Upcoming Renault MPV is expected to boast first-in-class features in a competitive price range to attract high volume
Renault has big plans for the domestic market and it is evidently working on a brand new seven-seat MPV based on the Kwid. Having been spotted testing a few times already, the French manufacturer is expected to price the model affordable to have a distinct advantage in the segment.
While the MPV space has largely been explored, the price factor has always been a key point of authority. Even Renault has a bitter taste with it as the Lodgy remained unsuccessful when Ertiga posted top-notch volumes. The latter has mustered nearly 5,000 unit sales on average monthly in the last one year while Lodgy struggled with lukewarm numbers.
As Maruti Suzuki prepares to unleash its new generation Ertiga with bigger dimensions, revised exterior and a new interior by the end of this year, momentum will further be in its favour. The Innova Crysta, on the other hand, is registering steady sales since entering India over a couple of years ago in the premium MPV segment.
Renault appears to be targetting a much lower price bracket with its new MPV codenamed RBC and will be hoping to supplement its volume aspiration with the Kwid small hatchback. It will be produced at Renault-Nissan alliance’s facility in Oragadam, Tamil Nadu.
It will likely have high local content to be priced aggressively against Datsun’s GO Plus MPV. Thus, expect a starting price at around Rs. 4.5 lakh and it may go all the way up to Rs. 7 lakh for the top-end variant (ex-showroom). Part of its high localisation will be due to the CMF-A+ platform it is based on.
The spy pictures do indicate a well-proportioned profile with tall pillars and large windows for good road visibility as well as the interior room. Moreover, the front end will adopt design cues from the latest global models with a set of sharp headlamps and bumper likely in the production frame.
While the Go Plus MPV will become slightly more premium in its soon-arriving facelift, Renault could up the game in this manner and introduce a raft of segment-first features just as it did with the Kwid when it was first launched. It could only be retailed with a small capacity fuel-efficient petrol engine with five-speed manual and AMT options.