Expanding the reach of the made-in-India Kwid to other markets outside India, French auto-maker Renault has launched its popular hatchback in southern African nation of Mozambique. Renault has started the export of the Kwid to Mozambique from June and it is being offered with three years/1, 00,000 km warranty.
The Mozambique-specific Kwid gets the same 799cc three-cylinder petrol motor, which is tuned to churn out 53bhp at 5,678rpm and a peak torque of 72Nm at 4,386rpm, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox under the hood. It is offered in three variants—E1, E2 and E3.
Renault Kwid, a model that has changed the fortune of the French auto-maker in India after the Duster SUV, has been appreciated by the auto lovers across the world for its unique styling and pricing package. Renault manufactures the Kwid at the Renault-Nissan alliance facility in Tamil Nadu and has managed to garner over 1.25 lakh bookings in India alone since its launch in last September.
Renault has earlier launched the Kwid in the island country Sri Lanka and has plans to export its new offering to neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Renault will also assemble the Kwid in Brazil. The Brazilian version of the Kwid has been given more local flavours adapted by Renault Technology Americas, which is one of the seven Renault strategic engineering centres across the world.
In India, the Kwid boasts fuel efficiency of 25.17kmpl and rivals Maruti Suzuki Alto and Hyundai Eon. The company is also expected to expand the Kwid line-up in the country with the addition of new variants—the Kwid 1.0 litre and AMT.