Here is Gaadiwaadi’s exclusive render of the upcoming 7-seater Renault Kwid MPV (codename – RBC) to show you what the upcoming model could look like
Renault India will launch a Kwid-based 7-seater MPV in the coming months. Currently known only through its codename, RBC, the new model will be positioned under the Duster SUV in the company’s lineup. As per our sources, the Renault Kwid to Renault Kwid MPV conversion won’t be like a Datsun Go to Datsun Go-like affair.
The Renault Kwid MPV, at best, will utilize only the front fascia of the hatchback. Other that this, it will get a distinctly MPV-ish silhouette. That said, the company will use plastic cladding, faux skid plates, and roof rails to give a slightly rugged touch to the design. On the inside, it is likely to get the same dashboard. A set of stylish alloy wheels will give the MPV a dynamic look.
The Renault Kwid MPV (RBC) will be underpinned by a modified version of the Kwid’s CMF-A platform. To be called as the CMF-A+’, the new platform will be longer and slightly wider to accommodate the larger dimensions of the MPV.
However, the overall length of the vehicle will be below four-metres to help it benefit from the lower excise duty. Also, the company is likely to give the MPV additional structural reinforcements to comply with the stringent safety norms that get into effect on July 1 2019.
Powering the Renault Kwid MPV will be available with a petrol engine only. It will get a turbocharged version of the Kwid hatchbacks’s 1.0-litre SCe petrol engine. Currently, in the naturally aspirated state, the three-cylinder motor outputs 68 PS and 91 Nm. The turbocharged version will offer much higher power and torque outputs to make up for the extra weight.
Standard safety features across all the trims of the 7-seater Renault Kwid MPV will include driver’s side airbag, ABS, speed sensing door locks, impact sensing door unlock, speed alert system, and reverse parking sensors.