Renault's new Kwid is setting new milestones for the French automobile manufacturer in India. The affordable hatchback has now recorded a sale of 5,195 units for October, 2015. Renault India's next goal is to increase production so that waiting period can be reduced.
The Kwid is Renault's first attempt at a small car for the Indian market. Previously, we reported that Renault Kwid has witnessed bookings over 50,000 since its launch in late September. The Kwid is priced at Rs. 2.57 lakh for the base variant while the top-end variant costs Rs. 3.53 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).
Powering the Renault Kwid is a modest, 799cc, inline three-cylinder, petrol engine. The engine is tuned to produce 53bhp and 72Nm torque while it delivers fuel economy figures of 25 km/l. Renault has mated the engine to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Renault globally debuted the Kwid in India at their Chennai facility. The French carmaker's goal is to use its Chennai facility as an export hub for international markets. International markets will be offered with a similar version of the Kwid sold in India; however, safety features like airbags and ABS will be standard.
In India, the Kwid has tough competitors in the form of the Maruti Suzuki Alto, which is the segment leader. However, Renault India is on track and is on the verge of beating the Hyundai Eon in terms of sales. Tata Motors, on the other hand, will soon be launching an entry-level hatchback, which is codenamed Kite to take on the Kwid, Alto, and Eon.