Did the 800cc Renault Kwid, despite its SUV-like looks and an attractive price tag, leave you asking for more?
Worry not, said Renault India, as it launched the new 1.0 litre SCe engine variant of the same naughty kid at just Rs 22,000 more than the top variant of “underpowered” one. Starting at Rs 3.83 lakh, the new engine delivers just over 23kmpl. The bookings for the Kwid 1.0L have already started, with the company claiming to have enough stock to deliver rightaway.
Though the new Kwid 1.0L comes only in the top two variants of the existing portfolio – RXT (O) and RXT, the upgrade from 800cc could be totally worth the deal.
The 1.0 litre Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine delivers 68PS of power and 91 Nm of torque, up from 54PS and 72Nm of the 800cc car.
Look and feel
Renault did not experiment with the head-turning looks of the Kwid, though there are few embellishments to let you know it’s a Kwid1.0. The same aggressive stance is a killer even now, but the rear could have looked better.
The interiors are pretty much from the same plastics, but the best-in-class infotainment cluster impresses: 7-inch touchscreen Media Nav system, digital console, etc. Some smart storage niches are a thumbs-up.
Early drivers of the car are calling it “peppier” and “more responsive” than its 2015 sibling. We would recommend to you to take it out for a spin and see the difference.
The only bad news for the Kwid since its launch last year was the failure in the Global NCAP crash tests in May. Renault seems to have learnt its lessons, and has now added pro-sense seat belt pretensioners with load limiters for additional safety in the new trims.
The new one-litre variant is only available in the top two trims, so that leaves the lower four trims, and the rivalry in the entry level segment, unaffected. Only the AltoK10, Celerio and the WagonR buyers of Maruti Suzuki may be steer towards the new Kwid.