The new Renault Kwid has been launched in India. The new Renault Kwid price in India starts from Rs 2.83 lakh and goes all the way to Rs 4.84 lakh, ex-showroom. Renault has opened bookings for the new Kwid while deliveries will start from Dussehra. There are many changes in the Kwid and it feels like an-all new model.
Tell us more about the changes in the new Renault Kwid
For the record, the Kwid is trying to mimic the styling adopted by SUVs like the Tata Harrier, MG Hector as well as the Hyundai Venue. This means a bunch of headlights on the lower side of the bumper while the DRLs are where you expect the headlamps to be. In a traffic skirmish, it is likely these will be the first contact points and may not withstand the impact. Could prove to be a costly affair. That being said, the bumpers are now pedestrian protection compliant. This means less injury to the pedestrian in the unfortunate event of a crash. The car is also compliant with side impact collision. Speaking of which, the Kwid doesn’t get alloy wheels even in its top trim. Only the Climber trim gets it. Like the Triber, Renault is making clever use of wheel caps which look like alloys. This is cost saving but thoughtful engineering too.
Inside, the Triber influences are obvious. The Kwid gets a full digital speedometer (same as before), however there is also a tachometer now. The Renault Kwid also has a 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, again borrowed from the Triber. One still cannot adjust the driver’s seat or even the steering wheel. There are decent storage spaces around the cabin and Renault still provides rear power windows (hello, S-Presso). The boot space is the same at 300 litres.
In the new Kwid specifications, Renault is still offering the same set of powertrains – the 56PS/72Nm, 800cc and the 69PS/91Nm, 1.0-litre. The latter can be ordered with an AMT while a 5-speed manual is standard. The Kwid is still BS-IV compliant, however claimed fuel efficiency is a notch lower than before. This is due to the increased weight. Renault says that the Kwid will become BS-VI compliant around April 2020.
Only the Climber trim gets dual airbags as standard. Speaking of which, the standard fare includes a driver airbag, front seat belt reminder, rear parking sensors, speed warning and rear parking sensors. Renault offers a rear-view camera on certain trims. This one is nestled in the Renault losenge. The New Renault Kwid will compete with the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso as well as the Datsun redi-Go.