Renault Kwid Facelift Preview
Renault's Kwid has been a pretty popular choice among entry-level hatchback buyers in India, thanks to its miniature SUV-like stance – something the Indian market just can't seem to get enough of; and now Renault plans on launching a face-lifted version of the Kwid by the end of this year. Keen-eyed enthusiasts have even spotted a test mule under heavy camouflage, and first impressions state that the changes are similar to what you've seen on the Renault K-ZE electric car, that was revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show, earlier this year.
If you've had a good look at the K-ZE, it won't take a genius to understand that the upcoming Kwid borrows much of the design elements from the electric sibling. The most prominent of differences, start with the split-headlamp design, now a trend on many new cars. The slim LED DRL bars are joined by the gloss-black and chrome-finished grille, while the main headlamp has been positioned on the lower half of the bumper. Also, the front and rear bumpers have been re-shaped, and there are new wheel caps available as well. Even the bonnet has been shaped to look a bit more muscular. For the car to be able to meet the new crash test norms, Renault is likely to be working on an improved structure as well. Inside the cabin, new upholstery is expected, an updated infotainment system, and most likely, a new instrument cluster as well.
As far as the engines are concerned, the Kwid will continue being sold with a 0.8-litre, petrol engine that makes 53bhp and 72Nm of torque, and the 1.0-litre, petrol engine that produces 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. You can also look forward to both engines getting updated to comply with BSVI norms. Transmission options will remain the same too: a 5-speed AMT and a 5-speed manual gearbox.
When launched by the end of the year, the new Kwid will take on the recently updated Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and the Datsun RediGo.