Keeping its promise, Renault India has launched the Kwid budget hatchback at an attractive introductory starting price of INR 2,56,968, ex-showroom, Delhi (variant wise features are given below). With its latest product, the French automaker is vying to dethrone the long standing small car champion Maruti Alto.
The competitive pricing was made possible by developing the car primarily in India and achieving a local content of 98%. In fact, the Renault Kwid is the most localized car in India. Renault claims that the car will be 19% cheaper to maintain compared to its nearest competitor.
To be made at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s huge Oragadam manufacturing plant, the Kwid is based on a global A-segment modular platform (CMF-A) which has the ability to adopt different top-hats such as an SUV, MPV, sedan and a bigger hatchback.
The Renault Kwid introduces a fresh design approach to a segment which has been churning out dull econoboxes. The striking SUV-like design, helped by generous proportions has nothing to suggest that vehicle was built to cost (save for the tacky looking wing mirrors and lift-up type door handles).
The baby Duster features a squarish nose with prominent grille and headlamps. The car’s 180 mm ground clearance and muscular sheet metal design make it look larger in profile than it actually is. The design is rounded off by a neatly executed rear fascia with simple combination lamps and a black bumper. Top-end variant receives body color front bumper, passenger side wing mirror, hubcaps and foglights.
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The Kwid measures 3,679 mm in length, 1,579 mm in width, 1,478 mm in height and has wheelbase of 2,422 mm. The ground clearance and boot space stand at 180 mm and 300 litres respectively. The hatchback has a fuel tank capacity of 28 litres.
The uncluttered dashboard scores high on design and functionality. The Kwid gets first-in-segment fully digital instrument console and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system housed within a piano black centre console. The chunky three spoke steering wheel and twin glove boxes are the other highlights.
Being a large small car help’s the Kwid when it comes to cabin space, both upfront and at the rear. Depending on the variants, seats with integrated headrests are available in different colors.
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The fully packed variant is offered with body colored front bumper, foglights, hubcaps, optional driver airbag, 7-inch MediaNav infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in, front power windows, central locking, remote key, power steering, foldable rear parcel seats, rear parcel tray, and AC.
Renault is also offering unprecedented levels of accessories across 60 categories for the Kwid.
Engine, Transmission and Mileage
The 799 cc three-cylinder petrol engine breaths via 12 valves and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The motor is tuned to deliver 54 PS at 5,678 rpm and 72 Nm of torque at 4,386 rpm which are at par with the segment.
Light kerb weight of around 660 kg makes the Renault Kwid the most fuel efficient car in its segment with an ARAI certified mileage of 25.17 kmpl.
Variants and Prices
- STD – INR 2.57 lakhs
- RXE – INR 2.89 lakhs
- RXE (O) – INR 2.95 lakhs
- RXL – INR 3.12 lakhs
- RXT – INR 3.44 lakhs
- RXT (O) – INR 3.53 lakhs
The Renault Kwid is available in five exterior color options – Fiery Red, Ice Cool White, Moonlight Silver, Outback Bronze, Planet Grey.
Also read – Renault Kwid vs Maruti Alto vs Hyundai Eon
The car is available with a standard warranty of 2 years/50,000 km. It can be extended to 3 years/60,000 km or 4 years/80,000 km.