The Kwid has been a successful model for Renault India. It has single handedly managed to change the fortunes of the company. By selling close to 10,000 units a month, it certainly has put the Alto under pressure. Currently, where the Alto can be had with either a manual or an AMT, the Kwid can only be had with a manual transmission. This is about to change soon though.
At the Auto Expo back in February this year, the company showcased the Easy-R edition of the Kwid. In simple terms, that means the AMT version. The company had promised to launch the AMT variant by the end of the year and now that we are nearing that period, the company has begun teasing the vehicle which can only mean that the launch is going to occur soon.
The Kwid AMT will be powered by a 1.0 liter 3 cylinder unit which was recently introduced in the Kwid 1.0. We had spent quite sometime with the manual variant and you can read about it here. The 1.0 liter engine produces 67 Bhp and 91 Nm. The gearbox will be a 5 speed AMT as opposed to the 6 speed that we have been seeing on the Duster. We expect the same 1.0 liter updates on the AMT variant as well which will include a silver finish for the rear view mirror, and a sporty decal on the lower cladding.
Like the 1.0, we expect the AMT to come in the RxT and Rxt(O) trims which are the top of the line ones. So expect the vehicle to come loaded with the 4.1″ touchscreen system that the current vehicle gets along with bluetooth and navigation. The only change on the inside will be the replacement of the manual gear knob with the automatic rotary knob which has been mounted on the dash of the car.
The AMT is expected to be launched later in the month and expect the pricing to be upwards of Rs 4.0 lakhs. This will certainly take the fight to the Alto K10 AGS.