The 2020 Renault HBC is expected to launch around mid-2020. Renault will showcase the near-production-ready model of the HBC at the 2020 Auto Expo. Renault’s first sub-compact SUV will go on sale in a few months after the public reveal.
The 2020 Renault HBC could be priced between Rs. 6.0 lakh and Rs. 8.0 lakh.
The Kwid has style and features working for it while the Triber has space and price on its side. We know that all cars in the sub-4m SUV segment are about the same in length so they offer adequate space in the cabin and boot. They also wear proportionate SUV/crossover lines and there isn’t a particularly bad-looking option in the segment.
We think the HBC will use the price card to undercut its rivals just like the Triber. Its price tag may make it a notable and affordable option in the crowded subcompact SUV segment.
The 2020 Renault HBC SUV is likely to be based on the Triber’s platform. Renault may, therefore, use the Triber’s 1.0-litre petrol engine as well with the 5-speed manual transmission. This will mean that the HBC will be able to undercut its competition by a healthy margin by offering a smaller engine. But, it seems okay considering that a long list of features in an SUV body style is in high demand. Most buyers aren’t all that fixated on the engine part as long as the performance is adequate for the city and occasional highway run.
The 1.0-litre petrol engine in the Triber makes 72PS of power at 6250rpm and 96Nm of torque at 3500rpm.
The Triber is expected to soon get a 5-speed AMT automatic. The HBC could also borrow it from the Triber as AMT is a norm in this class.
We can expect the HBC to have a good fuel efficiency figure as it’s likely to use a smaller petrol engine. We expect the figure to be around 20kmpl, which could instantly put it at the top of its class.
In terms of features, we can expect the usual suite for the category like:
In addition, we believe that the HBC may bring reclining and sliding rear seat feature of the Triber to the HBC. Thus, this could become the only car in its segment to offer sliding and reclining rear seats.
We may even see electric sunroof and cruise control in the higher variants of the 2020 Renault HBC.
The Renault HBC will compete with Honda WR-V, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon.