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Renault announces 8 new models globally, some would come to India

Written by Kanad Kalasur

Renault has announced a new global product portfolio. According to the French carmaker, the company plans to invest Euro 3 billing towards eight future models. One of the key aims of the plan is to double the net revenue per unit sold outside Europe by 2027 as compared with the 2019 numbers.

Renault’s expansion plan : More Details

As part of the plan, Renault will work upon two new platforms. One of these will be a modular one capable of accommodating different powertrains and power sources. Meanwhile the second platform will be the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which will spawn the premium D and E segment vehicles. The latter will be made under partnership with Geely.

Renault Kardian : First amongst 8 upcoming Renault cars

The first of the upcoming Renault models will be the Kardian. It will first enter the Latin American and Moroccan markets. An India launch is expected later as well. This car is likely to get a hybrid engine option with an aim to reduce CO2 emission norms. Renault is aiming to sell 1 out of every 3 cars as an electric or hybrid outside Europe by 2027.

Indian plans from Renault

Meanwhile, the smaller platform will be assembled in Turkey, Morocco, Latin America and India. This will consist of a flexible architecture and support models ranging from 4 to 5 metres in length. Meanwhile, the wheelbase will measure 2.6-3m.

Renault has said that this platform will support internal combustion engines, flex-fuel (E100), LPG, mild-hybrid (48V) and full hybrid. The platform will also be compatible with front-wheel and four-wheel drive. Apart from the powertrains, the new platform will also be compatible with a host of body styles. While the Kardian will be an SUV from the B segment, the Niagara Concept is a pickup vehicle.

That said, Renault has not yet revealed the details of the first car based on this platform.

Renault Niagara Concept

The Niagara Concept previews the future design direction at the French carmaker. Based on the new Renault Group’s modular platform, the car comes with sharp styling. It gets a large grille at the front and Renault lettering at the front. The headlamp unit consists of arrays in an eyebrow shape.

Some of the features of this pickup include high ground clearance, long-trace lines suspension and large break over angles.

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