It’s no secret that the Renault Kwid has been very popular among the buyers of entry-level hatchbacks. Available in 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engine variants, the Kwid has been selling in decent numbers every month. Even in markets like that of Brazil, the Kwid has been a success for the French carmaker. Back in 2016, at the Sao Paulo Motor Show, the company showcased the ‘Outsider’ concept of the Kwid. It’s now being said that the production-spec model of the Kwid Outsider will be ready for launch in 2019.
Among the biggest reasons for the success of the Kwid, both in India and in Brazil is the SUV-ish exterior design. The car looks a lot like a scaled-down SUV, which is mostly due to the high ground clearance, bold styling, and bits like plastic cladding on the wheel arches. Renault seems to have done pretty well by capitalizing on love for SUVs that the Indian car buyers have. The Outsider variant focusses on this very aspect. The upcoming version of the Kwid builds upon the SUV-ish styling by having many new bits that make it look more rugged.
As previewed by the Kwid Outsider concept, the upcoming car will have extra body cladding, a faux skid plate on both the front and the rear bumper, and a rather chunky-looking set of roof rails. Also, there will be ‘Outsider’ insignias on the door cladding. The front-end will also carry new fog lamps. The outside rear-view mirror caps will have a black finish. Even the tailgate will have get updated for a fresher appearance.
On the inside, the Kwid Outsider will remain largely unchanged. However, expect it to get an upholstery change and a new trim for the dashboard. There are good chances of the new variant launching with the 1.0-litre engine only. This engine outputs a maximum power of 67 bhp along with a peak torque of 92 Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT. The only difference between the India-spec and the Brazil-spec Kwid Outsider will arise out of the flexi-fuel compatibility that the Brazilian model will possess.