Renault Kwid was greatly instrumental in improving the French brand's position in Indian passenger car market. And now, the company is planning on introducing two new models out of which will be a seven-seater version of the Kwid, according to a report on Autocar Professional. Renault might be taking a page out of group sibling Datsuns book, who have the Datsun Go Plus seven seater portfolio. Now while the Go plus has not been a runaway success within urban markets, it still does fair numbers in the rural markets across the country. Launched a little over two years ago, the Kwid hatchback proved successful for Renault but having one model in the segment could hurt sustainable growth, something indicated in the 20% decline in year-on-year sales during April-October 2017. Now while splitting the pie further among the group seems a little odd, it might be an attempt at widening the segment by increasing the products available. Hence, Renault is working on two new models - a seven-seater Kwid and a model based on CMF-A+ platform (bigger version of the CMF-A platform).
"It's clear that we did not create the platform (CMF-A) only for one car. On each platform we can develop a lot of things. Not only because we can use different type of bodies but also because we have a lot of possible branding," Gérard Detourbet, Alliance Managing Director, Alliance A-Segment development unit, told Autocar Professional.
He went on to say that after the seven-seater is launched, there will another car on the same platform. "Yes, we will have more than one model (on the CMF-A+ platform) at the end," says Detourbet.
Detourbet is known as the father of the Kwid and is pleased to watch his pet project gain momentum in more than one market around the world. Brazil became the second manufacturing base for the Kwid. Renault expects the Kwid's sales volumes in South America to be similar to that in India. The Brazilian version of the Kwid is slightly different than the one on sale in India, in terms of structural and safety features in order to the safety requirements of the country.
Renault Kwid sold more than 2,03,000 units in India until the end of October 2017, within a little over two years of its launch in the country. However, the sales dropped by 20% to 52,893 units compared to the same seven-month period last year. The two new models will be crucial for Renault to catch on with the pace India.