Renault India unveiled new variants of the Kwid hatchback — one with 1000cc engine and another with Automated Manual Tranmssion (AMT) — at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. It now looks like one of these two variants will be launched in the country very soon.
1L SCe engine is based on the 0.8L unit.
Renault India’s awaited launches this calendar year include the Renault Kwid 1L and the Renault Kwid AMT, both of which made their debut at the Auto Expo 2016. Speaking to Business Standard, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Renault India’s CEO and Managing Director, confirmed that “at least one of these variants should be available within the first half of the year”.
Currently, only the Maruti Alto K10 is available with an AMT in this segment, whereas the Hyundai Eon is available with a more powerful 1L engine, but is constrained to a manual option. The AMT variant of the Renault Kwid will use the more powerful 1.0-liter three-cylinder SCe petrol engine, though the specifications of this unit remain unannounced.
Along with the 1.0-litre version Renault is also working on an AMT variant of the car which will be paired to the company’s Easy-R unit that currently does duty on the Duster facelift. The Easy-R AMT variant is expected around the festive season. Both the models made their Indian debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in February and received a positive response from the critics and masses alike.
The Kwid is Renault’s most affordable offering globally and is a rival to the highly popular Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 in the entry-level hatchback space. However, unlike competition, the Kwid boasts of several novel features including the SUV-inspired design language, touchscreen infotainment system and digital instrument cluster. The spacious cabin and peppy 800cc three-cylinder petrol motor have also been appreciated.
As seen on the display version at the expo, the Renault Kwid 1.0-litre and AMT variants will be identical to the 800cc trim, with the major change being the powertrain. The said motor is expected to churn out around 67bhp of power and will come mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Interestingly, the Easy-R AMT will be available on the 1.0-litre version only and gets a gear rotor mounted on the centre console instead of the conventional gear shift knob seen on other products
On the other hand, reports say the AMT will be only sold with 1000cc engine equipped Kwid. If the reports are true, then Renault will launch the 1.0-litre models first. The AMT transmission will be the same unit employed in the Maruti Suzuki AMT car manufactured by Fiat-owned Magneti Marelli.