We reported earlier that Renault is readying a turbocharged version of the existing 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine. The new engine will power the Triber MPV and the upcoming sub-4 meter SUV, codenamed HBC. Set to rival the Hyundai Venue and Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Renault HBC compact SUV will be launched in the mid-2020.
The new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is called the TCe 100. It is capable of producing 99bhp of power and 160Nm of torque. This is significant increase over the existing 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. In the current form, the powertrain produces 72PS of power and 96Nm of torque.
The turbo petrol engine will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. It is yet to be confirmed whether automatic gearbox option will be offered with this engine. The company could introduce the CVT unit instead of the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). Interestingly, the Triber 1.0L naturally aspirated model will soon receive an AMT gearbox. In fact, the Triber AMT has already been showcased to public at the 2020 Auto Expo.
Renault has already started testing the HBC compact SUV on the Indian roads. It will be based on the CMF-A modular platform, which underpins the Triber as well as the Kwid. It was speculated to make global debut at the 2020 Auto Expo, that didn’t happen. It is likely to share some of the design cues from the Triber and Kwid, along with Renault’s global SUVs including Captur and Duster.
Renault will also introduce the upgraded Duster SUV in the country in the next couple of months. The existing diesel model will be discontinued as Renault decided not to upgrade the 1.5L K9K diesel engine for the upcoming BS6 norms. It will be powered by a new 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder turbo direct-injection petrol engine that churns out 156bhp of power and 250Nm of torque.