GoMechanic in October 2019 reported that Renault is working on an all-new compact sedan that will rival the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Aura and Honda Amaze in the Indian market. The compact-sedan; codenamed Renault LBA might just be launched in Indian very soon.
According to reports, Renault is planning on aggressively pricing the sub-compact sedan according to the very competitive sub-4-metre sedan category in India. The price range for the Renault LBA can range between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom). This pricing, if came true will seriously give the Maruti Suzuki Dzire a run for its money.
The Renault LBA compact sedan will be based on Renault’s CMF-A (Common Module Family architecture) platform on which the Triber MPV is based on. This same platform will also feature in the upcoming HBC subcompact SUV. This modular architecture is jointly developed by Nissan and Renault via their Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. It’s compatible with multiple body style and powertrains and helps reducing manufacturing costs.
The new Renault LBA sedan might feature the TCe100 engine which is a 1.0L, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (same as on the existing Triber MPV). The 1.0-litre engine produces a maximum power of 99bhp and a peak torque of 160Nm mated to a manual or an AMT gearbox. It is expected that the same powertrain will be used in the upcoming Renault HBC compact SUV.
While the official launch details for the Renault LBA is yet to be announced, we speculate that it will hit the Indian market sometime in 2022. It might as well be showcased at the Auto Expo 2022.
Renault is planning to locally manufacture the LBA sedan in the vision of exporting the car to markets like Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia.
Renault’s new compact HBC SUV is all ready to go on sale across India during 2020 festive season. Renault aims to sell 50,000 units on an annual basis. More in the French carmaker portfolio is an electric iteration of the Kwid hatchback; called the Renault K-ZE. Renault showcased the Zoe and Kwid electric cars at the recently-concluded Auto Expo 2020