The car will be built on a new lightweight platform called the V-platform which is to be used on a number of cars including a small MPV and a compact saloon. Although primarily engineered for challenging roads in developing countries, the platform will be modified for western markets where refinement is emphasised.
Engines being considered for the platform include a 900cc, 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre turbo diesel. Combine lightweight bodies with good torque and you have a recipe for great performance and fuel economy. A new CVT transmission is said to have been engineered which will improve driving smoothness as well.