In the Renault Group of companies, Renault India ranks 7th, as far as sales are concerned. This has been made possible only due to the new Kwid. Yes, the new small car from Renault India has succeeded in unsettling the small car stronghold of Maruti Suzuki India.
Offered in a choice of petrol 800 cc and a 1.0 liter engine option, Kwid sales today average at about 10,000 units a month. This when you consider the fact that Renault India’s monthly sales are about 13,000 units. You get the picture, that how important new Kwid is for Renault India.
First launched back in September 2015, the new Kwid was only offered with a 800 cc petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Today, the Kwid is offered with a 1.0 liter engine option as well. This option comes mated either with a 5 speed MT or a AMT gearbox. Kwid AMT was launched a few months back, and as expected, has brought a boost in sales for Renault India even further.
Until now, the 1.0 liter option was offered only with the top-end RxT trim. Renault India has now announced the launch of 1.0 liter variant with manual as well as AMT gearbox with the RxL trim as well, making it more affordable for customers who want the more powerful variant of Renault Kwid. Price of Kwid RxL starts from INR 3.68 lakh, ex-Delhi.
The 800 cc engine is rated to deliver 53 bhp @ 5678 RPM and 72 Nm @ 4386 RPM while the 1.0 liter mill delivers 67 bhp @ 5500 RPM and 91 Nm @ 4250 RPM. Mileage claimed by the manual variants stand at 25.17 kmpl, 23.01 kmpl, while the AMT variant claims to deliver 24.04 kmpl.
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Loaded with best in class features, and offering more space than any other car in the segment, Kwid sales continue to increase. The Renault Kwid has surpassed 170,000 bookings so far in India, meaning that the waiting period now extends up to 9 months in some cases. Overall sales of Kwid in India have crossed the 1.3 lakh mark.