Renault RBC compact MPV to launch in India in the second half of this year
It has been known for some time now that Renault is working on a new compact MPV model specifically for the Indian car market. Still codenamed as the RBC, this new MPV model is based on the Kwid’s platform and has been spotted several times while testing the roads of India. As per the records, Renault India is going to launch the RBC MPV within 2019, in the second half of the year.
Renault India has also already confirmed that the RBC MPV is on the anvil and that it is an entry-level MPV model that is meant for the mass market. The RBC will be a sub-4 meter compact MPV model that will entitle it to excise duty benefits for small cars and the least GST cess for petrol and diesel passenger cars. As already mentioned, the RBC will share its underpinnings with the Kwid entry-level hatchback, which is the French car maker’s low-cost CMF-A platform. And it is not underpinned by the CMF-A+ platform as some reports said earlier.
As per the several spy images of the new Renault RBC subcompact MPV, the model comes with a trendy and attractive exterior design language. It is expected to be quite an eye-catching small people mover going by the spy shots, although it has always been caught with thick camouflages on. The MPV model’s front fascia will be flaunting Renault’s signature V-shaped front grille flanked by a set of stylish petite headlights. However, the latest spy pictures show that the test prototype didn’t carry the LED strips that were spotted in the earlier spy shots. This could mean that the production version of the MPV might not come with LED DRLs, or it might be that only the top of the range model will be flaunting it, we think it is the latter.
The upcoming new RBC subcompact MPV model is expected to be getting powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.0 litre SCe mill that powers the Kwid 1.0 liter version. The transmission duty will be performed by a conventional 5 speed manual unit, while an automated manual transmission option is also expected just like the Kwid’s. Although the Renault RBC MPV will be sharing the same underpinnings with the Kwid hatchback, the first is said to be safer than the latter. This is because the MPV will be endowed with a more rigid structure, and is also expected to come with more safety equipments.
Renault will be concentrating on the RBC’s quality and safety due to the more stringent safety norms that will soon be implemented in India. On the safety front, the RBC is likely to come braced with a driver’s side airbag, ABS with EBD, brake assist, front seat-belt reminder and rear parking sensors as part of the model’s standard package across all variants.
Apart from a trendy exterior design, well-appointed cabin with interesting features and additional safety features, the upcoming RBC MPV is also expected to come at highly aggressive price point to entice the Indian buyers. The Renault RBC is expected to come with an attractive starting price range of around Rs. 4.5 lakhs.