After the success of the Triber in the 7-seater SUV segment, Renault has an intention of penetrating into the sub-4-metre compact SUV one with the launch the HBC, which will be an affordable sub-4-metre compact SUV.
Renault is developing a sub-4-metre SUV, codenamed HBC, that it will launch by the end of this year. The new SUV will borrow the CMF-A platform from the Triber. In terms of pricing, it will be positioned between the Mahindra KUV100 and the likes of Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza. The Renault HBC will be the first sub-4-metre compact SUV for the Indian auto market from the French automaker. The new SUV will target the affordable end of the SUV segment, which means that it will have the lowest price among all compact SUVs available in the country. Also, it could become an ideal option for B1-segment customers who give affordability a priority over features.
Renault HBC - Spied testing at a speed of over 120 kmph
Although the Renault HBC was missing from the 2020 Auto Expo, earlier spy images and videos have revealed some important features of the new SUV. Accordingly, the production-spec model will feature a high bonnet, two-tier LED headlights, V-shaped radiator grille, floating roofline, 16-inch alloy wheels LED tail lamps, and a rakish back glass. All of these contribute to the sporty appearance of the SUV. In terms of the interior, the new SUV is expected to be equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, fully digital instrument cluster, rear air-conditioning vents, etc.
Although the powertrains of the new HBC have not been revealed yet, the low-priced SUV will be powered by an HR10 1.0-litre turbo three-cyl gasoline burner. In the international market, the motor is available in two versions: 1.0-litre turbo-petrol with 100 PS/160 Nm) and a direct-injection 1.0-litre turbo-petrol with 117 PS/170 Nm. The transmission duties are undertaken by a 5-speed MT/CVT unit.
The Renault HBC will borrow the platform from the Renault Triber.
Besides, the French carmaker will also launch a sub-4-meter sedan next year, which will compete against the Maruti Dzire. The sub-4-metre Maruti sedan has dominated the Indian sedan segment in the past few years and is still at the top of the sales chart. The affordable price will give the Renault sedan a clear advantage over its competitor. An electric version of the Kwid is also in the pipeline and has been showcased at 2020 Auto Expo. The EV has already been offered in China. Once launched in India, it will become the first EV in the country from Renault and will compete against the Mahindra eKUV100. Nevertheless, the former will be more competitively priced and equipped with fewer features.