We have reported earlier that Renault is working on a new compact SUV, codenamed Renault HBC. According to a latest media report, the new compact SUV from the French carmaker will debut in its near production avatar at the Delhi Auto Expo 2020 in February. Measuring sub-4 meter in length, the Renault HBC will be based on the CMF-A platform that also underpins the Kwid hatchback and the upcoming Triber 7-seater MPV.
In the compact SUV space, the Renault HBC will face challenge from cars like Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. In terms of pricing, it’s likely to undercut most of its rivals thanks to the low-cost architecture and local manufacturing.
The Renault HBC compact SUV could be offered with petrol engine only. It might get the Triber’s 1.0L petrol engine that’s good for 71bhp and 96Nm of torque. This gasoline motor, with a 5-speed manual and an AMT gearbox, returns mileage around 20.0kmpl. Report further suggests that Renault might use turbocharger to boost its power and torque outputs. Read – All-New Renault Duster Might Get A New 1.0L Turbo Petrol Engine
Similar to the Renault Triber MPV, the HBC compact SUV is likely to meet the new safety norms. Its all variants might get dual airbags, reverse parking sensors, reverse parking camera, ABS (anti-lock braking system), speed alerts and seat belt reminders as standard safety fitments.