The competition in the small car segment in India could just be heating up with French carmaker Renault looking to seal the loose ends before rolling out its entry level car, Kwid. It is expected that the hatchback, which looks like an SUV, will face off against the small car segment's front-runners such as Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon.
Renault Kwid is expected to be unveiled in India this September, ahead of the festive season. The new entrant has already garnered an impressive buzz in India with auto lovers making regular enquiries.
From the available details, Renault Kwid seems to have packed enough in its neatly stylised body to put up a good fight.
As auto enthusiasts queue up to take to the steering wheels of Kwid, let's take a look at the detailed specification comparison of Renault Kwid and Maruti Alto 800.
Let's start with Renault Kwid. Under the hood, Kwid will come with an all-new, 800cc, BR-8, DOHC, 3 cylinders engine, which is tuned to dish out 57bhp and a peak torque of 74Nm. In Kwid, transmission will be taken care of by either a five-speed gearbox or AMT.
On the other hand, Alto 800 is powered by an F8D 796cc engine, which generates an output of 48 PS at 6,000 rpm and 69 Nm at 3,500 rpm torque. The engine comes paired to five-speed manual transmission.
While the Kwid measures 3,680 mm in length and 1,580 mm in width, Alto 800 measures 3,395 mm in length and 1,490 mm in width. Renault's Kwid has a ground clearance of 180 mm, whereas Alto 800' has 160 mm.
Maruti Alto 800 clocks a mileage of 22.74 kilometres per liter and Renault Kwid is speculated to clock the best-in-class mileage of 25 kmpl.
Renault Kwid will come with the segment's first ever touchscreen, Media-Nav Navigation System with a seven-inch display, digital instrument console, alloy wheels, roof rails and side body cladding.
Maruti Alto 800 packs power steering, front power windows, air conditioning and central locking. There is also a two-speaker audio system with radio.
Maruti Alto 800 has been priced in the range of Rs 2.57 Lakh - 3.50 Lakh (ex-showroom). Although the exact price of Renault Kwid is not revealed yet, it has been said that the model will fall in the price range of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh.
|Specifications||Renault Kwid||Maruti Alto 800|
|Boot space||300 litres||300 litres|
|Engine||800cc engine||796cc engine|