Renault will bring in India, a new low cost car on the market: the Kwid. Quite surprisingly, this message does not come, because a year ago the manufacturer had presented a corresponding concept car at the Delhi Auto Show. Now the production model follows. Constructed in Plant Chennai City - SUV will initially be offered for about 4,000 to 5,000 euros in India.
The Kwid is labeled as Renault and does not run under the Dacia brand, which is in Europe for low-cost cars from the Renault - Nissan Group. With its length of 3.68 meters and a width of only 1.58 meters, the Kwid to beat through the urban jungle of Asia. By comparison, a Twingo is eight centimeters shorter, but seven centimeters wider.
The little five-seater sees the Dacia Duster a bit similar and nevertheless provides 18 centimeters of ground clearance. The high seating position is intended to provide a good view of the city traffic. The cockpit of the Kwid is modern but also quite sparse. The center console stands out from the rest by piano paint plastic landscape and is dominated by a multimedia system with seven-inch color monitor. In addition to an audio system and a Bluetooth interface, the device also offers a navigation function. For the Indians should alone this system represent an important status symbol.
For engine and other technical details, there is still no concrete information. A Renault spokeswoman told us to demand that a 0.8-liter gasoline could be used. The study was presented a year ago, driven by a 1.2 - liter turbo gasoline engine, which was connected to a dual clutch transmission. The production model is likely to be used for reasons of cost to a manual five-speed transmission. In another feature of the concept car series Kwid one must also do without him well: the " Flying Companion " called flying robots. This drone was launched from the roof and was able to observe the traffic conditions, detect obstacles on the road or take pictures of the landscape.
A launch in Europe ?? possibly under the Dacia brand ?? is not currently planned, according to Renault. Nevertheless Kwid offers good potential for use in other countries. The small SUV is building the first vehicle of the Renault - Nissan Alliance on the modular CMF - O system ( Common Module Family ). Thanks to this modular system, a variety of vehicles from a smaller pool parts are realized. " A " stands for compact cars, " B " for middle-class models and " C / D " for larger vehicles. With the kit, the manufacturer wants to respond more quickly to the needs of the market and adapt the vehicle range accordingly. ( hd )