The production-spec Renault HBC gets new projector headlamps, twin-slat grille, and DRLs
Images of a partially camouflaged test mule of Renault’s upcoming subcompact SUV, codenamed HBC, have surfaced online. The images finally reveal the face of the car which sports production-spec headlamps, grille and front bumper, indicating that the new sub-4-metre SUV is nearing the production stage. The SUV comes with a sleek twin slat grille, flanked by daytime running lamps, creating the impression of one single element. The production-spec HBC will get a pair of three-port headlamps, equipped with what looks like projector lights, in large black housings. The SUV also gets a wide central airdam with horizontal lines and black underbody cladding. The styling certainly adds an aggressive look to the upcoming SUV.
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The new spy photos also give us a proper look at the profile of the new Renault subcompact SUV, which will come with large silver roof rails. The wheels have been covered, however, we believe the top-end variant of the SUV will come with alloy wheels. Other visual elements visible here include a roof-mounted rear spoiler and a rear wiper. The test mule is also equipped with what appears to be an emission testing apparatus.
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We do not get to see the cabin of the SUV here, however, it will come with a host of smart features like a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and MirrorLink. The SUV is also likely to get a multi-functional steering wheel, premium fabric upholstery, and safety features like – ABS with EBD, dual airbags, reverse parking sensors, high-speed alert, and seat belt reminder as standard.
The upcoming Renault HBC will be built on the advanced CMF-A+ platform that also underpins the company’s current top-seller, the Renault Triber. Thus, the SUV is also likely to borrow the 1.0-litre ENERGY petrol engine that develops 71 bhp and 96 Nm of peak torque, which currently does duty on the Triber. Renault might also equip the SUV with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder engine that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 and could have both motors on offer. Transmission duties are likely to include a 5-speed manual and an AMT unit.
Spy Image Source: Sprintwheelz
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