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Renault XBA • Price, Variants & Specifications

With a goal to become the leading mass-market and budget-friendly car player in the Indian scenario, is trying to join the A-segment. While its alliance Nissan can already boast of two such vehicles with the Datsun brand of budget-friendly cars, Renault is looking to take the market by storm with a crossover based on the hatchback model known as Renault XBA. It is a very compact hatchback. 2014 Auto expo saw the release of this five-seater crossover that has come into existence. Based on the CMFA platform, this car will have a mass production at Chennai. The XBA will also be known as the Renault KWID.

Renault XBA price and variants

The Renault XBA is the classic budget-friendly car that comes in the range of the middle class.  With an expected budget of 2.5-4.5 lakhs, it is expected to create quite a stir among the common people. Also, the car, as of now, is available only in the hatchback model. Other variants are yet to be announced. The car will fight out for a position in the market with Chevrolet Spark, Hyundai Eon, Datsun Go and Tata Nano.

Expected Price View Rs. 2.5-4.5 lakhs approximately

Exterior

With similar exterior lines to that of Datsun GO from Nissan, the Renault XBA takes a step forward with body cladding, muscular appearance and wheel arches with flare. Coming with the classic honeycomb grille from Renault and incorporation of the brand new headlight design, the car is making quite an appearance in the market. The front bumper takes an aggressive stance and fog lamps are housed in the front with top specifications. The door bases come with plastic claddings matching with the colour of wheel arches and are nothing but rub rails. The windscreen has a sharp tendency towards the rear. The rear has a small glass section with a slope forward. The boot door comes with a sharp lip. The plastic cladding houses the number plate and it also has a small spoiler. The spoiler is the standard one across all Renault cars.

Interior

The Renault XBA comes with a similar interior to that of Pulse. All of these, in fact, are extracted from the Micra model of Nissan. The feature list, although, varies significantly. The layout remains the same. The instrument cluster goes completely digitized and a customized Media-NAV infotainment system helps to keep up with the technological advancement of the vehicle industry. The front windows are electrically powered and the car also accommodates an AC. Among all the features, the Media-NAV system is going to be an elite feature. It will be only available for the best models.

Engine and specifications

The engine comes with a capacity of 800cc. It will consist of a three-cylinder system. The power rating comes at a decent 50 HP and torque generated will be around 90 Nm. With a basic five-speed manual, power has a smooth flow across the wheels and the front wheels deserve a special mention here. With a possible debut of AMT straight out of the Renault-Nissan storehouse, the car looks forward to add a new dimension in an already competitive world of budget-friendly cars. There are no models as of now with diesel as a fuel option but it is expected that after the initial release, a model with an engine capacity of 1.0 litre and better power figures is going to arrive later, presumably six months. Also, a current survey is going on to understand the ripples of the customers. Based on the demands, a CNG model has also been planned. The rest will shape out according to the customers’ demands.

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