Renault has planned to shake up the Indian SUV market with a slew of launches. The company plans to take the number of products in the SUV space to six by 2020. These include sub-compact, compact and full size SUV’s. In line with these plans is a sub-compact SUV based on CMF-A(Common Module Family-A) platform. The car is supposed to be based on the Captur, which is essentially a bulked up Clio.
The vehicle has been codenamed ‘HHA’. The HHA will target the likes of the Mahindra XUV500 and the forthcoming Honda BR-V, apart from compact SUVs like the Hyundai Creta. The Captur currently sits 4.12 meters long which will have to be trimmed to avail benefits under the compact car criteria of the Indian government.
“The new premium SUV (HHA) is an emerging market derivative of the Captur. It is based on the Logan M0-B platform, with a highly successful European styling and it will have an all-new longer body for markets like India, Russia and Brazil, and meet the practicality of seven seats,” said people familiar with the development.
The engines on offer would most likely be the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel mill currently doing duty on most other products from the automaker.
The Renault Captur based SUV will be seen on Indian roads by the end of 2017 and will be followed by two other compact vehicles, SUV and MPV based on the CMF-A platform. All these vehicles will be slotted between the entry level Kwid and the Duster at different price points.
The share of Renault Duster has shrunk to about 7% from the 10% a few months ago due to the heat from the likes of Hyundai Creta and Ford EcoSport. The French manufacturer has planned a major facelift for the Duster in order to thwart the competition and regain its market position.