Renault’s most affordable car in India, the Kwid, is also its best selling car in the country. It rivals the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Alto and Datsun Go among others in the segment and quickly rose in popularity due to the features it came with and value for money package it was. However, the segment has now grown too and for the same, Renault is working on a new facelifted version of the Kwid hatchback. The car has already been spied testing a few times but under heavy camouflage which doesn’t reveal much about the vehicle. To give you a fair amount of idea how the new Kwid could turn out to be like, here is a render of the Kwid facelift created by our in-house digital graphics wizard Vipin Vathoopan.
This render is based on the recent spy shots of the hatchback which revealed a few design bits of the car. As seen here, the basic body profile of the car has been carried over to the current model. In fact, the mini SUV like body profile is one of the reasons behind the success of the car and hence it was unlikely that Renault will play around much with it. The bigger change on the exteriors is in the form of the new, redesigned front end that makes the car looks more upmarket as well as modern. Previous spy shots of the Kwid revealed that Renault has gone for the two-tier headlamp-LED DRL design and it makes the car look pretty smart as seen in the render. The lower section now houses the headlamps while the sleek upper section could house the indicator as well as the LED DRLs. The grille design has also been slightly updated and a few minor changes have been made at the rear end too.
Renault has possibly taken inspiration from the Renault K-ZE EV for the facelifted Kwid’s design. The K-ZE EV was revealed for the Chinese market sometime back and features a similar design as is seen in the render here. Though Renault has not officially confirmed any details about the upcoming facelifted model, we believe it will turn out to be somewhat like this render here for obvious reasons. Being a facelift, the new Kwid will not get any major upgrade in terms of design, powertrain and equipment but a new face goes a long way in enhancing the car’s overall appeal.
On the interiors front, we believe that the Kwid facelift could borrow quite a few bits from the upcoming Renault Triber MPV. This includes the dashboard layout as well as the infotainment system, though the latter would only be available with higher-end variants if it comes at all. A few other features may be added to the car like a fully digital instrument cluster in order to take on the competition.
As of now, there are no details regarding the powertrain of the vehicle but Renault will most probably continue with the current set of engines. The current-gen Kwid is powered by a 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 53 Bhp and peak torque of 72 Nm. There is a more powerful 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 68 Bhp and peak torque of 91 Nm. The 1.0-litre variant also gets AMT automatic transmission as an optional unit. The facelift will get BSVI engines though and the launch is expected to happen by the first quarter of 2020.