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Renault Kwid 1.0-litre to get ABS and airbags; launch in mid-2016

Renault Kwid 1.0-litre to get ABS and airbags
Renault Kwid 1.0-litre to get ABS and airbags

The more powerful and safer variant would compete with the Alto K10 and Eon 1.0-litre.

Motorbeam reports that the Renault Kwid 1.0-litre variant which is currently under development would be offered with ABS and dual airbags. The existing 800 cc Kwid has started off very strongly but its lack of adequate safety features didn’t go unnoticed.

Reacting to the customer feedback, Renault India is reported to be gearing up to offer these features in the more upmarket variants. Details of the new 1.0-litre engine are still under wraps but durability testing of the variant is said to have commenced already. The new engine is expected to be introduced sometime in mid-2016.

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The safety features will become mandatory in the Bharat NVSAP regulations come into place in 2017.

The 1.0-litre variant of the Kwid budget hatchback will compete with the Maruti Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon 1.0-litre. Light kerb weight and a bigger engine would make the Kwid a very peppy hatchback. The motor would be mated to a 5-MT but there could also be an optional AMT.

Also read – Renault Kwid review

At the time of launch, Renault officials stated that the Kwid’s CMF-A platform is engineered to be compatible with various powertrain options and safety features. However, the French automaker’s immediate focus would be to reduce the waiting period for the popular hatchback by ramping up the production. The company is working with its vendors to increase Kwid’s production by 50% in the next 3-6 months.

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