The Renault Kwid 1.0-litre for the Latin American market has been unveiled by the company’s global CEO Carlos Ghosn in Brazil. The micro crossover will enter local assembly at Renault Brazil’s Sao Jose dos Pinhais plant later this year.
Earlier, it was reported that the Latin American Kwid would be imported into Brazil from India via CKD route but the final product is reported to be much more stronger and safer than the Indian model which received 0-star rating in Global-NCAP crash tests.
The Brazil-spec Kwid has been tweaked by the Renault Technologies Americas to make it suitable for the local market. In the process of reinforcing the chassis and introducing more safety features, the engineers reportedly added nearly 20% (approximately 130 kg) more weight compared to the India-spec model.
The recent report also suggests that, in Brazil, the Renault Kwid could be offered with standard front and side airbags. The car is expected to receive decent safety rating in the Latin-NCAP crash tests.
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In addition to the 1.0-litre three-cylinder flex fuel engine, the Kwid will also be available with a 800 cc three-cylinder flex fuel engine in Brazil. The most affordable Renault car will be pitted against the recently launched Fiat Mobi in the Brazilian market.
Via – Carplace.Uol.com.br