The Renault Kwid will be launched for the Indian market in four variants, five colour options and powered by a single petrol engine which has been mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. We have already driven the car and you can find links to the first drive review and video at the bottom of this story.
According to the brochure, the car will be available in four variants – STD, RXE, RXL and RXT. The colour options include silver, grey, white, bronze and the familiar red that we have been seeing in most of the available media. The engine is an 800c three-cylinder mill that produces 53.3bhp@5678rpm and 72Nm@4386rpm. It has been mated to a five-speed manual with the option of a five-speed AMT expected sometime next year.
The top-of-the-line RXT variant on the outside gets body-coloured bumpers, front fog lamps, ORVMs on both sides, black cladding for the B-pillar, black rub rails, tinted glazing and black-coloured steel wheels with plastic cover.
The cabin gets a dual tone dashboard with chrome garnish for the instrument cluster and AC knobs, contoured front seats with outer cladding, foldable rear seats and dark red-coloured contrast colouring for the seat fabrics.
On the convenience front, the features include power steering, power windows, trip computer, lower glove box, rear parcel tray, cabin light with timer, inner release for the fuel lid and tail gate and a gear shift indicator.
The Kwid will feature a first-in-segment touchscreen infotainment system (MediaNAV as Renault likes to call it) and this will be available on the RXT variant.
On the safety front, the RXT will be the only one to be offered with an optional driver’s side airbag. In terms of security only this variant gets remote central locking while an engine immobiliser is standard across all variants except for the base model.
We expect that Renault will price the Kwid in the range of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. It will be their entry into the highly competitive A-segment where it will rival cars like Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Tata Nano and the Hyundai Eon.