The Renault HBC compact SUV is likely to be unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo
Renault is going through tough times in India. The sales numbers are continuously going down and its latest product – Captur SUV failed miserably in the market. In order to improve sales, Renault is planning to enter into new segments and aiming to cover at least half of the Indian auto market.
The company will launch the new Renault Triber 7-seater MPV in the country in mid-2019, around July-August. This model is based on the CMF-A modular platform that also underpins the Kwid hatchback. Adding to it, the French automaker will give major updates to its popular cars – Kwid and Duster. Both these models will arrive before the end of 2019.
Renault is also developing a sub-4 meter SUV, codenamed HBC for the Indian market. This model will rival the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and the upcoming Hyundai Venue. However, it is expected to be priced much lower than the competition and will arrive as an affordable alternative to the existing cars. Similar to the Triber MPV, the Renault HBC will be based on the low-cost CMF-A platform that also underpins the Kwid.
The Renault HBC will be heavily localised and is likely to be priced very competitive. It is expected that the company would strengthen the platform to clear the mandatory crash test norms. The small SUV is most likely to be offered in petrol version only. The Renault HBC will receive the turbocharged version of the 1.0-litre petrol engine, which will be compliant with BSVI emission norms. Both manual and AMT versions are likely to be on offer. The Renault HBC compact SUV is likely to be unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo in the concept form.