The Kwid was launched in September 2015 and it went to do wonders for Renault in terms of sales and popularity of the brand. So much so, that it became the second best-selling entry-level hatchback in the country after Maruti Suzuki's Alto 800. There were reports earlier this month that a 1.0-litre version of the Kwid is set to hit roads this month and now, the company has revealed that the date is August 22, 2016.
Renault had first showcased the variant, named Kwid SCe, during the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. There is no major difference between the new Kwid and the existing one, except 'SCe' decals on the door cladding, two-tone ORVMs and SCe badging on the boot lid. The interiors, though, are expected to remain identical.
The major change is under the hood, which will now be a 999 cc three-cylinder engine that is expected to deliver 67 horsepower and 91 Nm of torque and will come with a 5-speed manual transmission. The company is expected to come out with an AMT gearbox offering soon. In terms of fuel efficiency, the claimed mileage is expected to be around 23 km/l.
The new engine will be available as the RXT and RXT(O) variants, and is expected to be priced Rs 50,000 more than the regular Kwid. Which translates to an expected price tag of Rs 4 lakh to Rs 4.3 lakh, putting it right against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10.
For now, we have to wait and find out as to what the final product costs and what kind of new features Renault are loading it with, cause given the fact that the car is already a popular choice among buyers, they might have a winner on their hands if they get it right.