Renault confirms more engine variants for Kwid, rules out Kwid diesel - IAB Report

20/05/2015 - 16:16 | ,   | Shrawan Raja

800 cc engine is from a new platform.

Speaking to on the sideline of the Renault Kwid global unveil in Chennai, Gerard Detourbet, Alliance Global Vice President, Alliance A-Segment Development Unit, said there would be further variants on Kwid's 800 cc petrol engine, but a diesel option is ruled out.

Renault Kwid front quarter India unveiling
Renault plans to sell the Kwid in India, followed by emerging markets, and then the rest of the world.

When asked if Renault would add a 1-liter motor to the lineup, as rivals Hyundai Eon and Maruti Alto offer it, he said -

This engine (800 cc) is from a new family. We can do a lot of things with this engine platform. We can increase the displacement, we can add technology and features, and the launch is the first step of this engine. We will have an evolution of this engine.

Renault Kwid dashboard India unveiling
The Kwid will launch with a new 800 cc engine paired to a five-speed manual gearbox.

He reasoned that the lack of demand for a diesel engine in this segment prevented them from developing one -

We will not have diesel engine for the Kwid. The first reason is cost, because every time you want to take one step forward in the engine's evolution, you will have to incur a lot of cost. For this kind of car, the engine is half of its cost (development cost). The second reason is that the market share of diesel is going down in India and will go down. The only places where we need a diesel engine now is France and India. The Kwid is a worldwide car, and if you want to sell it in America, Russia and Asia, we don't want (have) to develop a diesel engine.

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