Renault RBC test mule suggests an upmarket interior with dual-tone dashboard and use of silver and chrome trims
We brought you pictures of the upcoming Renault MPV a few weeks ago and now a new test mule caught in Jaipur let us into its interior. For starters, it will more likely be the most affordable MPV ever from the French auto major in India, and will be positioned below the rather underwhelming Lodgy.
Despite the Lodgy’s lackluster sales, Renault has reasons to cheer about considering the success of the second generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, as it shows the underlying potential within the segment. Renault is expected to slot what has been codenamed the RBC well below the Ertiga seven-seater to have a distinct advantage price wise.
The sub-four-metre MPV is believed to sit on the updated version of the Kwid’s CMF-A+ platform. With Kwid being the only huge mainstream success for Renault, the utilization of its architecture is a no-brainer. It will help in heavy localisation of the MPV that will in turn favour an aggressive price bracket of around Rs. 5.5-8.5 lakh (ex-showroom) in our opinion.
Back to the recently spotted test prototype, the interior does show a two-tone theme applied onto the dash with silver garnish in the AC vents and steering wheel area. It appears to have a touchscreen infotainment system sitting in the middle and it could be the same seven-inch unit found in the facelifted Datsun Go and Go+ with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with voice commands.
It doubles up as a display for reverse function directed from camera with guidelines. The instrument panel and gear lever appear to have chrome surrounds as well. It will offer standard airbags, ABS, seatbelt reminder and speed alert warning sticking by the stringent safety standards. Expect the Renault RBC to go on sale in mid 2019 as the testing continues ahead currently.
It could derive power from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with five-speed manual and AMT transmission options. It is the same powertrain found in the Kwid with an added turbocharger to suffice the needs of the segment. It could be tuned to return high fuel economy of over 20 kmpl.