Renault launches new Kwid with a starting price @ Rs 2.67 lakh
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Renault, the Europe’s biggest car maker by sales, on Monday launched an updated range of its entry-level small car Kwid equipped with enhanced safety features to boost sales in Asia’s third biggest car mart.

Interestingly, refreshed range carries the same price as the outgoing model in the Rs 2.67- Rs 4.63 lakh bracket.

The Renault Kwid’s primary rivals in the Indian market are the popular volume grosser Maruti Suzuki Alto and Datsun Redigo. These two models are also scheduled for big updates this year.

While the Datsun Redigo will get a comprehensive update, Maruti will launch the all-new Alto by October 2019 in the price conscious market.

The 2019 Kwid features an enhanced infotainment system and additional safety kit as part of the update.

According to dealer sources, Renault is expected to increase prices by about Rs 10,000-15,000, depending on the variant, after March 2019.

While the infotainment system remains a 7.0-inch touchscreen unit, it has been upgraded with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, making the Kwid the most affordable car with the feature, the company said in a statement.

The infotainment system now also supports video playback via USB and gets a push-to-talk (voice recognition) feature too. Renault says that the USB charger now gets a fast charging function as a part of the update as well.

Also, the safety suite has been refreshed. In line with upcoming safety requirements, the 2019 Renault Kwid gets a driver’s airbag, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), a driver and passenger seatbelt reminder and a speed alert system as standard across all variants.

The safety requirements will become mandatory for all cars manufactured in India from April 1, 2019.

Mechanically, the Kwid remains unchanged. On offer are 54HP, 0.8-litre and 68HP, 1.0-litre petrol engine options. Both engines come mated to 5-speed manual gearboxes as standard, while the 1.0-litre also gets the option of a 5-speed AMT gearbox.

The Kwid has been one of the most successful models for Renualt in India selling more than 2.75 lakh units, the company said.

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Columnist: 
Michael Gonsalves