After a long wait, the Renault Kwid will finally make its debut in India. It has an SUV like stance with bold body lines and a big front grill with the French’s insignia. The entry level hatchback will challenge the Alto 800 for its throne of the A segment and is well prepared to do so. It might be the baby renault but in no way, does it look the part. A lot of the design elements seem to be borrowed from its elder brother, the Duster.
Kwid is powered by a 3-cylinder, 799cc engine which produces 54 bhp and 72Nm of torque. This powerplant is mated to a 5-speed MT with well optimized gear ratios to suit city driving.
Renault is currently one of the mass-market/budget car players in the Indian market without a vehicle in the A-segment. Its alliance partner, Nissan, had launched the Datsun budget brand in 2013 and currently has two vehicles with this moniker. Looking to join the fray, Renault has unveiled a new small car called the Kwid.
Price and competition
The Kwid will be available in four variants – standard, RXE, RXL, and RXT and five colour options. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh and will compete with the Chevrolet Spark, Tata Nano, Datsun Go and the Hyundai Eon. It will be launched later this month or early next month.
The cabin looks surprisingly premium considering this an A-segment car. There is a lot of component sharing with the bigger cars in Renault’s range and the result is a piano black cabin with chrome inserts that look upmarket.
As for variants, there will be Standard, RXE, RXL, and RXT versions on offer. The top-spec RXT gets a fully digital instrumental cluster, remote keyless entry, Media-NAV infotainment system, front power windows and air conditioning as standard. Other features include front fog lamps, integrated roof spoiler, body-coloured bumpers and black decals on doors.
The Renault Kwid has lines similar to that of the Datsun GO but now gets body cladding, flared wheel arches and a forward leaning stance giving it a muscular appearance. It is the first car in the Indian market to debut the French automaker’s honeycomb grille and new headlight design featuring a C-shaped chrome trim. It gets an aggressive front bumper design that extends outwards and in the top spec variants houses the fog lamps.
The side profile reveals the heavily flared wheel arches and forward leaning stance. The windscreen sharply rakes towards the rear. There is plastic cladding at the base of the doors which are the colour of the wheel arches and basically serve the purpose of rub rails.
At the rear, the glass section is small and slopes forward while there is a sharp lip on the middle of the boot door. The plastic cladding sits right below the boot door and houses the number plate. Renault has given the Kwid a small spoiler which we believe will be standard across all variants.
Engine and gearbox
The Kwid is powered by a 799cc three-cylinder unit that produces around 50bhp and 72Nm of torque. Power will go to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. There will be no diesel model but a 1-litre model with higher power figures will arrive later in the car’s lifecycle.
This 12-valve engine has been newly developed for the Kwid, keeping in mind the car’s lightweight nature. The Kwid, in fact, is the lightest car in its class and performs well both in terms of drivability and efficiency.