Renault HBC is the new compact SUV that the company is working on against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Renault has been working on several new SUVs for the Indian car market, however one of them will have high levels of localisation. This will be the Renault Kwid-based SUV, HBC.
Renault HBC Platform
This new SUV is based on the CMF-A+ platform. This is the modified version of the CMF-A platform that is used by Renault to build the Kwid. This is the modified version of the CMF-A platform. This has been tweaked to build bigger cars. The CMF-A has been built for small cars only. With this tweak, a sub four-metre SUV can be built on this platform. The Renault HBC will have styling similar to the Captur. This will be the company’s new compact SUV that will be modern, stylish and likeable. The French automaker has already localised this platform, hence manufacturing vehicles on it will be a lot more affordable. The Kwid has 98 percent localisation and this makes it a strong product. Renault will add a lot more products on this platform.
This is the same strategy Renault has used for the Kwid. It is modern, stylish and appealing. It isn’t outdated technology that has been made affordable. Renault has understood how that the Indian car buyers today need a vehicle that is stylish, modern, technology filled and at the same time, light on your pocket. The Renault HBC will be a five-seater SUV that will have spacious interiors and a large size boot. The HBC will have a lot of stowage spaces and it will come with a lot of features too.
Renault HBC Features
The Renault HBC will get features like keyless entry, touchscreen infotainment system, maps, reverse parking camera, dual airbags, ABS, electrically adjustable mirror and then there will art leather seat covers too. The Renault HBC will have five seats and even a large boot. The HBC will even get daytime running LEDs as well.
Renault HBC Engine
Renault is likely to get a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine and for the diesel it could be the 1.5-litre diesel engine. These engines will be powering the HBC and it might be offered with a five-speed manual and AMT options too. The Renault brand is looking at giving a lot of variety to car buyers and the HBC will the its compact SUV. Renault doesn’t have a strong petrol engine at the moment in excess of 1.2-litre and we could expect the 1.2-litre turbo for India. This will help the company to reduce the excise duty and at the same time, use it for exports as well. The company will be need a powerful petrol engine to compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, which is one of the highest selling in the country.
Renault HBC Mileage
Renault HBC Mileage
Renault HBC Price
The Renault HBC will be priced somewhere in the range of INR 7 lakhs to INR 11 lakhs (on-road). This will have a strong petrol and diesel engine to support it.
Renault HBC Competition
This compact SUV will be competing with the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra Nuvosport and the Mahindra TUV300 as well. Then there will even be the Hyundai Carlino that will be entering the Indian car market around the same time.
Renault HBC Launch Date
Expect the Renault HBC to be launched sometime by 2018. In 2017, the Renault MUV will be launched.
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