The Kwid, the car that changed the fortune of French carmaker Renault in India, has crossed the sales figures of one lakh cars in India. The Kwid, the entry-level small car that has been around in the Indian market for over a year, has earned several accolades.
Renault launched the Kwid in India in September 2015 and since then the company never looked back. The small car with SUV-stance became the most selling model of the company. The Kwid also made inroads in exports markets like Brazil and SAARC countries.
The Kwid was originally launched with a 799cc three-cylinder petrol motor under the hood, which is tuned to churn out 53bhp and a peak torque of 72Nm with a five-speed manual gearbox. Later, Renault introduced a 1.0-litre engine that can churn out 67hp of power and 91Nm of torque. Buoyed by the success of the Kwid 800cc and 1.0 litre in India, the company also added AMT (automated manual transmission) version of the hatchback in India.
Priced in the range of Rs 2.64 Lakh to ₹ 3.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Kwid challenges the dominance of Maruti Suzuki Alto and Hyundai Eon in India. The hatchback is being manufactured in the company's facility located in Oragadam, Chennai, and it currently commands a waiting period of nearly six months, despite the increase in production.
Renault Kwid comes with a range of features, such as Touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, USB, Bluetooth audio streaming and aux, remote keyless entry with central locking, front power windows, foldable backrest and passenger-side ORVMs.