It is a well-known fact that Renault India is preparing to launch a brand new MPV model pretty soon. Still known by its codename RBC, this new upcoming Renault MPV will be hitting the Indian car market by July this year.
The new upcoming Renault RBC subcompact MPV is based on the highly successful Kwid entry-level hatchback. The RBC’s official launch in India will be followed by the launch of the updated models of Kwid hatch and the Duster SUV.
The soon to launch RBC MPV shares the CMF-A (Common Module Family) platform with the Kwid hatchback. However, the platform will be used in a modified version in the RBC. The RBC will also have a longer wheelbase as compared to the Kwid’s and it is thought that it might as well be wider too in order to offer adequate space on the inside in order to accommodate 7 occupants. To extend interior space, the overhangs on both the ends of the vehicle have been shortened as well.
The upcoming new Renault RBC subcompact MPV has been spotted testing on the Indian roads on a number of occasions. The new vehicle model from Renault is likely to flaunt big, sweptback headlights, a patent cascading grille design and LED Daytime Running Lights, at least on the top-end trims.
There are no concrete details about the interior and features of the new RBC. However, it is likely that the RBC will be sharing its cabin design as well as the features list with the Kwid, while few added goodies might be there as. While the interior color-scheme, seat upholstery, and other few changes might be made to make the RBC’s interior look different, most of the parts and features are expected to be similar to that of the Kwid’s. This might mean that the RBC will flaunt the same dashboard design, touchscreen infotainment system and the digital instrument cluster among many others.
Under the hood, the new French subcompact MPV could get powered by Kwid’s 1 litre, 3 cylinder petrol mill that is good to generate a maximum power output of 68 PS along with 91 Nm of top torque. This engine could be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, while an AMT gearbox option is also expected. On the other hand, the RBC might also get equipped with the company’s 1.5 litre K9K diesel motor to offer better performance as a people mover.
While the global SUV craze continues to rage the Indian automotive industry, the MPV segment of the country is plummeting, and only a few star MPV models such as the Toyota Innova Crysta and the new Maruti Ertiga are attracting buyers. However, Renault India chooses to swim against the trend and is coming up with its subcompact 7-seater RBC, which is thought to get very aggressively priced to get the similar success of the Kwid entry-level hatchback. Post launch, the Renault RBC is going to be slotted below the Lodgy MPV. However, as the Lodgy’s sales are really slow, few reports suggest that the new RBC might replace the Lodgy in the French car maker’s Indian portfolio.