French car maker Renault took the wraps off its new global product- KWID- in Chennai and we bring you all the minute details of the product which will be launching in India during the festive season at a price range of INR 3-4 lakh. Renault claims the car has a localization percentage of a whopping 98% of which 60% comes from Chennai region alone. So here are our initial impressions of the Renault KWID.
On the design front, the Renault KWID features a big black grille. The bumper gets integrated fog lights surrounded by black accents. At the rear, the car gets tail-lights with integrated turn signals. The rear bumper isn’t body colored and so are the outer rear view mirrors. It also features a body-colored tailgate spoiler as a standard fitment. When viewed in the side profile, we can see the KWID features side rub strips and black pull type door handles. Also, the wheels arches are plastic and not metal and the front wheel arches feature the turn signal indicator, a change from the usual fender position as seen on all other cars. The wheel gets only 3 lug nuts and is a 13 inch CEAT rubber. Renault says the KWID features 180 mm ground clearance which should be good enough for Indian road conditions. The KWID measures 3.68 meters in length and 1.58 meters in width making it a city car easy to dart in those gaps in traffic.
On the inside, the KWID features plastic quality which is expected from a car which will retail at a starting price of INR 3 lakh. The steering wheel is a chunky unit to hold and will feature an optional airbag in the production model. Behind the steering wheel sits an all digital instrument console. We didn’t really get a chance to check out what all information it provides, but we will ensure we include that once we lay our hands on the wheel of this global product from Renault. The centre console features a piano black finish and also houses a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system from LG which also includes a satellite navigation system, apart from the usual radio and bluetooth technology for hands-free telephony. The dashboard features two glove boxes with the upper one getting a dedicated bracket for a 1-liter bottle. The AC vents also feature chrome in order to give the cabin a more premium feel. Open the hatch and you are greeted with a huge boot which can give some premium hatchbacks a run for their money.
Although Renault hasn’t released detailed specifications, it said the the car features a 800cc petrol motor. Renault also added that the engine is a simple unit and does not feature any complex technologies. Being a simple unit, we can expect the cost of servicing would also be low. There are also rumors that Renault may plonk an AMT unit at a later stage and also the option of a more powerful engine.
With a starting price of INR 3 lakh, we feel Renault has a sure winner here. Built on the CMF-A platform which will also spawn the basis of other Renault-Nissan alliance models, the KWID was developed with inputs from Renault staff based in France, Japan, Korea and India. We are eagerly waiting to drive this low cost offering from the French car maker. Stay tuned to Motoroids for the detailed review.
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The three spoke steering is chunky to hold.
The 7-inch touchscreen is a welcome addition for a car of this segment.
Huge boot also gets a parcel tray.
Fully digital instrument console.
Two glove boxes and another storage space in between.
Single wiper speaks of cost cutting.
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