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Renault Kwid in Brazil to be safer than Indian Kwid, gets 4 airbags, ABS

Renault Kwid Safety Brazil

India-spec Kwid only gets driver airbag, but no ABS.

After made in India Renault Kwid failed the Global NCAP safety test miserably, a concerned consumer in Brazil, questioned the safety of Renault Kwid which will soon go on sale in Brazil. 

In its reply, the local subsidiary confirmed that the Brazil-spec Renault Kwid will be equipped with 4 airbags. In addition to the airbags, Renault Brazil also assured that the local version of the Kwid will also have a stable structure.

Renault Kwid Crash test

India-spec Renault Kwid Crash test by Global NCAP

The India-spec car which has an optional driver airbag in top-end model received 0-star rating in frontal off-set crash test. It was deemed unstable in the report. Global NCAP is reported to test another batch of Indian cars in the near future including an improved version of the Kwid.

The Brazil-spec Renault Kwid will be available with flex-fuel versions of the 0.8- and 1.0-litre engines. The former will employ a standard 5-MT while the latter will also come with an optional AMT (Automated Manual Transmission).

Renault Kwid waiting period

The Fiat Mobi competitor is expected to make its Brazilian debut in the second half of 2016, possibly at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in November. The Renault Kwid will be assembled in Brazil with CKD kits sourced from India (then why the difference in quality?). The SUV-ish budget hatchback is estimated to have a starting price in the vicinity of 30,000 reals.

Crash test video of Kwid

Upcoming Renault Kwid 1.0-litre – Photos


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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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