Believe it or not, Renault has one of the most enticing product line-ups in the country. After all, it is Renault that shook the entire industry altogether when it brought the Alto-rivalling Kwid to the entry-level hatchback space. The Kwid was so ahead of its time that it gave the undisputed Maruti Suzuki Alto a run for its money. Of course, Maruti Suzuki followed suit and built a Kwid-rivalling S-Presso very soon, but we’ll talk about that on another sunny day.
And no one can forget the success the Duster gave Renault when it first entered the Indian market. It was the first mid-size SUV in the segment – this wasn’t a different segment back then, apparently – and the only one with the ability to conquer any terrain. It also shook things up a bit when it launched the ultra-spacious sub-4m MPV, the Triber at a price that gave the mid-sized hatchbacks a run for their money.
It seems like Renault likes to shake up every segment it enters with its products, and that’s what makes it one of the most successful carmakers in the Indian automotive industry. To take things further, Renault has a few launches scheduled for this year and, to give you an insight into that, we’ve drafted a list of all the upcoming Renault cars in India in 2021. So, here goes.
The Renault Kiger is one of the most anticipated products for 2021. In November 2020, Renault showcased the concept version of the Kiger, which is all set to make its debut globally in India on January 28. So, it would be the first new product from Renault this year. It is essentially a sub-4m compact SUV, which would share its platform and powertrain with the Nissan Magnate and Renault’s own Triber. Therefore, it would be powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder NA motor (71bhp and 96Nm) and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine (99bhp and 160Nm), both paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. Expect it to feature class-leading equipment and be in the same price range as the recently-launched Nissan Magnate.
2.Renault City K-ZE
Like is the case with every mainstream manufacturer, Renault, too, is expected to jump onto the bandwagon and introduce an electric vehicle to show off its green credentials and in order to reduce its carbon footprint as a brand. The City K-ZE could very well be the first electric vehicle from the carmaker in the Indian market. The City K-ZE is already on sale in the international market and is a slightly modified electric version of the Renault Kwid. Therefore, expect it to be similar in proportion to the Kwid and, therefore, be the most affordable electric car in the country. We expect Renault to launch the City K-ZE in the country by the end of the second quarter.
Yet another affordable hatchback, this time in the territory of the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, the Sandero has very few chances, but if it does, it will shake up the market very well with Renault’s incredible pricing to value ratio. The Sandero is already on sale in the United Kingdom as the maker’s most affordable car model, but don’t mind you it’s not a slouch by any means as the hatchback has achieved 4 stars in adult and Child safety test. It would be powered by a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine (from the Magnite) or a 1.2-litre four-cylinder NA petrol powering the international model.
The Clio is a sub-4m premium hatchback from the carmaker, which, if it arrives in the Indian market, is going to go up against the new Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, and so on. It is expected to arrive in the country by the end of this year. Like the Sandero, the Clio is also on sale in the United Kingdom, where it comes powered by 0.9-litre petrol, 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Expect the India-spec model to feature slightly tamed looks and the same engines as we expect with the Sandero. Also, grab the latest info on the Kia Seltos, only at autoX.
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