The Nissan Micra EV and the Renault 5 will both be built on the new CMF-BEV platform.
Nissan will replace the Micra hatchback in the international market with an all-new electric model. While the Nissan Micra was phased out of India a few years ago, a replacement was introduced in other markets, and the Micra will now be replaced by an all-new CMF-BEV platform-based model.
The Micra replacement will be based on a new electric vehicle platform shared with Renault, as part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s EUR 23 billion investment in electrification over the next five years. According to the Alliance partners, the new Micra will share the planned new CMF-BEV platform with the upcoming Renault 5. According to the Alliance, the platform will launch in 2024 and will be able to accommodate enough batteries to provide a range of around 400 kilometres. It will eventually be used to build 2,50,000 Nissan, Renault, and Alpine vehicles per year.
In comparison to the current platform used by the Renault Zoe and the Nissan Leaf, the brands have confirmed that this new platform will reduce costs by 33% and power consumption by 10%.
The CMF-BEV will be one of five electric platforms launched by the Alliance, following the CMF-EV platform, which underpins the delayed Nissan Ariya SUV and the new Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric for international markets.
One platform is dedicated to vans, while the others are for Japanese-style micro Kei cars and the low-cost CMF-AEV platform, which underpins the Dacia Spring city car, which is similar to the Renault Kwid available in India. According to the Alliance, 35 new cars will be based on the five platforms by 2030.
“This all-new model will be designed by Nissan, engineered and manufactured by Renault using our new common platform, maximising the use of our Alliance assets while maintaining its Nissan-ness,” Nissan’s chief operating officer, Ashwani Gupta, said.
In recent years, the three companies have struggled to find common ground as they tried to align competing demands, but they have now stated that shared electrification goals will bring them together and increase joint investment.
Renault-Nissan India is a joint venture between Renault and Nissan.
While both brands currently sell a variety of vehicles in India, they are all built in the same plant near Chennai. Renault and Nissan also use India as a major export hub. In terms of electric vehicles, neither Renault nor Nissan have announced plans to introduce them in India.