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French automaker Renault is opening more than a new chapter in its international history. As per an announcement it will launch eight new models by 2027, some of which will be introduced in India.

This is backed by a reported €3 billion investment, which promises to boost the brand’s performance. Renault is aiming for a double net revenue per unit sold outside Europe in 2027, compared with 2019.

It has commissioned two new platforms. First is a new modular platform, which will be flexible and capable of using multiple powertrains and power sources. This will be dedicated to four different regions; Latin America, North Africa, Türkiye and India.

The second will be a Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform dedicated to the more premium D and E segments. This will be made in partnership with Chinese car major, Geely. The latter will make the bulk of the new models planned.

The Kardian, is the first of the eight models that will enter the markets of Latin America and Morocco, as early as next year. India will likely get this later. With an aim to reduce CO2 emissions, Renault is planning to introduce hybrid powertrains for the future line-up, alongside electric models.

The smaller, new Renault Group modular platform will be assembled in Latin America, Türkiye, Morocco and India. It uses an adjustable and flexible architecture which allows for a large variety of models with lengths between 4 and 5 metres with wheelbase from 2.6 to 3 metres. Unlike pure electric powertrain, Renault says this new platform is designed to accommodate everything from ICE, flex-fuel (E100), LPG, mild-hybrid advanced (48V) and full hybrid, for both front-wheel and four-wheel drives. It will also allow varied body styles to be designed around it.

While the Kardian is a B-segment compact SUV (Creta sized), the Niagara Concept, is a pick-up powered by a new E-Tech hybrid 4WD technology.

Renault sold 634,124 units in the international market in 2022. Five of its top ten markets were outside Europe last year: Brazil (#2), Türkiye (#4), India (#5), South Korea (#8) and Colombia (#9).