French carmaker Renault has been hard at work testing a Kwid-based MPV, codenamed RBC, which is expected to arrive in India sometime in 2019. Now, Gaaadiwaadi has released a rendering imagining what the Renault MPV could look like when it enters production next year.
The rendering shows an MPV with stretched headlights similar to the ones of the Captur with integrated DRLs flanking a blacked out version of the Kwid’s grille. The front bumper also looks to be borrowed from the Kwid though it does look a bit stretched out. The RBC features black body cladding that runs across all sides of the MPV giving it a more rugged look.
The RBC features a tall glasshouse which promises a good amount of room for passengers inside and the squashed bonnet means that the stretched wheelbase can be put to use for more space on the inside. The RBC sits on a set of rather cool black alloy wheels which feature highlights that match the MPV’s colour, which in the case of the rendering seen above is orange.
The Renault RBC will be based on Renault Nissan’s CMF-A+ platform and will measure in at under 4 metres in length to avail the tax benefits on offer. However, the wheelbase of the RBC is expected to be longer than the 2,450 mm wheelbase of the Datsun Go+, which was recently updated for the Indian market. Like the Datsun, the Renault RBC will be a seven-seater though it is expected to offer better space levels for the passengers seated inside.
The Renault RBC is expected to be powered by the 0,99-litre, three-cylinder engine that powers the Kwid 1.0-litre in India. However, Renault is expected to retune the engine to help it power the much larger RBC MPV when it arrives in India. In the Kwid, the engine cranks out 68 Bhp and 91 Nm of torque. The RBC is also expected to be offered with both manual and AMT gearbox options, though if the latter does arrive, we aren’t sure if it’ll get the Kwid’s dial-style unit.