On September 24, 2015, Renault launched its most ambitious car in India - Renault Kwid. The French automaker positioned the car in the most competitive and mass production segment in the country. The entry-level car customer now has a well-developed end product to drive.
In India, the entry-level small car segment is a coveted area of expertise in not just engineering, but, from the business module to the end product offering for the customer. One year from its launch, the Kwid continues to impress with sales of 10,000 units for September 2016, giving a shake to the entry-level segment.
Maruti's Alto maintains its numero uno position for the month, but, Renault has been impressing with numbers since its launch. Now, the company is offering a slightly powerful version of 1.0-litre engine with the Kwid, adding some spice to the fuel efficient car.
In its launch month of September 2015, Renault sold 1,781 Kwids, now it has jumped by 590 percent in selling 12,300 units this year.
The company has received 1.65 lakh bookings so far and has delivered nearly 65,000 units in the first eight months since its launch.
Renault is aiming to breach the 1 lakh mark sales of the Kwid by the end of 2016, with the kind of impressive numbers every month, the mark is not too far off.
With a fuel efficiency of 25km/l rated by ARAI, the Renault Kwid 799cc SCe, three-cylinder petrol engine, the small car impresses with a power of 53bhp and peak torque of 72Nm.
As for the Kwid's 1.0-litre engine, the SCe, with a three-cylinder layout is capable of churning out 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. The 1.0-litre mill returns a fuel efficient 23.01km/l, that's a kilometre less than the Maruti Alto K10.
Both the models of the Kwid comes paired with the 5-speed manual gearbox. The Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT) option will be launched in the coming months. Previously, the company had showcased the AMT variant the 2016 Auto Expo held in Delhi.