Safer Renault Kwid to be launched abroad this June
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Brazil’s version of the Renault Kwid comes with 4 Airbags and chassis strengthening.
Renault Brazil has updated the Renault Kwid microsite to include a registration for prospective customers to learn more about the car, which will be marketed as a compact SUV. Reports suggest that the Kwid will launch in Brazil this June following the price announcement on 15 May.
Compared to the model sold in India, the Renault Kwid in Brazil will be 140 kg owing to structural reinforcements with increased usage of high-strength steel and comes equipped with ISOFIX child seat anchor points, four airbags and ABS as standard.
Renault Brazil is hoping that the safety levels of the Renault Kwid will be a key selling point. At any cost, Renault would not want to be in a state of embarrassment from the results of the Latin NCAP crash test results which has exposed serious safety flaws in older cars sold in that region. After repeated tests, the made-in-India Kwid managed to acquire a single star crash test rating from Global NCAP and no doubt that learnings would be applied to make the Brazilian Kwid safer from the get-go.
Under the hood, the Brazilian-spec Kwid will pack a new Flexfuel 1.0L 3-cyl engine which will produce 79 CV & 10.2 kg.m of peak torque with gasoline, and 82 CV & 10.5 kg.m of torque with ethanol. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a 5-speed AMT with traction and stability control will be offered.
Inside, the centre console has been slightly redesigned, featuring window, door lock and rear defogger buttons located under the 7-inch MEDIANAV display, and a new instrument cluster with an analogue speedometer and tachometer dials, as well as a digital multi-info display.