Renault stumped the competition and the automotive pundits with the launch of its smallest car, the Kwid. The French manufacturer launched the Kwid at a lowly 2.57 lakh. While Maruti Alto800 is priced between Rs 2.52 lakh and Rs 3.72 lakh, Hyundai Eon is priced between Rs 3.10 lakh and Rs 4.27 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The small car will be available in 6 variants with prices going up to Rs 3.53 lakh.
“We are not launching a car but a new era. With Kwid we are launching a new benchmark for automotive industry. No car can be compared to Kwid at this point in time,” Renault India Operations, Country CEO and Managing Director, Sumit Sawhney, said.
The Kwid will come with an 800cc engine to start with and later on 1.0-liter engine with an option of AMT. The 800cc mill will have a power output of about 57bhp which, for a few, might seem less. It must not be forgotten that this is a small car with mileage more of a concern than performance and with a total weight of just 660 kg to move around, it should make for a peppy little engine.
One look at the interiors and we know Renault have challenged the competition with arguably the best in class interior. Renault seems to be understanding the mindset on Indians totally, the proof of which, is the integration of 7-inch infotainment display on the dashboard.
Measuring 3680mm in length and 1580mm in width, the 2016 Renault Kwid will be the most spacious vehicle in its segment. It will also have the segment-leading ground clearance of 180mm, which is, in fact, more than several crossovers/SUVs in India. The boot space is 300 litres which can be increased to 1115 litres once you flip the rear seats. The ARAI mileage on the Kwid is a healthy 25. 17 kmpl.
Developed and designed completely in India with an investment of around Rs 3,000 crore, the SUV-shaped small car will serve as entry point for Renault in India. That place was occupied by Pulse at Rs 5.03 lakh. The company is looking to make India a regional hub for exporting the new car.
Renault Kwid Introductory Prices:
STD : Rs 2,56,968
RXE : Rs 2,88,960
RXE(0) : Rs 2,94,960
RXL : Rs 3,11,664
RXT : Rs 3,44,131
RXT(o) : Rs 3,53,131