Renault-Nissan to launch Creta-rivalling SUVs and entry EVs starting 2025
The Renault-Nissan alliance today announced its next big push for the Indian market with six new model launches planned from 2025. These products are part of a new Rs 5,300 crore investment with three models each coming from the Renault and Nissan brands
Renault-Nissan C-segment SUVs details, launch date
The main focus of this push is to make headways into the C-SUV segment where Renault-Nissan has been stark in their absence since the Duster. The alliance will launch four SUVs in this segment across the two brands. The two core products will compete at either end of this segment, with one product possibly rivalling the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and the Skoda Kushaq. The other product should be a three-row model to compete against the Mahindra XUV700 and the Tata Safari among others.
A chunk of the investment will go into modernizing the Renault-Nissan plant. These products will be heavily localized for the Indian market and will be exported as well. The playbook seems to be the same that the firm followed with teh Kwid and the Kiger/Magnite. It seems that the CMF-B architecture will be heavily localized and an Indianized version of the upcoming third-gen Duster will be sold by the two brands.
Unlike earlier, the Renault and Nissan SUVs will not be badge-engineered but will be significantly different visually much like the Kiger and Magnite. As for powertrain choices, these will still be petrol-powered but since the architecture is ready to support hybrid and electric powertrains those options will be considered depending on market trends. The first of these SUVs will launch by 2025.
Renault-Nissan A-segment EV details, launch date
The other prong of this model offensive will be an A-segment EV. In all likelihood, this will be the Kwid EV that is already available in China as the City K-ZE and in Europe as the Dacia Spring EV. However, for India, there could be notable upgrades made to the styling and advancements in the meantime could also lead to greater range than the current version. As with the SUVs, this EV too will see a Renault and Nissan versions which will be significantly differentiated. This EV will compete with the likes of the Tata Tiago EV and the Citroen eC3.
No launch timeline has been set yet but these EVs could be launched following the first of the EVs post-2025.
Nissan X-Trail, Qashqai, Juke India launch, Triber-based Nissan MPV
While Renault-Nissan readies these high-volume products, the company will still consider the X-Trail, Qashqai and Juke SUVs that were showcased last year. It still isn't clear how committed Nissan is to launching one or all of these vehicles since the company now says that these were mainly for customer studies. But there is still some chance that at least the X-Trail could be launched here as a halo product until locally-developed models arrive. The company has also not ruled out the possibility of introducing a Triber-based derivative under the Nissan brand.
Dacia Bigster Concept SUV unveiled, previews new range-topping SUV
Renault Kwid-derived Dacia Spring EV hatchback unveiled in Europe
Nissan India unveils its future plans, Nissan X-Trail to be the first of many to be available
Starts Rs 9.99 Lakhs
Starts Rs 11.99 Lakhs
Starts Rs 4.5 Lakhs
Starts Rs 10.5 Lakhs
Starts Rs 14.99 Lakhs
Starts Rs 4.6 Lakhs