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India-made Renault Kwid base model spotted in Paris

 
Renault Kwid spied in Paris

The budget hatchback which has been developed primarily for emerging markets is not going to be launched in Europe anytime soon.

A right-hand-drive Renault Kwid has been spotted without any camouflage in Paris. The black bumpers strongly indicate that it’s a base model.

Though the Kwid is described by the company as a global model, it’s far from launching in Europe due to various reasons, not the least of which is the 0-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash test.

Renault Kwid crash tested by Global NCAP

Renault is currently working on improving the Kwid’s safety standards.

The car could be in Paris for development and testing purposes. Renault India’s MD recently stated that the company is working on improving the Kwid’s safety credentials. He was confident that the improved version of the car will meet or exceed the upcoming Bharat NCAP crash test standards which will be applicable for existing car models from October 2019.

Exports of the made-in-India Kwid have already commenced this month with Sri Lanka as the first market. Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan where the market conditions and safety regulations are similar to those of India will get the car shortly. Renault India is also reported to be considering markets like South Africa, Iran, etc.

Also read – Renault Kwid debuts in Sri Lanka

Renault hasn’t confirmed its plans to launch the Kwid in Europe. If at all the car does land in the old continent sometime in the future, it would pack more powerful engines, additional equipment and enhanced safety package.

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