Renault’s largest selling car model in India will get a major revamp this year. Sources close to Cartoq have revealed that the company will soon start the production of the updated 2019 model and this will offer better value for money than ever before. Do note that Renault has not confirmed this update officially yet and credit for this exclusive information goes to our dear friend, Doc.
Renault continues to sell over 5500-6000 units of the Kwid on a monthly basis, making it the second largest selling entry level hatchback in India. But given the rising competition among small hatchbacks, the updates are just in time. In terms of safety, the new Kwid will get ABS with EBD as standard across all versions.
A driver side airbag will be offered from the second RxE version onwards. Renault will also offer seat belt pre-tensioners as standard, thus upping the safety parameter. On the inside, it will boast of a revised LCD for the speedometer console. The Kwid was the first small car to offer an all digital console and the new one will continue to look fab!
The current touch-screen interface will be updated and will support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. A reverse camera will continue to be offered. Production of this new Kwid is underway and will soon be arriving in dealerships across India. No changes will be done to the design or the cabin of the hatchback. Further, Renault will not hike the prices thus making the Kwid very good value for money in the small hatchback segment.
Both the 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engines will continue to be offered without any changes. The larger engine will also be offered with an optional AMT with a rotary knob for changing between modes. In terms of numbers, the smaller engine has a capacity of 799cc and puts out 54 PS / 72 Nm. The larger 999cc engine is good for 68 PS / 91 Nm and is the recommend option in our opinion.
The current Kwid has a starting price of Rs 2.66 lakh for the base entry level version with the top spec Climber AMT model retailing at Rs 4.6 lakh, both prices being ex-showroom Delhi. The Kwid locks horns with cars like the Maruti Alto and the Datsun redi-GO and the updated, value for money model will further strengthen its position in the market.
Over the past year, sales of the Kwid have been slipping and the hatchback has been overshadowed by newer entrants such as the Tata Tiago and the Hyundai Santro. The latest attempt from Renault to infuse new life into the Kwid through these feature additions is meant to boost sales and make the hatchback more appealing to buyers. Now that the Maruti WagonR has just been launched, the nip and tuck job for the Kwid couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment.