The facelifted Renault Kwid hatchback has been spied without camouflage, indicating that the launch isn’t far away. The hatchback is expected to be launched during this festive season. Changes to the car’s exteriors aren’t many. The front grille gets the chrome treatment, in keeping with India’s obsession with chrome.
The side strips on the doors get the Kwid name emblazoned while the hatch lid sees a reverse parking camera getting neatly integrated into the Renault diamond logo. These changes apart, the facelifted Kwid looks more or less similar to the one on sale currently.
As for features and changes on the inside, a 12V charging socket for passengers at the rear and chrome-finish for the door handles are the differences that are immediately apparent. Renault may add a few more features to the facelifted Kwid, whose sales have been tanking for the past few months. The latest facelift should give the car a little more appeal among buyers.
As for the mechanicals, the 800cc and 1 litre, 3 cylinder petrol engines will be retained, along with 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard. The larger engine will continue to get a 5 speed AMT as an option on the top-spec trims. As for pricing, expect it to be more or less unchanged considering the minimal changes on offer.
A power steering and air conditioning will be standard across most variants except the base model, while a driver airbag will be offered on the top-end trims. ABS is not likely to be offered even as an option. Ever since it was launched in India a couple of years ago, the Kwid has been Renault’s best-selling car in this part of the world. Competition for the Renault Kwid comes from the likes of the Maruti Alto and the Hyundai Eon. The upcoming Hyundai Santro is another car that’s expected to give the Kwid stiff competition. For now though, Renault will be hoping that the changes make the Kwid a better seller than before.
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