Renault’s Maruti Vitara Brezza competitor is planned for 2019 – Report


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Expected to be priced below INR 8 lakhs.

It was reported earlier this year that Renault is planning a slew of compact models for India, including an SUV, a sedan and and MPV. Now, according to a new report from Economic Times, the compact SUV will go on sale between October to December 2019.

Renault HBC (Renault Kwid-based compact SUV) Rendering
IAB’s speculative rendering of the Renault compact SUV (codename – Renault HBC).

The new compact SUV (codename: Renault HBC) will be based on the CMF-A+ platform, a modified version of the Renault Kwid‘s platform, and will compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport.

B-segment SUVs have been highly successful in India, especially the sub-4 models ones like those mentioned above. Moved by the growing popularity of the sub-compact SUVs in the market, Volkswagen (with next-gen Polo-based SUV), Tata Motors (with Nexon) and Honda (with WR-V) join this league by the end of the decade.

Hyundai, which already sells the Creta in this space, will also bring a new, sub-4 metre model derived from the Carlino (HND-14) concept around the time the HBC is introduced.

Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF platform
The Renault HBC will be underpinned by a modified version of the CMF-A platform, which is said to be named ‘CMF-A+’.

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Whether the Renault HBC will be a sub-4 metre SUV cannot be said with certainty just yet. Changes in the classification of vehicles for taxation to be brought in once GST is implemented could influence this decision.

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[Source: Economic Times]

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