4 Lakh Renault Kwids Now Roam On India's Roads

French carmaker Renault has revealed that over 4 lakh Kwid hatchbacks are now plying on Indian roads. The 400,000th Kwid was handed over to its new owners by Renault India's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sudhir Malhotra.

Renault Kwid Hits 4 Lakh Units Sales Milestone

The Renault Kwid was first launched in 2015 and the car is part of the entry-level segment of cars sold in India and rivals the Maruti Suzuki Alto. The facelifted version of the Renault Kwid arrived in India in October 2019 and brought with its a redesigned front end with a new grille as well as new wheels.

Renault Kwid Hits 4 Lakh Units Sales Milestone

The Renault Kwid is offered in 9 variants and 5 colours. The base variant of the Kwid starts at Rs 4.11 lakh while the top-spec Climber variant with the AMT gearbox costs 5.56 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom). The Kwid is offered in Zanskar Blue, Fiery Red, Outback Bronze, Moonlight Silver and Icy White. The Kwid Climber also gets the option of a dual-tone paint scheme with a blacked-out roof.

Renault Kwid Hits 4 Lakh Units Sales Milestone

The Renault Kwid is offered with two engine options both with three cylinders and under 1.0-litre. The smaller of the two engines is the 799cc unit that produces 53bhp at 5,678rpm and 72Nm of peak torque at 4,386rpm. This engine is only offered with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 799cc Kwid engine delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 25 kilometres per litre.

Renault Kwid Hits 4 Lakh Units Sales Milestone

The larger of the two engines displaces 999cc and produces 67bhp at 5,500rpm and 91Nm of peak torque at 4,250rpm. The engine is paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox the latter of which is controlled using a dial on the dashboard. The 999cc engined Kwid delivers a mileage of 22 kilometres to the litre.

Renault Kwid Hits 4 Lakh Units Sales Milestone

The Renault Kwid is 3,731mm long, 1,579mm wide, 1,474mm tall. The Kwid hatchback's wheelbase measures at 2,422m long. The Renault Kwid has a ground clearance of 184mm.

Renault Kwid Hits 4 Lakh Units Sales Milestone

Where the Kwid really stands out is its touchscreen infotainment display. The Kwid was the first car in the segment with this feature and the facelifted version that arrived in 2019 sported a larger 8.0-inch unit with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Renault Kwid Hits 4 Lakh Units Sales Milestone

However, one area where the Kwid and other cars in this segment really fall behind is in terms of safety. The Renault Kwid only offers airbags for the driver and front passenger and sports anti-lock brakes with EBD along with child safety locks as standard on the top-spec car.

Renault Kwid Hits 4 Lakh Units Sales Milestone

The lack of safety features hasn't resulted in the best of results when the car has been tested by safety testers across the globe. The Kwid was tested by Global NCAP in 2016 and received an ignominious 0-star rating along with most of the other cars in the segment. A test by Latin NCAP of the Brazilian version of the Kwid saw the little hatchback manage a 3-star rating. However, we should note that this car had additional side airbags as part of the standard kit, something the current Indian car is still missing.

Renault Kwid Hits 4 Lakh Units Sales Milestone

Thoughts On the Renault Kwid Hitting the 4 Lakh Mark

The Renault Kwid hitting the 4 lakh sales mark is a matter of pride for the French marque which dared to challenge the might of Maruti Suzuki. However, we still wish that Renault would upgrade the safety features of this car to make it a whole lot safer for first-time car buyers.

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Article Published On: Friday, November 19, 2021, 8:07 [IST]
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