Renault India has admitted that the Indian market is tough to operate in and they will have another go in the domestic market with the launch of Triber MPV
Renault, the largest French automaker globally, has been in India for a while now and tasted its first success with the Duster SUV. Realizing the potential of SUV market in India, Renault launched the SUV inspired small and entry level hatchback Kwid and as expected, it also turned out to be a great success. But that was all about the company’s winning streak in the domestic market.
Both the Duster and Kwid are facing hardship in India owing to a market slump and increasing competition. Also, the product line-up is not as diverse, with only a few cars in the portfolio like Lodgy MPV, that goes against successful Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Mahindra Marazzo. Then there’s the Captur premium SUV that goes against the Tata Harrier and Hyundai Creta, both of which overpower the Captur.
However, Renault has some new plans for India and as per the management during the Triber’s global unveiling, ‘Renault has made some mistakes in India’ and they want to ‘give a second go at the important market like India’. Their go to car for the revival plans in the domestic car market is the Triber MPV. Apart from Triber, there are other products planned for future launches.
Here’s a look at the top 5 upcoming Renault cars in India-
1. Renault Triber
The first car to launch under new-found Renault Aspirations is called Triber, a global sub-4 metre MPV Made-in-India. Unveiled recently at a global premiere held in New Delhi, the Triber is called India’s first modular MPV with the option to remove bench-type third-row seats. With a 5-seat configuration, the boot space becomes industry best 625 litres.
There are also 100 ways in which seats can be altered as per passenger needs. While Renault has not revealed the specs of the Triber, it will be powered by a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre engine and being a sub-4 metre MPV will give it a price advantage. Various media reports suggest that the Triber will be priced under Rs 5 Lakh (ex-showroom) in India.
2. Renault Duster Facelift
India’s first small SUV to offer a 4×4 system, making it the only proper off-road capable small SUV in India will be receiving a facelift soon. The Duster is often credited for starting Renault’s innings in India and for long held this title after being introduced back in 2012. The design and rugged built quality worked in favour of Renault.
However, with growing competition, Duster somewhere suffered a huge sales setback in the domestic market. To revive moniker and poster boy of Renault, the French-company will soon update the Duster with more sporty looks, added features and since Renault has already announced to scrape the diesel engine, a possible small petrol engine.
3. Renault Sub-4 Metre SUV (Unnamed)
To cater to the price-conscious SUV lover market, Renault will launch a sub-4 metre compact SUV, the hottest segment in India currently. However the product is yet to get a name and there’s no timeline put to the SUV. Like Triber, the new SUV will be based on the Kwid on the company’s CMF-A platform.
Being a sub-4 metre compact SUV also means it will be priced highly competitively to attract the buyers. Since Hyundai Venue and Tata Nexon are currently the benchmark for compact SUV segment in terms of pricing (both starts at Rs 6.50 Lakh approx), expect Renault to match the same.
4. Renault Kwid Facelift
The car holding the baton for Renault in India is the Kwid compact hatchback. Launched back in 2015 in a segment dominated by Maruti Suzuki Alto, which also happens to be the largest selling car in India, Renault Kwid did manage to shake the ground of Alto and carve a niche for itself.
However, it’s been long since Kwid received a proper update and with the Alto based S-Presso confirmed for launch, Renault will have to give the Kwid more appeal for the domestic budget car buyers. Expect a more SUVish design, more features like added safety tech and more refined engine.
5. Renault Captur Facelift
Last on our list is the Renault Capture premium SUV, that didn’t receive as much traction as Renault initially predicted. Reason being, the Captur didn’t have that SUV stance and price tag most Indians look for. Now that competition has intensified and Renault has decided to revamp Indian operations, Captur will be given a proper facelift to suit the taste of Indian buyers.