The Common Module Family (CMF) is the new car architecture jointly developed by Nissan and Renault. Renault Kwid is the first car built on this platform that focuses on minimum manufacturing costs. The latest model based on it is the just-launched Datsun redi-Go. Overwhelming response to the Kwid and a promising start for the redi-Go seems to have prompted the makers to work on a sedan based on this new platform, reports Autocar India.
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, had earlier hinted at new models based on the CMF for India. An upcoming sedan based on the family will be first non-hatchback model from Renault and Nissan's stable to feature this platform. There is no clarity on which manufacturer the CMF-A-based sedan will be sold. The works on the CMF-A based sedan is reportedly in are initial stages, and design centres in India are working on sketches. The car will stick to 180mm ground clearance that proved spot on for Indian road conditions in the Kwid.
The alliance is also reportedly working on a low-cost hybrid system. The under-development hybrid system will be similar to the SHVS system employed in the diesel variants of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Ertiga. It was reported that Nissan is working on a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel engine that can deliver up to 55bhp. The Nissan-developed engine is expected to power a range of small cars of Renault, Nissan and Datsun.