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Renault says diesel Kwid not happening

Snapshot: A more powerful gasoline engine is on the agenda.

If you were hoping for a more economical version of the Kwid with a diesel engine, that won’t happen as Renault India’s managing director and CEO, Mr. Sumit Sawhney announced the company does not have plans to introduce a diesel engine on its latest product which was launched just last month. The reasoning behind this decision has to do with Renault’s decision to address the Kwid to first-time car buyers who usually prefer to buy one powered by a gasoline engine. In other words, Renault doesn’t believe there is a market big enough for a diesel version to justify the engineering costs.

Instead, Renault India will focus on gasoline engines and the 0.8-liter 3-cylinder unit with 53 bhp and 72 Nm will be joined sometime in the future by a beefier motor along with an automated manual transmission offered together with the standard five-speed manual. This is more than just a rumor as the reveal was made by none other than Gerard Detourbet who is the Alliance Global Vice President, Alliance A-Segment Development Unit. He went on to specify that half of the development costs of the Kwid are related to the new engine which grants the model with an impressive fuel efficiency of 25.17 kmpl.

We remind you the Renault Kwid can be had in one of the following six versions: STD, RXE, RXE (O), RXL, RXT, RXT (O), with pricing kicking off at 2,56 Lakhs for the base model and going all the way up to 3,53 Lakhs for the range-topping trim. All the cars are sold with a standard 50,000 km / 2-year warranty, but at an additional cost this can be extended to 80,000 km / 4-year.

Those who are not satisfied with the standard look of the Kwid will be able to spend more on one of the 60 accessories and 6 different customization packs available.

Source: Indian Autos Blog

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