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INDIA: Renault to expand UV range

By Graeme Roberts | 14 October 2015

Renault plans to expand its utility vehicle (UV) range in India to half a dozen vehicles by 2020, a media report said.

The company plans to launch a SUV, codenamed HHA and based on the Captur, in October 2017, and a redesigned Duster in 2018, ET Auto.com reported. Before then, the automaker plans to launch an MPV and an SUV based on the Common Module Family-A (CMF-A) platform. Both are expected to be priced between INR500,000 (US$7,680) and INR1m.

An ET source said: "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."

IHS Automotive senior analyst Gaurav Vangaal said sales of utility vehicles in India are expected to surpass 1m units by 2020. Over 50% would be compact SUVs.