Renault Kwid
Renault KwidIBTimes India/ Ken Sunny

The Kwid, the entry level small car, is turning out to be a runway success for French auto maker Renault, at least that is what the emerging reports suggest. Renault Kwid, which started its India journey in September this year, has reportedly raked in about 70,000 bookings in the country so far.

The Kwid, the budget SUV hatchback that packs several features has been priced starting at Rs 2.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Needless to say, the pricing is definitely one of the reasons that made the new Kwid popular among Indians. The company had earlier confirmed that the bookings of Kwid crossed 50,000.

Now, a report of RushLane suggests that the Kwid order numbers have gone to 70,000 in India. Seeing the unprecedented demand for Kwid in the domestic market, the maker of the model has already ramped up the production to balance the waiting period of the car in the country.

The Kwid currently enjoys a waiting period of up to six months depending on the variant. Renault is also expanding its dealer network in the country and opened its 190th dealership in Karimnagar, Telengana. Renault plans to open 240 dealerships and service facilities in India by 2016.

Offered in four variants -- Standard, RxE, RxL and RxT -- under the hood, Kwid gets 799cc 3-cylinder petrol motor, which is tuned to churn out 53bhp and a peak torque of 72Nm with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The Kwid is the first car to be built on the CMF-A platform and offers the best-in-class mileage at 25.17kmpl. Renault Kwid will also get 1.0 litre and AMT (Automated manual Transmission) variants in India next year.