Renault are currently developing a compact MPV on the Kwid for the Indian market. Codenamed the RBC, the car will be automaker’s second attempt at this segment after the Lodgy. The RBC was recently clicked undergoing testing near the Renault-Nissan manufacturing facility in Chennai.
This prototype was wrapped in heavy camouflage and has an attractive side profile. On the front, we can see a new grille and bumper as well as wraparound headlamps which make it look good. The rear features wraparound tail-lamp clusters and a stop lamp above the tailgate.
Coming to the MPV, it will be based on Renault-Nissan’s cost-effective CMF-A+ platform. It will be a modified version of the successful CMF-A platform which will house bigger vehicles from the automaker. It comes with features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, reverse camera, 15-inch alloy wheels, steering mounted controls, climate control & so-on.
Engine-wise, the RBC will be powered by an updated version of the Kwid’s 1.0-litre petrol engine. Currently, this engine produces 68 BHP of power and 91 Nm of torque, but it will receive a bump in power with the addition of a turbo-charger. The RBC will be available in both manual and automatic transmission options.
Prices are likely to start from Rs. 7 lakh and go all the way to the Rs. 12 lakh for the RBC. This 7-seater MPV will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Datsun Go+ and the recently launched Mahindra Marazzo. Renault will be hoping that people will warm up to the RBC when it gets launched in 2020.
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