Renault Kwid Facelift takes inspiration from City K-ZE electric car.
Climber variant will top range, have split headlamps and LED DRLs.
Tail lamps to get LED light guides.
Alloy wheels to be offered for the first time.
The infotainment system will be upgraded to the 8-inch unit from Triber.
Steering wheel to get audio and Bluetooth telephone controls.
The 2019 Renault Kwid Facelift is nearly here (look for a launch sometime in October) and the manufacturer has teased it ahead of its launch. However, leaked images on the internet have revealed a lot of the exterior details – and it looks likely that the new entrants to the segment are going to have a lot of work to put in to get customers away from the new-look Kwid.
The base models will get minor upgrades, of course, but the Kwid’s top-spec Climber variant will get a mile-long list of additions, starting with a unique greenish-blue paint scheme with contrasting orange mirrors and accents around the headlamps. Speaking of headlamps, they’ll follow the new design trend seen in recent launches like the Tata Harrier, MG Hector, Hyundai Venue and Kia Seltos – an LED DRL sits in the traditional headlamp position, on either side of the grille, and the actual headlamps sit where we’ve always seen fog lamps situated.
The grille itself will get a large chrome strip that connects the two LED DRLs, and the bottom of the bumper gets a lookalike skid plate. The view from the side has changed as well, with grey alloy wheels a first for the Kwid. At the back, there is a new bumper design with a trapezoidal recess for the number plate, a silver skid plate with orange accents, and LED tail lamps with light guides.
Inside, the major change will be the inclusion of the 8-inch touchscreen head unit from the Triber, which is equipped with Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay. The steering wheel will be new as well, with gloss black inserts and controls for the audio system and Bluetooth telephony. The instrument cluster might get a tachometer, and there will be orange accents for the air vents and gear lever.
The facelifted Kwid will not change mechanically. It will have the same options as a three-cylinder 800cc engine or 1.0-liters, and the larger engine will offer the option of a five-speed AMT gearbox in addition to the standard 5-speed manual gearbox.
The new Kwid’s biggest threat will be the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, whose official images were revealed a few days ago.