Renault will soon launch the Triber MPV, which will be based on a modified platform of the Renault Kwid. Soon, the French manufacturer will launch a sub-4m compact SUV based on the same platform, which will become the brand’s first-ever sub-4m compact SUV in the Indian market. Codenamed as HBC, the all-new Renault HBC will be launched in the Indian market sometime in 2020. While it is not known what the production version of the car will look like when it launches in the Indian market, there is a speculative rendering that gives us a fair idea of the production version of the upcoming SUV.
The rendering image has been put up by MotorBeam and it indicates the production version of the HBC pretty well. Currently, the sub-4m compact SUV segment is populated thickly and two all-new SUVs were launched earlier this year. The competitors of the Renault HBC include Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Mahindra TUV300 and newly launched Mahindra XUV300 and the Hyundai Venue. Soon, Maruti will also launch the facelifted version of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza with a petrol engine. The all-new car is expected to get minor updates on the exterior too.
The Renault HBC will get the same CMF-A+ platform that underpins the upcoming Triber MPV. The rendered image shows that the production version of the car is expected to be heavily inspired by the Triber. However, Renault will make it look much more intimidating and will add thick cladding all around to ensure that gets the brutish look. The Renault HBC is likely to get rear styling inspired by the Captur, which is currently the most expensive vehicle of the brand in India.
The interior of the upcoming HBC is likely to be similar to the Renault Triber. It will get a similar dashboard with a fully digital instrument cluster. Also, the all-new SUV is likely to get the same infotainment system as the Triber. Safety features include four airbags, ABS+EBD, rear parking sensors, seat belt reminder, speed alerts and reverse parking camera.
The engine details are not known yet. However, Renault is expected to use a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. The all-new engine is expected to debut the HBC in the Indian market. The power is expected to be around 90 Bhp while Renault will offer both manual and AMT automatic transmissions with the car. Since the BS6 emission compliance will be in place, Renault is not expected to launch a diesel engine option with the upcoming sub-4m SUV. The new vehicle is likely to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo in the Indian market and the launch will happen by the end of next year.