Renault KWID to enter production: Launch in 2016 to rival Ford EcoSport
Built with inputs from Renault Design team in India, the KWID compact SUV concept which made its global premier at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo in February, is going to enter production. Built for emerging markets like India, once launched, Renault KWID will compete with the likes of Ford EcoSport.
When it was shown as a concept, many thought that the KWID would remain a concept. But, the continuing rise in demand for compact crossovers has pushed Renault to green light KWID production.
In production format, KWID would maintain the overall dimensions, but the exteriors will be slightly toned down. In concept avatar, the KWID is a real off-roader, ready to take on any terrain, but that won’t be the case once a production variant is launched.
KWID is 3600 mm long, and will be powered by a 1.2l gasoline turbocharged engine. One of the interesting features of KWID is the Flying Companion. This is a remote controlled detachable rotor, fixed on the rotating rear of the car’s roof. Equipped with camera, it’s purpose is to offer fun and safe driving experience. Flying Companion can check the road ahead, or click pictures for you of the surroundings, all while you are controlling it from your tablet, sitting inside the car.
Apart from the 1.2l engine, KWID could also use Renault’s new range of small turbocharged engines like 900 cc TCe in two tunes of 69 bhp and 89 bhp. Renault KWID will be launched in a segment below the Captur, which is priced at approximately £14,495 (Rs 14.24 lakhs approx), while price of KWID is expected to be in the £11,495 (Rs 11 lakhs) range for the UK. In India, price of KWID can be expected in the Rs 7 lakh range, owing to local production.
As far as KWID’s India launch is concerned, at the Auto Expo, Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault said, “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. 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.”