Renault showcased two interesting concepts based on the Kwid at the 2016 Delhi Autoexpo. They were the Climber and the Racer concept. The company has now unveiled the production version based on one of these concepts, the Climber.
What is different?
There are a few cosmetic upgrades to make the Climber look more rough and tough. For starters, it will be offered in a new blue shade, called ‘Electric Blue’. Other changes include a new scuff plate up front which has been finished in silver with orange accents. The mirror caps have been finished in orange too. The fog lamp housing has been changed, it gets thicker bumper cladding, Climber badge on the front door and all-new re-designed wheels which make the car more appealing to look at.
On the inside, the car gets orange accents around the center console, gear knob, AC vents, door, seats and steering wheel. Since this variant is based on the top of the line RxT (O) trim, it will come fitted with the 7″ touch screen display with navigation and bluetooth. In terms of safety, you do get driver side airbag and seat-belt pretensioners.
Under the hood
The Kwid will continue to be powered by the same 1.0 liter 3-cylinder engine that was introduced later last year. The engine churns out 67 Bhp and 91 Nm. This can be had either with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed AMT. We had driven both the 1.0 liter version in manual and AMT guise before its launch and here are our thoughts on it: AMT review, Manual review
There will be two variants on offer, the manual and the AMT. The manual is priced at Rs 4.3 lakhs, where as the AMT is priced at Rs 4.6 lakhs. This is roughly Rs 25,000 more than the normal Kwid 1.0 liter variant.
We feel this will give the Kwid a much more rugged appeal, something that the vehicle was made for. The new colour is a good addition as well.
But could Renault have done better?
The Climber concept that was showcased at the 2016 Delhi Autoexpo was a lot more rugged, had chunkier tyres and looked a lot more intimidating. With the cover on the headlamp and the Climber badging on the bumper, it looked much more rugged, which is something that suited the vehicle. While Renault has done a good job of bringing in a few changes to the Climber version, they could have surely gone all-out to make it as crazy. The concept did get a lot of attention at the Expo and many people wanted to see it in production. Now that it is here, only time will tell if is good enough or an opportunity lost.
This is what the TV commercial looks like: