Renault Kwid has been a star performer for Renault since its launch last year in the high volume entry-level passenger vehicle segment. The Kwid is now the second most selling car in its segment and nearly touched 10,000 monthly sales volume in July, 2016. Having already showcased a more powerful 1.0-lt engined Kwid at the 2016 Auto Expo, Renault will finally be launching the Kwid 1.0-lt on August 22, 2016. The Kwid 1.0 will compete with the Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon, both powered by 1.0-lt engines.
Currently, Renault Kwid is powered by a 0.8-lt engine that makes 54PS of maximum power and 72Nm of maximum torque. Renault claims 25.17 kmpl fuel efficiency for the Kwid 0.8-lt. The Kwid 1.0-lt will get a 999cc DOHC engine making 68PS of maximum power and 91Nm of torque while returning a claimed fuel efficiency of 23 kmpl. In comparison, the Alto K10’s engine makes 68PS of maximum power and 90Nm of maximum torque, which is nearly identical to the Kwid 1.0-lt’s output. Where Maruti Suzuki scores is on the fuel efficiency front with a claimed figure of 24.07 kmpl for the K10’s engine.
The Renault Kwid’s 1.0-lt engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and the company is expected to launch automatic Kwid shortly. An AMT transmission will be seen doing duty on the automatic Kwid 1.0-lt. Competitor Maruti Suzuki also has an automatic version of the Alto K10 with identical engine specifications and fuel efficiency figures as that of the Alto K10 manual.
The Kwid 1.0-lt will be available in top RXT and RXT (O) variants only that will get front fog lamps, dual tone dashboard, digital instrument cluster, front power windows, music system, navigation and keyless entry features as standard. The RXT (O) will be the variant that gets optional driver side airbag.
The more powerful Kwid 1.0-lt will get minute exterior tweaks in the form of designer decals on doors and a ‘SCe’ badge on the trunk lid.
Kwid 0.8-lt is available in 5 variants with the RXT and RXT (O) priced at Rs 3.57 lakh and Rs 3.67 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. The Kwid 1.0 will definitely be priced higher than the Kwid 0.8-lt however Renault is expected to price it competitively. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is available from Rs 3.25 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards and goes up to Rs 3.82 lakh (ex-showroom) for the manual variant with airbag. If Renault keeps pricing of the Kwid 1.0-lt not more than Rs 30,000 higher over the current Kwid, it should still cost under Rs 4.00 lakh ex-showroom and remain competitive.