Renault could launch the new MPV sometime early next year and is expected to be priced competitively with high local content
Renault is developing a new MPV for Indian market and the test mule was spotted on public road for first time a few days ago, revealing some details about the MPV. IndianAutosBlog has published a rendering of production version of Renault MPV. The upcoming MPV is based on CMF-A+ platform which is a derivative of CMF-A platform of Kwid.
The design of the rendering has taken inspirations from current Renault models. The front gets signature Renault grille with bigger headlamps along with LED DRLs placed on the top of fog lamps. On the side, the wheel arches are bigger but the wheel size could be limited to either 14 or 15 inches depending on the variants and the side design is plain like most of the MPVs.
At the rear, we can expect two piece tail lamp with sloping rear window and number plate is placed on the hatch door rather than on the bumper. The interior design of MPV will be similar to Kwid and Captur with same digital instrument cluster and 7 inch touch screen infotainment system. We can expect Renault to offer climate control, key less entry, push button among features on top end variant.
The French manufacturer is also focusing on interior space as third row knee room is important for the success of MPV among fleet segment buyers. Renault could offer only petrol engine option with new MPV and it could be the upgraded 1.0 L unit from Kwid with added turbocharger to increase power output.
The 1.0 L engine on Kwid produces 68 PS of power and 91 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to 5 speed manual gearbox. We can expect Renault to offer AMT transmission option also as the demand has always been there. The reason for Renault not offering diesel engine could be because the company doesn’t have a smaller diesel engine unit to fit into the engine bay of upcoming MPV.
Most of the MPV competitors offer diesel and petrol engines and majority of customers opt for diesel engine option because of the fuel efficiency and amble torque output. The cost of developing smaller diesel engine is expensive as most of the manufacturers are looking toward hybrid or electric future. We can expect the launch to happen later this year or early next year and it will likely be positioned below Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
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