We had reported earlier, that Renault will be introducing five new models in India in the next five years which we speculated would include a C-segment sedan. The sedan will be a replacement for the Scala and is predicted to be the latest version of the Logan. However, this vehicle will come with a Renault badge and in all possibility could be the Symbol sedan which has now been spotted in its latest generation (sans camouflage) in Brazil.
The Symbol in this third generation sports the Renault family face. The C-shaped LED DRLs have been incorporated into headlamps with the characteristic grille completing the fascia.
The Symbol utilises Renault’s very-own B0 platform and if it makes it to India it will help Renault save the dependency on Nissan. So Renault could price its new C-segment sedan competitively and have the freedom to localise the car according to Indian demand.
The Symbol makes use of the same 1.6-litre K4M as the Duster in the petrol variant whereas the diesel guise has the 1.5-litre dCi engine. When launched in India, Renault is expected to offer it with the AMT (automatic transmission). Expect the interior of the sedan to be similar to that of the Duster. And it will come loaded with all the standard features expected from a C-segment sedan.
The Renault Scala has never really able set the sales figures on fire, and so the new competent sedan is the way to go for the French automaker. The Symbol may or may not be introduced in India with the same name, but this sedan will slot in under the Duster in Renault’s line-up.
Expected price for the C-segment offering from Renault is approx. between Rs 6-8 lakh as it will take on the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Nissan Sunny, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Volkswagen Vento.