Renault India that recently commenced bookings for the much-awaited Renault Kwid has announced to launch it on September 24, 2015. Expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 3 lakh – Rs. 4.5 lakh (ex-showroom), the Kwid will compete against the likes of Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai Eon and others in the segment. Developed with over 98 per cent localisation, the small car is built on an all-new platform – the CMF-A – that has been jointly developed by Nissan and Renault. The same platform will also underpin one of Datsun India’s upcoming small car.
Powering the Renault Kwid will be an all-new 799cc, 3-cylinder engine, which too has been developed by Renault-Nissan alliance. Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, this engine churns out 54bhp and 72Nm. With a weight around 660kg, the vehicle will surely offer a great power to weight ratio. The company claims that this engine will help the vehicle return the best-in-class mileage of 25.17kmpl. With such an impressive fuel-efficiency figure, the Kwid will also become the country’s most fuel-efficient petrol car.
To be made available in 4 variants – Std, RxE, RxL and RxT – the Renault Kwid will come up with several first-in-class features including Media-Nav with a 7-inch touch-screen display and navigation system, a digital instrument cluster, boot-space of 300-litres, etc. That said, the vehicle misses out on even the most basic safety features. Only the top-end variant of the Kwid will get a driver airbag, and that too as an option. The base variant, even, misses out on the left-side wing mirror. While the safety features look compromised, it’s the design of the Kwid that outsmarts all of its rivals. With a crossover-like design and a high ground clearance, the Kwid looks like a mini SUV.