Renault India’s managing director, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, has confirmed the introduction of the Renault Kwid 1L prior to Diwali this year. Mr. Sawhney was speaking on the sidelines of inaugurating four new outlets in Pune, and delivering around 100 cars on the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa.
To recap, the Renault Kwid 1L and the Renault Kwid AMT had their debuts at the Auto Expo 2016. The 1.0-liter engine powering these Kwid twins is based on the same engine architecture of the current Kwid’s 0.8-liter three-cylinder unit. Where the 0.8L engine develops 54 PS and 72 Nm of torque, the power output of the Kwid 1L is expected in the ballpark of 65-70 PS.
The Kwid AMT will feature a rotary gear selector on its center console, and will take on the popular Maruti Alto K10 AMT. Going by the Kwid 0.8L’s fuel efficiency claim, rated at 25.17 km/l (best in its segment), the 1L variants of the Kwid are expected to deliver better mileage than their rivals (Maruti Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon 1L).
Reports also state that the Kwid 1L and Kwid AMT will get the option of dual front airbags, ABS and EBD. At present, only a driver airbag is available as an option on the small car.