2016 Paris Motor Show: Renault Kwid Will Not Be Exported To Brazil

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Renault's latest runaway success, the Kwid will not be exported to Brazil from India, instead, it will be made in Brazil. The announcement was made during the 2016 Paris Motor Show by Bernard Cambier, Renault's chairman for Africa, the Middle East and India.

Cambier said, "Renault is considering to produce the Kwid in Brazil for the South American market. We will not make same mistake with the Kwid as we did with Duster in respect to product life cycle." With regards to India, he said the Kwid is an important product for India and the country will be amongst the top three markets for Renault.

There are high chances that the Renault Kwid manufactured in Brazil could have similarities in terms of mechanicals, with that of the ones sold here. Renault could launch the vehicle in the South American market with a 800cc and and a 1.0-litre engine.

The Renault Kwid sold in India comes with a choice of either a 799cc petrol engine that produces 53bhp and 72Nm of torque or with a 999cc (1.0-litre) engine that makes 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. Both vehicles come paired to a manual gearbox.

In terms of features, the Kwid sold in India boasts of a fully digital meter console, power windows, 2DIN touchscreen audio system that supports bluetooth, navigation system, 13-inch wheels, 300-litre boot space, and 180mm of ground clearance.

On the safety front, the top variant of the Renault Kwid [RXT (O)] comes with an optional airbag for the driver alone. The Brazilian model could have added features like standard airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).

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Story first published: Friday, September 30, 2016, 9:29 [IST]
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