Renault Koleos, custom Duster and KWID concept at Auto Expo
Renault India at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo has on display the all new Duster special edition along with the KWID concept and Koleos facelift. Here’s a closer look at the features of all three cars, along with hi-res images clicked at the Delhi Auto Expo.
Renault KWID new vision looks into new market needs. The robust, hight connectivity concept vehicle meets young customers in new markets, and is designed by an international team for international markets, including inputs from Renault Design India.
Featuring a Flying Companion for safe driving experience, Renault KWID is the first Renault concept car to be unveiled outside Europe. It showcases Renault’s commitment to India. Renault KWID concept car is a keen car that appeals in the compact car segment.
Renault KWID using the‘Explore’ petal of Renault’s lifecycle-based design strategy highlights very short overhangs leaning on the impression of a bouncing vehicle. Oversized protruding wheels past the fenders make KWID look like a buggy car.
Protective guards and chunky wings lend to strength. The 2WD transmission sits in the facade of an off-road vehicle. In the interior, the KWID cocoon is inspired by a bird’s nest. KWID seats are suspended over a solid base in white in a 2-tone elastomer material to enhance lightness and brightness. KWID rear air conditioning controls are on the driver seat’s back, and ventilation is through concentric perforations. Dashboard integrated tablet navigation commands of the Flying Companion complement KWID’s innovative styling.
Flying Companion can be operated in one of 2 modes, automatic mode in pre-programmed flying sequence, and GPS location, as well as the manual mode so the companion is controlled using a tablet in the vehicle. Flying Companion can be used to scout traffic, take landscape pictures and detect obstacles, and more.
“Customers in new markets are much younger. Their expectations are different and customers are basically gamers. They tend to take a closer interest in technology and want to enjoy themselves. This concept car meets those needs in a variety of ways, but mainly thanks to the Flying Companion which makes driving both safe and fun. This is the very first time in the long automotive history we can dry on earth with an eye in the sky. It’s an amazing feature!” said Serge Mouangue, Brand Manager and LCI Manager.
Renault KWID is Z.E ready with a charging plug behind the Renault logo. Powered by the latest-gen downsized 1.2 litre petrol turbocharged engine mated to a dual-clutch transmission for low fuel consumption. KWId also features electric operated front bench seat on a centre rail, electric opening doors, LED lighting, lack of gearshift and command keys next to the steering.
A vertically-mounted TFT touchscreen display acts as the dashboard as well as providing access to connected services. KWID interior is designed by François Grenier (Technocentre Design, France) based on original drawings by Mishu Batra (Renault Design India) and exterior by Anton Shamenkov (of Russian origins, Technocentre Design, France) based on original drawings by Jean Semeriva (Studio Design Brazil).
Colors and materials of the vehicle were worked upon by Neha Lad (Indian trainee, Technocentre Design) and developed by Chie Yanagisawa (Japanese designer, Technocentre Design). Axel Breun (Technocentre Design) was the overall Project Manager.
“Renault Design is a highly international team with studios in France, Romania, Brazil, Korea and India. This concept car is a reflection of the distinctly international flavour of our design network,” said Laurens Van Den Acker, Head of Industrial Design.
“This is the first time we have chosen to reveal a concept car outside Europe and this is an eloquent sign of our commitment to India. Young customers in India are often trend setters, looking forward to pushing the envelope when it comes to technology and enjoyable drives. The KWID, with its Flying Companion, meets this forward-looking spirit with both its dynamic styling and hyper connectivity,” said Gilles Normand, Senior Vice President, Chairman of Asia-Pacific Region, Renault S.A.S.
The KWID meets the needs of Indian drivers. The compact 5-seater is great for a family. Multimedia dashboard and Flying Companion combines connectivity and technology. Lightweight interior design is beneficial in warm weather conditions.
KWID’s 2-tone body color in satin grey body colour and textured grey for functional parts alongwith golden yellow aids contrasting roof and air intake. Yellow inserts on wheels, lower doors and perforated parts are easy to spot. The colour scheme sticks close to Renault Group corporate colors and in reference to India, grey represents the soil, yellow and gold symbolize flowers and spices.
Seating is unheard of with 3 passengers in front, and the driver seat in the middle ( a little in front), and 2 backseats. The central driving position ensures a right path for both right hand and left hand drive markets.
“Renault has seen unparalleled growth in India in just under 3 years and the market is set to continue playing a significant role in the company’s global strategy in the years to come.” said Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault Operations in India. “The reveal of the KWID in India – the first such unveil outside Europe, as well as its design keeping in mind the young customers in India illustrate our strong commitment to the country.”
The New Koleos was shown today after its recent launch. New Koleos features all new dCi diesel engine with max power of 173 PS. 6-speed automatic 4X4 transmission system adds to the range that also includes 4X2 and 4X4 manual transmission options. It wears a new chrome front grille stylish chrome side protectors, silver satin roof rails, LED equipped indicators on door mirrors and new 17 inch two tone alloy wheels. Fuel efficiency stands at 17.15 kmpl in 4X2 manual option, 16.26 kmpl in 4X4 manual option and 14.56 kmpl in 4X4 automatic transmission guise. Renault Koleos is is available at a price of Rs 22,32,999 (4X2 MT), Rs. 25,13,999 (4X4 MT) and Rs. 26,18,999 (4X4 AT) (at Delhi ex-showroom).
The pavilion also showcases a custom Renault Duster among other Renault cars sold in India. This new Duster edition features extra cladding of plastic, smoked headlamps and inbuilt driving lamps.