Renault’s new small car, the Kwid, is expected to be priced at about INR 4 Lakhs (on-road), and they have a lot riding on their latest baby. Let’s take a closer look at just how different this all-important car is from what the market is offering.
The Renault Kwid features a 800cc, three-cylinder motor under the hood and is reported to make about 57 Bhp of power and 75 Nm torque. A five-speed manual tranny is what the Kwid gets to transfer the power to the wheels.
The Kwid is a record buster on multiple levels, with some unique touches that almost border on the revolutionary and are expected to be extremely well-received in the market. Renault have targeted extreme weight savings to ensure that the Kwid fares rather favourably on the power-to-weight ratio. Coming in at 660 kilograms on the scales is quite an achievement we say and everything from the engine to the whole body structure has been closely watched. The engine itself has received special attention, not just with the construction (featuring intensive usage of plastics and aluminium), but also the quantity of essential fluids. All this should help in achieving a claimed 25 km/l ARAI figure.
The extreme weight saving focus hasn’t compromised safety one bit. From maintaining structural integrity to meeting crash safety norms, the Kwid sets new standards in the segment. The fact that Renault intends the car to be sold on the international market and SUV’s being the global trend have been the guiding light behind the design philosophy of the Kwid. Thus the car gets butch styling, what with its class leading 180mm ground clearance figures and 1471mm height. The space at the back should be suffice to seat three at the back with its 1579mm width. What’s more, Renault have even managed to give the Kwid a 300 litre boot, which when you look at the 3679mm length is seriously impressive.
The 98% localization figure is what has made the car this affordable and Renault is among the few manufacturers to have achieved this with a ground up product at launch.