2023 Renault-Nissan India Confirmed
Renault-Nissan has disclosed its future product roadmap for India and has started work on introducing up to three new models in our market after a period of no new announcements. As previously reported, an investment of almost Rs 4,000 crore will support this new India product strategy (USD 500 million).
In 2013, Renault introduced the first-generation Duster in India, where it was marketed until 2020. The second-gen model, however, was only available outside of India. By 2025, Renault will introduce its brand-new third-generation SUV, which hasn’t yet been unveiled.
The new Duster will be constructed on the substantially localized CMF-B modular platform, which Nissan and Renault jointly developed and which is anticipated to support a number of models from each company. On top of the Duster, this platform will also support a brand-new SUV. This new SUV could take a lot of cues from the next Duster.
The new Duster will essentially be the Dacia Bigster in manufacturing form (seen in the image). The SUV, which will be available in five- and seven-seat configurations, will go up against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Maruti Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder, Hyundai Alcazar, and MG Hector Plus on the market.
The CMF-B platform will be updated to accommodate India and other low-cost markets while maintaining its future-proofed. This indicates that it will enable electrification, including hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) powertrains, and comply with current and emerging safety regulations. The previous M0 platform, which supported models including the Terrano, Duster, Captur, Lodgy, and Kicks, was unable to do this.
Based on the CMF-A+ platform of the Renault Triber, Nissan will launch an entirely new MPV in India with the intention of boosting foot traffic at its dealerships, which presently exclusively offer the Magnite SUV.
On the basis of the CMF-AEV platform, both brands are also thinking about developing a brand-new entry-level EV for India. In Latin American countries, businesses already provide the Kwid E-Tech EV.
The 2023 Renault-Nissan partnership anticipates that India will be a significant market for both local and export sales. The advantages of Renault leaving Russia during the invasion of Ukraine will be felt in India when previously planned investments are reallocated, as we had previously indicated in the August 2022 edition of Autocar India. Additionally, a few years ago Renault left China as well, making India an even bigger priority as a result.
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