Renault has launched the AMT version of its highly popular hatchback Kwid. The Kwid AMT is being offered on the top end variant, RXT (O), with a price of 4.25 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The pricing of the AMT Kwid makes it costlier up to Rs. 30,000 from its conventional counterpart. Since its launch, the Kwid has been a great success for the French company, and the company is trying to keep the car as fresh as possible by updating it regularly.
The AMT Kwid gets all the features of the manual RXT trim, additionally it gets a driver side airbag for better driver safety. Renault has equipped the Kwid AMT with useful features such as touch screen infotainment system, nice looking digital speedometer and obviously the much talked about AMT gearbox. The biggest talking point of this variant is the gear selector knob. The 5-speed AMT unit has been placed on the dashboard, and a rotary selector is being used instead of the conventional gear lever. Unlike the other AMTs, this one lacks the option of manually changing gears, and it only have three driving modes - Drive (D), Neutral (N) and Reverse. The space which earlier housed the gear lever is now serving as a storage space.
The AMT version of the Kwid uses a 5-speed Easy-R gearbox that is connected to a proven 1.0-litre petrol engine that can produce maximum power of 67 BHP at 5,500 rpm and 91 Nm of maximum torque at 4,250 rpm. Renault claims that the AMT avatar returns a mileage of 24.04 kmpl which is more than its manual counterpart’s 23.01 kmpl. One can say that the Kwid AMT has been priced quite reasonably, which makes it a great value for money. However, its closest competitor Maruti Suzuki Alto 800’s AMT variant is slightly cheaper. With the launch of the Kwid AMT, the small automatic hatchback segment that incoudes Alto 800, Nano AMT and Celerio AMT has been heated up even more.