The Kwid hatchback has turned the fortunes of Renault, since its launch in September 2015. Previously Renault was selling its compact SUV Duster in decent numbers, but it was the Kwid which turned Renault’s fortune in India. The hatchback has recorded impressive sales of 56,028 units in the first half of the financial year 2016-17 and is still growing.
For the first time, the hatchback reached the 10,000 units sales mark in August 2016, when Renault was able to sell 10,719 units of the Kwid. In September 2016, Kwid continued with brilliant sales numbers, when it found 10,558 takers. Renault India has sold 12,300 units of its passenger vehicles last month, which is way more than the 1,781 units of September 2015. Once looking at the sales figure, one can easily say that the Kwid has lifted up the sales of Renault single-handedly.
The baby Renault has racked up massive 1.65 lakh bookings till date. In the initial eight months of 2016, the organization has sold 65,000 units of the Kwid. Before the end of 2016, the organization is planning to break the 1 lakh car sales since its launch in India in 2008. The Kwid now commands a waiting period of nearly 4 - 6 months. The French car maker is now pushing the car with a new 1.0-liter engine, for better driveability and performance. The more powerful, 1.0-liter Kwid was launched in August 2016. Now Renault is planning to introduce an all new AMT gearbox in the Kwid in order to attract more buyers.
The Kwid was first launched with a 799cc three-cylinder petrol motor, as said earlier the Kwid now includes a 1.0 litre petrol mill. The old 0.8 liter motor develops decent 53 bhp @ 5,678 rpm and it can produce peak torque of 72 Nm @ 4,386 rpm, while the new 1.0-liter version develops 67 bhp of power @ 5500 rpm and a decent 91 Nm of torque @ 4250 rpm. Both the engines are quite good in both city and highway driving conditions.