Spied: Renault sub-4m MPV testing in India

Renault India had announced a few months back that they will be making a sub-4m MPV for our market based on the Kwid’s underpinnings. The Renault Kwid has been a runaway success for the French car maker and the company is looking to build on it with the new MPV. Renault’s upcoming MPV will be based on the CMF-A platform, a new chassis which the company built in conjunction with Nissan a couple of years ago.

Design-wise Renault seems to have followed the same brief given to the Kwid designers. The vehicle looks less boxy and more of a chiseled athlete. There is a LED DRL visible on the lower front bumper while the grille looks inspired from the Kwid. The steeply raked windshield makes one believe that the MPV will be high on space in the cabin. It is likely that this compact MPV may be offered with a conventional seven seat option or just five seats. The sloping roof towards the rear may compromise a bit on the interior space for the third row.

The cabin is expected to carry forward the functional attitude of the Kwid but with some panache. Auto climate control, touchscreen infotainment, push button start, power outlet source and height adjustable driver’s seat can be expected. A second row of AC vents too can be expected. ABS, dual airbags and rear parking sensors will come as standard.

As far as engines are concerned, Renault will likely use the 1.2-litre petrol engine from the Pulse. This engine makes 75PS and will be uprated to produce around five horses more. This will be to compensate for the additional weight of the MPV. Renault will also use the 1.5-litre diesel engine from the Duster here but only in 85PS guise. This is, if the engine does fit under the bay.  Both the engines will be mated to 5-speed manual transmissions while an AMT too cannot be ruled out for either engine.

Prices for the Renault MPV will start from Rs 5.5 lakh, going all the way to the Rs 8 lakh mark. At this price point, it undercuts the Duster while being significantly expensive than the Datsun Go+. It doesn’t have much competition given that all the sub-4m MPVs right now in the Indian market are almost a decade old. The Renault MPV will go on sale sometime later this year.

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