Renault Kwid managed to create a buzz at the time of its unveil, for it’s a micro SUV at Maruti Alto’s price. As we wait eagerly for its launch, a pair of test mules have been spotted testing in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu.
Since the prototypes are not camouflaged, we get a fair idea on how Kwid looks in real world conditions. It has to be said that despite its A Segment positioning, the budget car has a stance of a small SUV with amiable design. Only the slim tyres which are used in the interest of fuel economy appear out of place.
Unveiling the car last month, Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan Allicance, revealed that the locally developed Kwid will have a price range of INR 3-4 lakhs (ex-showroom) which puts its right in the middle of Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon territory. At 97%, the baby Duster is the most localized car in India.
Power comes from a 800 cc three-cylinder petrol engine, also locally developed. A 5-speed manual gearbox will drive the front wheels and there would also be an AMT at a later stage.
With an appeal of a crossover and a price tag that matches India’s best selling car, Renault Kwid seems to have got its recipe spot on. It will be interesting to monitor its reception and progress in Indian market.
Via – Motorbeam.com