New Delhi: French carmaker Renault Tuesday said it will launch a new hatchback in India during the Auto Expo in January 2012 that will compete with Maruti Suzuki’s Swift.
The car is specifically designed for the Indian market by its design centre in Mumbai.
“In January 2012 we will launch a hatchback in B to B+ segment and it is specifically designed for the Indian customers by our Mumbai centre,” Renault executive vice president (product planning and program) Philippe Klein told reporters here.
The company will launch the car in segment where Maruti Suzuki India’s premium hatchback Swift is positioned.
Klein said the company will launch its sports utility vehicle new Koleos by the end of 2011.
“After the hatchback, our fourth car for the Indian market will be a SUV and its the Duster. We will launch it in the second half of 2012,” Klein said.
The company has already launched its luxury sedan Fluence in India this year.
The company had earlier announced to launch five vehicles in India by the end of 2012.
All the cars will be assembled at Renault’s Indian facility in Chennai, Klein said.