Thanks to Business Motoring, we have here the first visuals of the shortened Renault Logan that will be introduced in India very shortly. This picture confirms Renault will continue its partnership with Mahindra for selling the Logan in India.
The shortened boot makes the Logan look more like a notchback and gives it common characteristics to the Tata Indigo CS. The shortened boot helps bring the car to under four metres in overall length and that means the Logan is classified as a small car, which allows it to be categorized as a small car. This means it has to pay only a 10 percent excise duty, 8 less than what it pays in its current avatar.
Thanks to the smaller dimension, the Logan will be Rs 30,000-50,000 less than the existing model.
But this is only applicable to the diesel model as the petrol engine fails to meet the displacement requirement.
If Mahindra has to benefit fully from the excise benefit, it needs to get in a petrol engine that's smaller than 1.2-liters. Could they use the Nissan Micra's engine which produces 79bhp?
Maybe Mahindra would not offer the petrol engine in the first place.
Source - BS Motoring