the famous words of Carlos Ghosn, the bossman of Renault and Nissan? “This is a
car for conquest”, he said in Chennai in the summer of 2015 when the Kwid was
launched in its 800cc avatar. It has since conquered a lot for the company in
terms of sales. Renault has now introduced the Kwid with a new heart, a one
litre (999cc) three cylinder engine. The Kwid was always a bold looking
vehicle; it’s now got a stronger heart.
for the heart transplant, there is nothing substantially different compared to
its 800cc sibling. The 1 litre engine option will only be offered in the RXT
variant of the model. The remaining three variants STD, RXE and RXL will only
have an 800cc engine. The only two additional features that the 1 litre RXT
model will have are the two-tone gloss grey Outside Rear View Mirrors and the speed-sport
designer decals on the doors which are quite prominent. As for the rest,,
Renault India would have felt that the existing features are good enough and
need not be tinkered with at all. We fully agree to that because the car has
been offering a lot of comfort, great storage spaces and good ride and
to the engine, it’s definitely a new one, but kind of carved out from the
existing 800cc one, for the additional 200cc capacity. The engine produces a
peak power of 67 hp at around 5500rpm and a peak torque of 91 Nm at 4250rpm. So
do the Alto K10 and the Eon 1 litre have competition and will there be a bit of
cannibalisation in its own territory with the Kwid 800 and the Redi-GO from the
Nissan stable? Yes, definitely yes.
that Kwid 800 is a hit among the masses, those keen to have a bit more power
and torque will definitely opt for the 1 litre one. The Kwid 1.0 returns a fuel
efficiency figure of 23.01 kmpl. In the real world that could come down to 15
or 16 kmpl but then even that is good enough for the aam janta. The 3 port engine sounds a wee bit harsh but overall the
motor is not at all loud while accelerating. The cabin is relatively quiet too and the
engine picks up speed almost instantly and effortlessly. The engine is mated to
a five-speed transmission. Zero to 100km per hour comes in a jiffy and the braking
is also satisfactory though an ABS option should have been offered in this 1
litre model. An Automated Manual Transmission offering would have been an icing
on the cake. Maybe we can expect one at a later stage.
Renault Kwid 1 litre simply carries forward the good features of the 800cc
sibling. The bold structured front grille, the c-Shapes signature headlamps,
body coloured bumpers, wheel arch cladding and the side indicators on them, the
fog lamps, the multi spoke wheel cover and of course the integrated roof
spoiler, add to the good looks of the Kwid.
inside and you get to see a dual-tone dashboard sporty steering wheel, premium
contoured seats and foldable back seats that increase the boot space to 1115cc
from the existing 300 litres when the back seats are upright. There is adequate
storage with an upper and a lower glove box. The upper one comes with a smart
lid. Storage space for a 1 litre bottle is available on all the door interior
model comes with a touchscreen MediaNAV, USB port, Aux in port, front speakers
and a 12V power socket. There is a driver side airbag that is also being
offered in the 1 litre. While the Kwid has been a major hit among the masses
with its bold stance and its several comfort features, now with a new 1 litre
engine, they shall simply be attracting those who are looking for a bit more
power in their cars. Stylish and stronger,
that’s what the new Kwid is all about.
SPECIFICATIONS OF RENAULT KWID 1.0 LITRE
Length X Width X Height (mm)
3679 x 1579 x 1478
Kerb weight (kg)
Petrol 999cc, 3 cylinders, DOHC 4-valves per
5 speed + 1 reverse
91Nm @ 4250 rpm
Radial tubeless / 155/ 80 R13
Mac Pherson strut with lower transverse link
Twist beam suspension with coil spring
300 litres / 1115 litres when rear seats folded
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