Renault is having the time of its life in India, and the Kwid’s the car that’s responsible for it. The French automaker dispatched 9,743 units of the hatchback in March 2016, making the Kwid the fifth largest selling car in the country. Yes, the Kwid is ahead of the Hyundais, Marutis and Hondas.
Here’s the new pecking order:
Kwid – 9,743 units
Grand i10 – 9,544 units
Celerio – 8,859 units
Creta – 8,163 units
Baleno – 6,236 units
City – 5662 units
Renault is sitting on a massive order book for the Kwid, with bookings breaching the 100,000 mark. This makes the hatchback the most successful car that Renault has ever launched in India if the booking performance is considered. The Kwid takes on the likes of the Maruti Alto and the Hyundai Eon, in India’s budget hatchback segment.
Lighter than both the Alto and Eon, the Kwid offers more space and muscular looks. It’s priced very competitively too. In the coming months, Renault will expand the Kwid’s range with a larger engined model, which will use a 1 liter-3 cylinder petrol motor.
The Kwid 1.0 will take on the Maruti Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon 1.0. Also, the larger engined Kwid will gain the AMT option, making it a city hatchback that many buyers would want. Renault has also revealed that it could put the Climber and Racer concepts of the Kwid into production. These cars were shown at the 2016 Auto Expo, to a rapturous response. This seems to have prompted Renault to think about a production future for these otherwise one-off show cars.