Renault is serious about upping its ante to broaden their portfolio by diversifying into the compact sub-4 meter MPV segment.
Recently, Renault's forthcoming sub-4 meter multi-purpose vehicle, tentatively titled as RBC, was sighted in a disguised form near the Renault-Nissan production site in Oragadam – an industrial area on the outskirts of Chennai, India. Though it is hard to derive any details or come to a conclusion with what we got to see, the spied images available reveal its distinctive MPV side profile.
From the looks of the spotted test mule, it seems to have a noticeable front grille and a set of wraparound headlamps. It also comes with wraparound tail lamp clusters and a high-mounted stop lamp at the top of the tailgate at the rear. This test vehicle was seen running on steel wheels and tyres that seem slightly undersized for its segment size.
With the introduction of this MPV segment in their line-up, the French carmaker has decided to give hinged swing doors to the RBC on the lines of sliding door system offered so far only by Maruti Suzuki in the Indian market.
If reports are to be believed, the new MPV will most likely run on a new version of the Renault Kwid's ‘CMF-A+’ platform and on a comparatively longer wheelbase. It’d measure just short of 4,000 mm to avoid high GST charges.
Unlike the engine offered in the Kwid, the RBC could be powered by a turbocharged 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine.
The likely competition for Renault RBC will be from its sister brand Datsun’s GO+, which is touted to get refurbished avatar this month with features like driver airbag, reverse parking sensors, speed alert system, and seatbelt reminder for the driver and front passenger as standard. Expected pricing could be around INR 4.5 lakh (ex-showroom).