The Kwid budget hatchback has just crossed the 3 lakh units sales mark in the Indian market. With this, the Kwid firmly establishes itself as not only the French automaker’s best selling car in India but also the most sold Renault car in the Indian market, ever. The Kwid was first launched in 2014, and it’s taken about five years for the car to reach the 3 lakh sales landmark. This gives it an average sales of 5,000 units each month, a number that it continues to sustain. Renault has constantly refreshed the Kwid and has even introduced many new variants in order to keep the car fresh for entry-level car buyers. The Renault Kwid has a localization of 98 %, which makes it affordable to maintain. It’s built at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, off Chennai. Apart from selling this car in India, Renault also exports the Kwid to many countries around the world.
Recently, the Kwid was given a safety refresh, and features such a driver airbag, reverse parking sensors, speed alerts, ABS+EBD and seat belt reminder were made common across the range to comply with the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) regulations. What hasn’t changed though it the basic structure of the Kwid, which continues to remain vulnerable in case of impact. The Global NCAP crash test pronounced the Renault Kwid’s structure as unstable, and Renault is likely to boost safety in the times to come considering the fact that India’s safety regulations under the BNVSAP regime will also get tougher in the coming months. The Kwid rivals the likes of the Maruti Alto, the Datsun RediGO and the Hyundai Santro. It’s available with two engine options, both in petrol, and there are two gearbox options offered as well.
The entry level petrol engine of the Kwid is a 800cc, 3 cylinder naturally aspirated unit with 54 Bhp-72 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox is standard. Higher variants of the Kwid get a 1 liter-3 cylinder motor that makes 67 Bhp-91 Nm, and gets two gearbox options: a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed AMT. The Kwid is based on the CMF=A platform, which it shared with the Datsun RediGO. Soon, the hatchback will be joined by an MPV sibling that’s also based on the same low cost platform. Renault has also launched the all-electric version fo the Kwid in China. In India though, it won’t be before 2022 when the Kwid Electric makes a debut as Renault is adopting a wait-and-watch approach towards electric vehicles for the Indian market considering policy uncertainty that prevails now. By then, the Kwid would have moved a generation ahead, and an all-new model of the hatchback would have arrived into India.