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19 June 2013

Renault Scala diesel gets new base variant

Just in case you thought two variants were one too few, Renault will now offer a cheaper variant of the Sunny clone

Amaan Ahmed
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Renault has, very merrily, picked up the Nissan Sunny, given it a generous helping of chrome and a mild redesign to offer us the Renault Scala. In a choice of six variants, that too - two petrols, two diesels and two automatics. If you wanted a diesel Scala however, you had to opt for the mid-spec RxL trim. Clearly, someone asked Renault if they could plonk the diesel motor into the base RxE-spec car. And Renault did.

There is now a RxE diesel available off the shelf, and at a price of Rs 8.26 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), is roughly Rs 50,000 cheaper than the RxL (which costs Rs 8.76 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai). For the drop in price, you also miss out on quite a bit of kit that you would find on the RxL - climate control, front passenger airbag, electrically-adjustable ORVMs, drivers seat height adjust, steering-mounted audio controls, rear defogger, anti-theft alarm, alloy wheels, they're all gone.

What it does get is a driver-side airbag, ABS with EBD and BA, a stereo, rear AC vents and anti-pinch power windows all round, apart from offering the usual tidbits.

Is it too much of a compromise for only Rs 50,000 less? Have your say, good folk of



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