Renault India has today launched a minor update for its entry-level hatchback KWID in India. The compact hatch which saw the French automaker garner major sales number after the success of the Duster now comes with a slightly better feature list and safety kit. These changes and upgrades are done across the range and on both the 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre versions of the car. Interestingly, these increase in features is offered at no additional cost.
These upgrades come at a time when the KWID has completed a sales mark of 2,50,000 in our country. Mind you, this upgrade is not a facelift and just a minor update in terms of the car’s features and safety kit. The full mid-cycle refresh for this hatchback is due next year.
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Since this upgrade is not a facelift, the KWID’s exterior and interior design remains the same as before. Aesthetically, only the top-end RXT (O) trims, in both the 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre version now come with new ‘razor edge’ chrome front grille. Inside the cabin, the KWID gets ‘stylised chrome’ near the gear knob. Again, this visual update is only available on the top-spec trims.
In terms of features, the range-topping trims are now available with reverse parking camera. Along with this, rear passengers also get the convenience of a 12V charging socket. The RXL variant can be bought with additional accessories Front Power window and Remote Central Locking. Buyers of the KWID Climber edition gets a rear seat arm-rest.
In addition to all of this, the Renault KWID is now also offered with Rear ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor). This allows the rear seat belt to freely extend and retract with occupant movement, yet locks the belt during a sudden stop or upon impact.
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Renault has now finally added the creep function to its AMT variants. Called the ‘Traffic Assist’, this features helps the car creep under idle torque. This makes driving in stop and go traffic quite convenient.
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The engine specifications of the Renault KWID, with this update, remains the same as before. It continues to come with 0.8-litre and the 1.0-litre SCe petrol engines. The former is good for 54 BHP of power along with 72 NM of peak torque. While the latter is able to churn out 68 BHP along with 91 NM of peak torque. As standard, the car comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
RENAULT KWID 2018 RANGE: PRICING
|RENAULT KWID 2018||PRICING (ex-showroom, New Delhi)|
|Standard – 0.8L SCe||INR 266,700|
|RXE – 0.8L SCe||INR 309,800|
|RXL – 0.8L SCe||INR 335,900|
|RXT-O (MT) – 0.8L SCe||INR 382,500|
|RXT-O (MT) – 1.0 L SCe||INR 404,500|
|RXT-O- (AMT) – 1.0 L SCe||INR 434, 500|
|KWID Climber MT- 1.0 L SCe||INR 429,500|
|KWID Climber AMT- 1.0 L SCe||INR 459,500|
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