Renault RBC MPV confirmed to launch in H2, 2019

19/01/2019 - 16:30 | ,   | Yatharth Chauhan

Renault has confirmed that it will launch the RBC MPV in India in the second half of 2019. The entry-level people-carrier is likely to have a base price of around INR 4.5 lakh (ex-showroom).

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The Renault RBC will compete with the Datsun GO+ sub-4 metre MPV.

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Spy media has revealed that the Renault RBC carries the company's signature V-shaped radiator grille, which is flanked by a pair of small headlamps that have a curvaceous shape. While the new model's first spy image revealed that the mid-section of the bumper has an LED light strip, pictures from subsequent sightings have shown an absence of this arrangement.

The new model will measure less than 4,000 mm in length, which should help it benefit from the lowest GST for petrol and diesel passenger vehicles. The low-cost MPV will be underpinned by the Kwid's CMF-A platform, not the earlier rumoured CMF-A+ platform.

The Renault RBC will not be powered by the Kwid's 1.0-litre SCe or Nissan's HR12DE 1.2-lite naturally aspirated motors. Instead, it will be propelled by a turbocharged version of the former. Transmission options will comprise 5-speed manual and automated manual.

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The Renault RBC will share the CMF-A platform with the Renault Kwid.

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It is worth noting that the CMF-A platform-based Kwid has scored an appalling 1-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash tests.  The Renault RBC, however, should perform much better owing to a stronger structure and a long list of standard safety features. To meet the more stringent safety norms that come into effect in the coming months, the new model will have to be equipped with a driver's side airbag, front seat-belt reminder (SBR), ABS with EBD and BA, and rear parking sensors as standard equipment.

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