Renault has revived the true meaning of the people's car with the launch of the new Kwid model in India. The basic version of the car costs only 256,968 local rupees, which is approximately equal to 3885 US dollars. And this is not a mixture of a can with a stroller like the sensational Tata Nano, but a completely full-fledged car of a familiar look.
The 5-seater car is built on the new Renault-Nissan CMF-A modular platform. Externally, the Kwid is a cross between a small car and a mini-crossover. The design is made in the corporate Renault style, which is used for budget models of the brand - Logan, Sandero, Duster .
The machine is 3.68 meters long, 1.58 meters wide and 1.48 meters high: slightly more than the compact rear-engined Twingo offered in Europe. The wheelbase is 2422 mm. The ground clearance of the novelty is impressive - as much as 180 mm: at the level of many modern SUVs.
Under the hood of the car is a 3-cylinder petrol engine with a working volume of only 0.8 liters and a power of 54 hp. (maximum torque - 72 Nm at 4400 rpm). The unit works in tandem with a 5-speed manual transmission. The average fuel consumption declared by the manufacturer is about 4 liters per 100 km of run. Thus, the Kwid's 28-liter fuel tank should be sufficient for about 700 kilometers: an excellent indicator.
Over time, the line of engines is planned to be expanded with a more powerful 1.0-liter unit, equipped with a robotic "mechanics" without a clutch pedal.
The cost of the top performance Renault Kwid reaches $ 5340. For this price, buyers will receive a decent set of useful equipment: power steering, front power windows, air conditioning, fog lights, keyless entry system, central locking and even an advanced MediaNAV multimedia system (like on Logan) with Bluetooth, USB, AUX input and 7-inch color touch screen. A driver airbag will be offered as an option.
The secret of such a low price of Renault Kwid lies in the 98% localization of production. The car is produced at the Renault-Nissan plant in the Indian city of Chennai. The supply of the model to other countries is still silent, but such a budget car could become a real hit of sales in the post-Soviet space.
Test drive Renault Kwid from Indian Autocar: