French car manufacturer Renault has been in the country for a while now. One of the most popular car they offer here in India is the Kwid hatchback. Kwid recently got a facelift months ago and that has helped Renault to maintain the sales number in the highly competitive budget hatchback segment. Renault is also working on a new compact SUV for Indian market.
This Compact SUV is based on CMF-A platform and will compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue. The CMF-A platform is the same platform on which Kwid hatchback and Triber MPV are built. Just like Kwid, the new compact SUV from Renault is also supossed to be a global product. Here we have a speculative render from Kleber Silva which shows how this upcoming sub-4 meter compact SUV might end up looking like.
First things stands out in this rendered image is the paint scheme. The artist has chosen to go with a mustard yellow paint job which resembles a lot with the paint scheme in a Triber. The front end of the new compact SUV which Renault for time being calls HBC SUV looks a lot like Triber. Those upswept headlamps, big imposing grille and a silver color faux skid plate to complete that SUV look. The roof gets a black finish with rails on them. The alloy wheels and the cladding on the wheel arches give it a proper SUV stance. Images of the rear are not available as of now, so it is totally left on our imagination to figure out how it would look like.
Talking about the engine part, none of the vehicles using CMF-A platform uses a diesel engine. (Kwid and Triber). They are all currently powered by a 3 cylinder, naturally aspirated units. One is an 800cc unit that makes about 54 Bhp-72 Nm, and the other is a 1 liter unit with 67 Bhp-91 Nm. Renault has also indicated that it is clearly moving away from diesels from April 2020, when the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms come into force. What this also means is, the Renault HBC compact SUV will be a petrol-only offering. Possibly, CNG and LPG options could be offered in future. It remains to be seen if Renault chooses a naturally aspirated or a turbocharged unit for the HBC SUV. The Renault HBC compact SUV is likely to be launched in India next year.