The Renault Kwid catapulted the French car maker’s sales numbers to an altogether different level in India. Renault Kwid car re-wrote the design rule books of small cars when it was launched in 2015 in the country. Renault leveraged the fetish for Indian car consumers for SUVs. Renault presented Kwid as an SUV on a small car template. Not only the design, the Kwid offered class leading fuel efficiency, loads of interior space, 300-liter boot space and even offered touch screen infotainment system on the top trim, that too with an ultra-competitive price tag.
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The car went to become a smashing hit among the car buyers. Till date, 80,000 plus Kwids are on Indian roads and if the reports are true Renault has got 1, 50,000 orders since its launch in 2015. Renault with the Kwid slowly and steadily is eating into market share of the small car segment dominated by the heavyweights, Maruti and Hyundai. Renault unveiled the Kwid with a bigger 1.0-liter petrol motor in the recently concluded Indian Auto Expo. Now the car is here for sales in the Indian car market.
The design, platform and most of the internals remains the same. The loud and large stickers on both sides are the only differentiating factor indicating that it’s a 1.0-liter variant. The only change is the larger engine which is now a 1.0-liter petrol motor. Renault bored out the existing 800 cc 3-cylinder unit to 1.0 liter. The bigger engine adds up 14 horses and additional torque of 14 Nm. The final figure for the 1.0 liter stands at 67 bhp and 91 Nm torque. Coupled with the light body, it translates to 96 bhp/ ton, which is more than offered by the much larger Swift! Though the basic character of the engine remains the same, this one is peppier than the 0.8-liter unit. The car has better highway capability and consistent torque characteristics. Being a 3-cylinder unit, the engine sounds pretty loud and crude at higher revs but better than the smaller 0.8-liter unit.
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The fuel efficiency claimed by Renault as per ARAI testing stands at an impressive 23.01 kmpl. The car shares the same suspension set up as the smaller hearted Kwid. The suspension setup offers the best ride in the small car segment and the car has a planted feel when cruising on highways. However, Renault should have upgraded the tires and brakes considering the additional power generated by the 1.0-liter engine. The 1.0-liter engine is available on the top end RXT trim with optional driver side airbag.
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Aware of the cut-throat competition in the small car segment, Renault has priced the Kwid 1.0 quite aggressively at Rs 3.96 lakh ( ex-showroom price Delhi for the RXT (O) variant), which is just Rs 22,000 over the 0.8-liter sibling. Renault Kwid immensely helped the Renault brand a place in the top 5 slot in the Indian car market. With the launch of 1.0 liter Kwid, the customers not only can choose various features spread across variants but also choose engine as per their taste and requirements.