The popular small car, kwid, from Renault has recently crossed 1 lakh sales mark in India. The French car maker had launched the Kwid just a little over a year and since then, the small car has managed to charm the Indian car buyers and has gained huge success right from the word go. Just a month back, the company had expressed its desire of selling one lakh cars in India by the end of 2016.
Sumit Sawhney, the CEO and managing director of Renault India stated that the Renault Kwid has been playing a very vital role in the company’s success stories in 2016. Out of 87,000 car units sold by Renault in India between January and August 2016, 65,000 were the Kwid model. Moreover, Renault had also launched two new variants of Kwid, the 1.0 litre variant and the Kwid Easy R, due to which the popularity of this model has witnessed a sharp rise. The Renault Kwid Easy R comes with automated manual transmission gearbox (AMT).
These impressive numbers for Renault India is expected to grow further as the car maker is all set to export the Kwid to foreign markets. Carlos Ghosn, the Chief Executive Officer of Renault-Nissan Alliance is expected to take charge of of the export hub of Kwid. However, the export of this car will be limited to SAARC countries - Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh during the initial phase.
The Renault Kwid holds a triple cylinder 799cc petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 53bhp and a peak torque of 72Nm. On the contrary, the revised edition, the Renault Kwid 1.0 litre version, is fitted with an even more powerful 999cc triple cylinder petrol engine that is capable of churning out a peak power of 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. Both these variants are coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. However, the latter advanced version comes with an optional automated manual transmission gearbox.
In the Indian market, the Renault Kwid is placed as a competition to Hyundai i10, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and the likes. This car is available at an exclusive showroom price tag of INR 2.64 lakhs (approx) in Delhi.