Renault Kwid for Brazil gets structural changes to make it safer than the Indian version
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Will be 140 kg heavier than the Indian Kwid owing to chassis strengthening.
To conform to strict safety and crash protection laws in Brazil, the Brazilian-spec Renault Kwid will specifically be made safer than the India-made Kwid. This involves chassis strengthening and equipping the Kwid with a number of active safety features.
AutoBlog Argentina reports, for starters, the Brazil-spec Renault Kwid will be 140 kg heavier than the India-made Kwid, owing to structural reinforcements with increased usage of high-strength steel. It will now weigh 840 kilos, around 20 per cent heavier than the Indian version. Additionally, the Brazil-made Kwid will offer ISOFIX child seat anchor points, four airbags and ABS as standard. In contrast, the India made Kwid offers a driver’s airbag and seat belt pre-tensioner as optional extras in the top-end grade.
With the safety improvements, the Brazil-spec Kwid is expected to fare much better than the Indian version in NCAP crash protection tests, for which the latter scored a 1-star rating after repeated attempts. As for the engine, the Brazil-spec Kwid will pack a new Flexfuel 1.0L 3-cyl petrol engine which will produce 75 hp.
The Kwid is Renault Brazil’s most important product this year as they plan to replicate the Indian Kwid’s runaway success, which could help significantly increase market share like it did with Renault’s Indian subsidiary. The Brazil-made Kwid is expected to go on sale in June, adds the Autoblog Argentina report.
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[Source: Autoblog AR]