Renault RBC is the French automaker’s MPV that is likely to compete with the Ertiga and the Datsun Go+. The RBC is the internal codename. The RBC will be a seven-seater MUV. This will be based on the Kwid platform and it will be coming in next. The car is expected to be a volume churner for Renault and could be a shared product for the Alliance of Nissan and Renault. Nissan had the Evalia and it did not work out in our market. They will want a car like this to get back in the MUV game.
Now the latest with this car is that, it has been spotted testing in India. Here is a spy shot that revels the front of the car. Under the layer of camo, it looks like the car will share it’s headlights with the Kwid hatchback. Also the bumper seems to have a LED DRL in place. The side rear view mirrors are also looking similar to the Kwid here.
Now lets come to the side of the car. On the side this cars roof is very straight and tall. This means that passengers in the third row will also have a lot of headroom. The cars rear also looks a lot more distinguished and the tail lamps look all-new too.
Renault RBC Concept
Designed on the CMF-A+ platform, the RBC will be just around four-metres 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 the high level of localisation.
Renault RBC Launch Date
Mid of 2019, this is when the new MPV is expected. Renault is looking at enhancing its sales network and getting unique products too. With this new product, Renault will be looking at capturing the private taxi market. A good option for city dwellers too. It will enhance the ability to carry more people in a vehicle with a footprint of a hatchback.
Renault RBC Price
The Renault RBC will be priced at about ₹6.5 lakhs to ₹INR 11 lakhs (on-road). This will be a direct competitor to the Maruti Ertiga. As per the reports, this is the exact segment Renault will be looking at capturing. This will be possible as the CMF-A platform has been localized and this will help to reduce the cost and make it better value for money. Instead of getting an all new compact SUV, Renault is looking at exploring the compact MPV slot as there aren’t too many sellers in that segment.
|Renault RBC||Price (ex-showroom)|
|Petrol||₹6.5 lakhs onwards|
|Diesel||₹7.5 lakhs onwards|
Renault RBC Engine
The Renault RBC will have a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and the other engine will be a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The RBC 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.
We can expect features like ABS, EBD and dual airbags offered on this car as standard. Even though it’s a huge ask, four disc brakes would be a welcome addition with the Marazzo being the first car in this segment to get four disc brakes as standard (Innova is in another price range with more features standard) at a low price point.
Renault is looking at adding this new MPV into the Indian car market by mid 2019. This will be the next new product for the brand for next year. It has plans to get more vehicles on the CMF-A platform. After the Kwid this will be the first product for the French company on this platform. The car will sit below the Duster in the Renault line-up.
Renault RBC Features
The Renault RBC will have a lot of features in the offering. This will be the first proper seven-seater MPV that will be under 4 metres. At the moment, there is no other vehicle in this segment. The current and the next Ertiga will be in excess of 4 metres in length and the Datsun Go+ is 5+2 seater. Renault is looking at applying the Lodgy space concept on its all new MPV.
- Touchscreen system
- Navigation system
- Reverse camera
- Steering mounted controls
- 15-inch tyres
- AC vents for second and third rows
- Climate control
- Second row reclining seats
- Third row flat folding
Renault RBC Design
The MPV is bound to pick up it’s styling ques from the Renault Kwid. When it comes to it’s proportions, Renault will look back at the Lodgy for some inspiration in space management. When it comes to proportions it will be interesting to see how the car will look. If it is going to be competing with the Ertiga, it will need to look the part too. But it it is a sub four-meter car it will have to be a major looker and be a better choice to consider than the Datsun Go Plus.
There could also be a use of a lot of body cladding. The exterior should have a tougher look than its rivals. The car is also going to mostly have a fascia that resembles the Kwid in many ways. Color options could have the existing colors that are offered with the Kwid.
Renault RBC Colors
-Ice Cool White
These colors are also available with the Kwid and some of these colors most of them are available with the Renault Captur and the Duster. These color options will also be availabe on the Renault RBC.
This car could also be the second car to get the climber treatment like the Kwid.
Renault RBC Competition
This car will be in direct competition with the Maruti Ertiga and the Datsun Go+. Now there are no plans of launching the Maruti WagonR seven seater in India but with the competition bringing out with such a car, Maruti could rethink their strategy. The car will be a expansion of the Renault line-up that will make the buyer pool more diversified.