Friday, 22 May 2015

Renault Introduces Kwid to challenge the fate of Maruti Alto

The Most desirable car outs now, yes we are talking about the new entry in hatchback called Renault ‘Kwid’ The Kwid is a smart looking budget hatchback, with compact proportions, affordable pricing and distinctive “SUV inspired styling” , all of which collectively promise to carry the Duster’s legacy forward.

The Kwid is based on Renault-Nissan’s CMF-A platform and takes cues from bigger Renault’s in terms of design. With the hatchback measuring 3.68 metres in length and 1.58 metres in width, the French automaker says that the Kwid is ideal for zipping around the city with a ground clearance of 180 mm and the high driving position ensures great visibility for the driver.

The front fascia is characterized by a structured grille running dual slats, which highlight the French manufacturer’s diamond shaped logo. The bold grille, according to Renault, “emphasizes the model’s SUV credentials”. The large headlamps incorporate the brand’s new lighting signature including a ‘C’-shaped chrome trim.

The side profile is accentuated by the black plastic cladding on the wheel arches and doors for the rugged feel. The rear gets a nicely sculpted hatchback friendly appearance with sporty body coloured rear spoiler while the black bumper is added for an SUV-like appeal. The car rides on 155/80/13 tyres wrapped around steel rims and gets wheel covers but cost cutting has been done as it uses 3 lug nuts.

Renault Kwid receives quality interiors with features that are generally seen in models in the higher segment. For example, it receives infotainment features will include Media Nav multimedia and navigation system with a large 7” touchscreen display and Bluetooth connectivity. Instrumentation is completely digital, with a centrally positioned speedometer reading out velocity, flanked by a fuel gauge on the right and tell-tale lights on the left.

Renault is pretty serious about making headway into the Indian market, which happens to be one of Renault’s priority markets, along with Russia, Brazil and China. To be built at Renault-Nissan’s production plant in Chennai, the Kwid was designed with significant inputs from Renault Design India’s Mumbai center, along with the Renault-Nissan engineering and purchasing centre and the Technical Business Centre India (RNTBCI).

Renault says that the Kwid comes with the best-in-class knee room and load capacity. In terms of power, the small car will be using the newly developed 800cc three-cylinder petrol engine and will be offered in manual and AMT versions right from the start. In terms of safety, the hatchback gets a driver-side airbag as optional. Exact fuel efficiency figures and power outputs are yet to be disclosed, but Renault claims that the Kwid will deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency. When launched in India during the second quarter of 2015, in and around Diwali, the Renault Kwid is expected to retail for INR 3-4 lakhs

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