Not too long ago, Renault announced a small SUV which is going to be launched in certain parts of Asia under the 2016 Renault Kwid name and it will probably come as a Dacia in Europe. Dacia is owned by Renault and is one of the company’s partners. Their current cars are not just cheap but also very functional, so no wonder they partnered once again to bring you the new Kwid, which is built on the Dacia Sandero‘s chassis. Now, let’s see what the Kwid 2016 has to offer.
2016 Renault Kwid Price, Release Date
Like we said, the SUV uses a very similar chassis to the usual Dacia Sandero, but slightly shortened. On top of that, the Kwid is expected to cost only the equivalent of $4750 in India, making it the cheapest car in Renault‘s roster. When it will come in Europe though, due to more harsher regulations concerning safety, the crossover is likely going to cost at least $8900, while the higher end models will go as far as $11,000, still well under most other SUVs in its class. The release date for India has been announced for this fall, most likely in September/October, while in Europe it should come by the end of 2016.
Exterior and Interior Design
In terms of looks, the 2016 Renault Kwid looks fresh and certainly a lot better than previous models at this price point. At first it seems like a shrunk down Sandero Stepway, which isn’t all that bad considering the Dacia model is quite good looking. Just like it, the Kwid uses black plastic protections on the fenders and rear quarters which are used as protective plates against debris, while both in the front and at the back it has unpainted bumpers which won’t get damaged too bad by scratches.
Its interior is just as impressive as the exterior, so the 2016 Renault Kwid uses a very similar dashboard to the one found in the bigger Sandero. As standard it will only come with the basics such as power steering, adjustable steering wheel and a base stereo system with 2 speakers. The higher end models though will get things such as air-bags, a 7-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system provided by LG, air conditioning and even a digital instrument cluster similar to the one found in the Clio.
Engine, Specs, Performance
Under the hood of the Renault Kwid 2016, on the other hand, we are going to see a brand new engine which is also likely going to be available for the European model. This is going to be a naturally aspirated 0.8-liter I-3 petrol engine which will deliver around 60 horsepower and 70 Nm of torque, enough to get the little car over most obstacles it is going to encounter. This will only be available as a front wheel drive model and only with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The European version is going to be offered with either a 1L 3-cylinder unit producing about 65 horsepower and 90 Nm of torque, or with a 0.9L turbocharged inline-3 engine with up to 90 horsepower. A 6-speed manual transmission might be offered on the more powerful version and all-wheel drive could also be available some time at a later date. The only drawback we see with the 2016 Renault Kwid is that it will very likely not be available with the incredibly good 1.5L I-4 diesel powertrain which offers both the fuel consumption needed for a city car as well as the torque needed for a small crossover.
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