Renault Kwid’s all-new 0.8-liter engine spied, to get AMT – Report

Posted on: Jun 16, 2015 - 9:34am IST

Reported to develop 57 bhp.

EVO India has shared the first images of Renault’s all-new 800 cc three-cylinder petrol engine. Codenamed BR-8, this unit is confirmed to make its presence on the Renault Kwid, which is announced to launch in the ‘festive season’ period of this year in India.

Renault Kwid 0.8L engine spied
India will be the first market for the Kwid, Renault confirmed.

The publication has also shared details that this all-aluminium engine is ‘super compact’, and will come matched to a 5-speed manual and automated manual transmission. Other details shared by Renault, during the world premiere of the Kwid in Chennai last month, are that this unit will provide the Kwid with high fuel efficiency “among the best in India”, and that it’s a very “simple” engine, with no high-tech features.

Reports state that this engine will develop 57 bhp on the Alto-rival, making the Kwid the most powerful in its class (the Alto 800 develops 47.32 bhp and the Eon 0.8 puts out 55.2 bhp). Renault developed this engine from the ground up, and according to engineering boss Gerard Detourbet, about half of the car’s development cost was absorbed by the engine.

Renault Kwid 0.8L engine bay spied
The top-end variant of the Kwid is confirmed to get an 18 cm Media NAV system.

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The Kwid will also be the first product to be based on the CMF-A modular architecture. According to Renault India, about 98 percent of the car is localized, one of the reasons for Renault to promise an aggressive price of between INR 3-4 lakhs.

Renault Kwid – Image Gallery

Renault Kwid Interior – Image Gallery

[Source – EVO India]

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