Renault has been struggling with its products in India. This means a shake up is needed. The company is going to make sure that the brand is now represented in many other segments, be it SUVs and compact sedans. The 2020 Renault HBC comes into the picture with that goal in mind. The brand is going to get the Renault Triber this year and when launched this year, it will be the first new product based on the CMF-A platform. But the Triber is a 7-seater. This new car is going to lead Renault’s interests in the most important SUV segment in India. The Renault HBC is going to be a compact sub-four meter SUV. It will be the car that is expected to sell volumes like the bigger Renault Duster did. The styling will be borrowed to some extent from the Duster and the Renault Kwid. This will make it look like a familiar face from the Renault family.
What is the Renault HBC? What are the specifications expected in this car?
2020 Renault HBC Launch
The 2020 Renault HBC will be launched next year during the first half. We might see it debut as a concept first. The car will be making a debut as a concept first and then a product. It will be shown at the 2020 Auto Expo first. The launch will be before the monsoons begin during the months of March and April.
2020 Renault HBC Price in India
The price of the new Renault will be very competitive. Renault will compete with the Tata Nexon, Honda WRV, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Vitara Brezza and the upcoming Hyundai Venue. This will be a very important segment where Renault can be expected to do decent numbers. The car will be made to compete in terms of space, features and mosl importantly price.
2020 Renault HBC Platform
Designed on the CMF-A+ platform, the HBC will be just around four-meters in length. Renault has been highly successful with the Kwid and the CMF-A platform. The company already has 1.25 lakhs bookings for the Kwid, despite its limited dealership network. The CMF-A+ is a modified platform that can house bigger size vehicles and larger engines. This will help Renault to retain a high level of localization.
2020 Renault HBC Features
The Renault HBC will have a lot of features in the offerings.
- Navigation system
- Reverse camera
- Climate Control
- Steering mounted controls
- 16-inch tyres
- AC vents for second and third rows
- Climate control
- Second-row reclining seats
- Cruise Control
- Parking sensors
2020 Renault HBC Design
It’s too early to comment on design but we can say on this car will be heavily influenced by the Renault Kiwd’s boxy design and the Dusters proportions. Some of the exterior highlights we expect this car will get is – DRLs, Projector headlamps, sharkfin antenna, LED taillights, chrome accents, reverse parking camera, sunroof and diamond cut alloy wheels.
2020 Renault HBC Specifications
The HBC will get the 3 cylinders 1.0-litre engine of the Kwid. It will get a 5-speed manual and AMT too. The 1.5-litre diesel engine could be a second engine option for a diesel variant. The 2020 Renault HBC will be offered with petrol and diesel engine options. The company is looking at adding a lot more options to the transmission. There will be a five-speed manual and AMT as well. The petrol should churn about 90bhp of power and the diesel about 85bhp. These will be offered on the Renault HBC. We can expect features like ABS, EBD and dual front airbags offered on this car as standard.
2020 Renault HBC Competition
The Renault HBC will be competing with Tata Nexon, Honda WRV, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Vitara Brezza and the upcoming Hyundai Venue.
2020 Renault HBC