After the Nissan Micra, it has been the Nissan Sunny that Renault picked up for adding another model to its Indian port-folio. The Mumbai based design studio cleverly made changes to the outside design and have given a new identity to this sedan, the Scala. The front does look like the Pulse hatchback but overall, its got more street presence than the Sunny. The rear design too sees changes with clever inserts in the tail lamps and the chrome garnish on the boot with the Scala embossing.
The Scala comes with the same 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel motors as the Sunny. However, Renault is offering a segment first CVT transmission on the Scala. It also gets a premium image with standard alloy wheels on all diesel models, leather seats on top end diesel version etc. Prices as expected are slightly above the Sunny.
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Renault Scala PriceList
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Renault Scala Specifications
Dimension & Weights
|Overall Length||4425 mm|
|Overall Width||1695 mm|
|Overall Height||1505 mm|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm|
|No of Cylinders||4|
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Renault Scala Features
|Renault Scala||RxE Petrol||RxL Petrol||RXL Automatic||RXZ Automatic||RxE Diesel||RxL Diesel||RxZ Diesel|
|Airbags||Front Only||Front Only|
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Renault Scala Colors
- Solid Black
- Flipped Grey
- Pearl White
- Metallic Silver
- Metallic Blue
- Metallic Red
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As expected, the interiors of the Scala remained unchanged and same as the Nissan Sunny apart from ofcourse the big Renault logo on the steering wheel. However Renault will also be offering leather seats as optional for that premium-touch. The Scala retains all the plus points of the Sunny in terms of ergonomics, quality and segment leading knee and leg room. Top end versions get rear air blower, steering mounted controls, electronically foldable mirrors, start-stop, rear arm rests etc though USB connectivity for the audio system is sorely missing here.
It was always a known fact that Renault would be keeping the base as the Nissan Sunny and its Mumbai based design studios tweaking the exterior design to give the car a new identity. What we saw in flesh today seemed to have made one thing clear – the overall execution to distinguish the product from the Nissan one is very good, much better than the job done with the Pulse (to distinguish it from the Nissan Micra). The front end of the Scala looks very similar to the Pulse and that is not a bad thing at all. Infact, so good is the design tweak with the new grille and the huge hexagonal black insert, the Sunny in comparison looks a little bland. The Pulse derived headlamps look great too though the side profile of the car remains unchanged. At the rear, thankfully, unlike the Pulse, changes have been done as well with tweaked tail-lamps that have a ‘C’ shaped silver insert / reflector and ofcourse the horizontal chrome garnish with the Scala graving.
The Renault Scala comes powered with the same engine options as the Nissan Sunny which means for petrol heads, the 1.5-litre motor with 99PS of power and 134Nm of torque does duties here. It is extremely efficient with an ARAI rating of over 16kmpl. Interestingly, Renault is also offering a segment first CVT automatic transmission with the petrol engine option. It goes without saying that the diesel will be the higher seller and comes with same 1.5-litre dCi motor as the Sunny that puts out 86PS of power and a very healthy 200Nm of torque. This is a gem of a motor and pulls very cleanly from as low as 1400rpm with minimal turbo-lag. Once past 2500rpm, the engine becomes very strong.
Expect real world fuel economies of 17-19kmpl with the diesel. Renault says that as of now, the diesel will only come the 5-speed manual gearbox with no plans of the automatic transmission in the near future. In petrol expect 12 kmpl in city.Thanks to the X-Tronic transmission in the Scala automatic, it is actually more efficient than the manual varaint. We got close to 13 kmpl in our tests.
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|Renault Scala RxE Petrol||16.95 kmpl|
|Renault Scala RxL Petrol||16.95 kmpl|
|Renault Scala RXL Automatic||15.8 kmpl|
|Renault Scala RXZ Automatic||15.8 kmpl|
|Renault Scala RxE Diesel||21.6 kmpl|
|Renault Scala RxL Diesel||21.64 kmpl|
|Renault Scala RxZ Diesel||21.64 kmpl|
Like most Renault cars, the steering is pretty light without being too over-assisted at high speeds which means it does manage to give you constant feedback at times. Around the flowing curves and corners of the Shimla highway, the Scala did prove to be a decent handler and gives it main role of comfort, this behaviour is completely acceptable. ABS with EBD is also standard across all models. You also get dual front airbags.
The Nissan Sunny was always a very comfort oriented car and this one is no different. The long wheelbase aids in the overall stability and during our high speed drive on the Himalayan Expressway, the Scala remained poised and calm at triple digit speeds. During the drive over some broken patches around Shimla, I personally found the suspension to be a tad better than that of the Sunny and it seems the good guys at Renault had played around with the suspension for extra comfort too.
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