Here’s an interesting one for you. The most affordable hatchback ever to be produced by French car maker Renault, the Renault Kwid is now open for booking at a certain dealers for a sum of Rs 25,000.
The Kwid hatchback is scheduled to launch sometime next-month (September-2015). The Kwid will directly compete with the likes of the country’s best-selling car Maruti Alto and the stylish Hyundai Eon. It will undercut the above cars by its unique styling, features and much needed high ground clearance, further the 98% localisation will help the Kwid to keep both initial costs and parts costs almost on par with its rivals.
As far as features are concerned, the Kwid comes equipped with the dual slat grille, swept back headlamps and plastic cladding on sides. It receives manual ORVMs and body-coloured tailgate spoiler while it sits on 13” or 14” inch wheels. Interiors will get front power windows, chrome air vents and optional driver airbag. Top-end variants will receive a 7” color touchscreen MediaNav system with Bluetooth besides AUX and USB connectivity.
Based on Renault-Nissan CMF-A platform, the Kwid will be powered by a 3-cylinder, 800cc petrol engine producing 57 bhp peak power and 100 Nm peak torque, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph mark in 20 seconds and the top speed is estimated about 100-120 kmph. A more powerful variant powered by a 1.0-liter petrol engine is expected to follow in 2016.
Renault Kwid can accommodate 5 passengers and is reasonably spacious for its segment. It is expected to be priced in between Rs. 3-4 lakh.
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