Renault India is working on an all-new 7-seater MPV for the Indian market. Codenamed as RBC, it will be based on the CMF-A+ platform, which is a modified version of the Renault’s CMF-A platform that underpins the Renault Kwid. The all-new RBC will be much longer than the Renault Kwid and will also get a longer wheelbase. However, the overall length will remain under 4 meters to get the small car benefit in the Indian market.
Renault is expected to launch the production version of the RBC by the end of 2019. Because the vehicle will be based on the Kwid platform, the design is also expected to be inspired by the Renault Kwid. According to the rendering, the Renault RBC will be quite rugged and will get a black cladding all around. The front and sides get contrasting silver inserts that give it a very premium look. However, the production version may not get any such contrasting inserts to keep the cost low.
The rendering by MotorBeam is based on the test vehicles caught testing on the roads and gets sleek headlamps and a wider grille. As Renault has already seen how muscularly designed Kwid had caught the attention of the Indian market. The same design lines may appear on the body of the RBC when it is launched. The RBC would be much like an extended version of a hatchback and similar to Datsun Go Plus in the Indian market. It will be one of the most affordable 7-seaters in the Indian market.
On the inside, the all-new RBC will feature a premium cabin as seen in the spy pictures. It will get a dual-tone dashboard with a lot of chrome and silver inserts. The top-spec version is expected to get a touchscreen infotainment system just like the Kwid. Renault will also offer front airbags, ABS+EBD and other safety features like the rear parking sensors, speed warning, seatbelt reminder across the variants as standard features due to the upcoming government rule.
The engine specifications of the upcoming Renault RBC is not known. However, a 1.0-litre turbocharged or a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre engine can be expected on the upcoming model. The diesel engine will not be offered on the entry-level MPV. Renault will also offer AMT automatic transmission with the RBC as the automatics are becoming quite popular in the market.
Renault is expected to put a price tag of around Rs. 5.5 lakhs on the upcoming seven-seater RBC, which will put it in the range of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the likes. The Datsun Go Plus, which is built on a similar idea is not doing very well in the market. However, Renault may approach a different strategy with the RBC and offer premium features to attract the young customers. We’ve seen a touchscreen infotainment unit on the test mules of the MPV, and expect more such premium features on this low cost people mover.