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The new Renault MPV (based on the entry-level Kwid) has been spotted testing once again on Indian roads. At this point, not much is known about the upcoming 'Renault Kwid MPV', but reports say that it is codenamed as 'RBC'. The French automotive company already sells the Lodgy in the MPV market.
The picture shows the Renault RBC MPV in heavy camouflage, and reveal minimal details. However, we can make out how big it is compared to a Maruti Brezza (which conveniently happened to be at the front).
Though it is based on the Renault Kwid's CMF-A platform, the RBC is seemingly larger in proportion. The ‘CMF-A+' platform which it underpins allows for a higher wheelbase, as well.
The overall styling, on the other hand, should be similar to the Renault Kwid, especially at the front. The interiors might look totally different.
On the equipment front, the new Renault MPV will have the basic safety essentials, a touchscreen infotainment system, push-button start, etc. In short, it will have enough to showcase a good competition to the Maruti Ertiga.
Since the 1.0-litre petrol engine does not make sense for the MPV's size, the existing 1.5-litre diesel engine (with an output of around 85bhp and 200Nm) would be the probable choice. This engine does duty in a lot of Renault-Nissan products, including the new Nissan Kicks — read the review.
Prices of the new Renault RBC MPV should be in the range of Rs 7 – 11 lakh ex-showroom. We expect its launch to happen sometime in mid-2019.
Thoughts On The New Renault Kwid-Based MPV
The MPV market has become quite active recently with the launch of the new Maruti Ertiga; a cheaper alternative to the likes of the Mahindra Marazzo and the Toyota Innova Crysta. The upcoming Renault MPV aims to be just that, and in the coming days, more details will be shared.