observe the image of the hidden car closely, it conceals a tall boy design. Unlike the Wagon R, the V-Platform hatchback will not be an inexpensive car. It will fight for a spot among players in a segment above having the new Maruti Swift, Hyundai i20 and VW Polo sitting at the crest of a giant wave.
No real surprises under the hood - the same 1.2-liter petrol and 1.5-liter diesel engines from the Micra Based on the Nissan Micra platform, Renault's hatch has no legacy like the Micra and, like we mentioned is not connected to the Clio, Twingo or Sandero. The B+ hatch must have been designed around the needs of the Indian compact car buyer.
Renault India told Indian Autos Blog there were no plans to bring the Clio to India in the short or mid-term. The company's second small car could be positioned below the V-Platform hatch to lock horns with the i10s and Wagon Rs.
Renault's V hatch will be displayed at the Auto Expo and is expected to hit Renault showrooms by April 2012 for a price of between 4.5-7 lakh rupees.