Renault, the French carmaker, today launched its highly-anticipated small car - the Kwid - in India with a starting price of ₹ 2.56 lakh, that goes up to ₹ 3.53 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). However, one must note the Renault Kwid's price mentioned above is introductory. Also, the carmaker said the deliveries of the car will begin in the festive season i.e. next month.
Manufactured at Renault India's Chennai based facility, the Kwid is the first product built on the CMF-A platform which has been jointly developed by Renault and Nissan. Just so you know, the similar platform will also underpin some of Datsun's upcoming cars.
In a bid to make its presence felt in the segment that's mainly dominated by the country's top two carmakers, Renault India has tried to keep its cost under-check by achieving over 98 per cent localisation. Besides the competitive pricing, the other thing that goes in Kwid's favour is its SUV-ish look that has helped it create quite a buzz in the market. Though to keep its cost down, the company has kept the Kwid devoid of safety features such as passenger side airbag and anti-lock braking system (ABS). As a matter of fact, only the top-of-the-line variant gets an airbag and that too as an option. That said, the vehicle comes with several class-leading features such as 300-litre boot space, 180mm ground clearance (even better than many pseudo crossovers), and a 4.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system among others.
Also Read: Renault Kwid Review
Powering the Kwid is an all-new 0.8-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that churns out a maximum power output of 54bhp and 72Nm of peak torque. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and is claimed to return an impressive mileage of 25.17km/l that also makes it the country's most fuel-efficient petrol car. Though the power figures may not look as exciting as probably the Alto K10 or Hyundai Eon, the Kwid offers the best-in-class power to weight ratio of 84bhp per tonne as it weighs 660kgs.
Renault Kwid Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Renault Kwid Std (Base) - ₹ 2.56 lakh
Renault Kwid RxE - ₹ 2.88 lakh
Renault Kwid RxE (O) - ₹ 2.94 lakh
Renault Kwid RxL - ₹ 3.11 lakh
Renault Kwid RxT - ₹ 3.44 lakh
Renault Kwid RxT (O)- ₹ 3.53 lakh
Renault Kwid vs Rivals - Price Comparison (ex-showroom, Delhi)
While the Renault Kwid line-up comprises 6 variants, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 gets 8, Alto K10 gets 6, and the Hyundai Eon (0.8-litre) gets 7 variants.