Renault Kwid AMT: First Look Review, Specs, Launch

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Renault India unveiled the 1.0litre Kwid 5-speed AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) for the first time at the 2016 Auto Expo.

The Kwid has already created a buzz with its launch back in September, 2015, now it's upping the ante with exciting looking AMT knob for your drive of the Kwid. The car will be positioned against Maruti Suzuki's Alto K10's automatic variant.

Let's take a look at the New Kwid AMT and see how it fairs.

Renault Kwid Exterior And Interior

The 1.0litre Kwid exterior remains the same as the 800cc variant of the car, however, there is a difference on the side panels on the door, which features the chequered flag along with the 1.0 badging and the Easy-R badging at the back of the AMT variant.

The interior of the car also remains the same, the AMT gets a dial on the dashboard, which can be put into neutral, drive or reverse. This is placed right under the 4.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system and the A/C controls.

Performance & Mileage

The Renault Kwid is powered by a 1.0-litre engine by an all-new 1.0 SCe (Smart Control efficiency) with dual overhead camshaft and 4-valves per cylinder. The power, torque and mileage figures are not revealed by the manufacturer.

The engine is mated to a 5-speed AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) gearbox, which the company calls it the Easy-R gearshift. Renault claims they have developed the gearbox with the help of their Formula One expertise. The manual 5-speed gearbox is available too.


Renault will look to break into the dominant Maruti Suzuki's Alto K10 market sales and create a niche for themselves. The pricing will be closer to the K10 or Renault could surprise which some lower pricing. This could hurt the Alto K10 sales as this is one of Maruti Suzuki's best selling cars in the market for a long time.

Given the looks of a mini SUV and a probable lower pricing, the Kwid looks very good in terms of a buy and overall satisfaction. However, Maruti is the leader when it comes to post sales service and Renault needs to speed up its expansion of their service centers and dealerships to close the gap with Maruti.

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Story first published: Monday, February 8, 2016, 12:25 [IST]
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