India-made Renault Kwid to launch in Indonesia this month

14/10/2016 - 10:22 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Will rival the Daihatsu Ayla, Datsun Go in the Indonesian market.

The India-made Renault Kwid will launch in the Indonesian market on October 19, 2016. Initially, the Renault Kwid for Indonesia will be exported as CBU (Completely Built Unit) from the Renault-Nissan alliance facility in Chennai, India.

Renault Kwid custom front three quarters at Auto Expo 2016
The Renault Kwid is offered in two engine variants in India.

It is yet to be known if Renault will launch both engine variants of the Kwid in Indonesia. The entry-level hatchback is available with 0.8- and 1.0-liter three-cylinder SCe petrol engines in India. However, if in the future, Renault wants to avail Indonesia's LCGC (Low Cost Green Car) tax benefits, the 1.0-liter engine will qualify for some amount of subsidy.

According to Indonesian regulations, an LCGC must pack a petrol engine displacing between 980 cc – 1,200 cc and is capable of a fuel economy of at least 20 km/l. It should also be manufactured in Indonesia with a high degree of localization.

Renault Kwid custom dashboard at Auto Expo 2016
A touchscreen MediaNAV system, optional driver airbag, front power windows and keyless entry are some of the features available on the Kwid.

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Features on the Renault Kwid include an optional driver airbag, 7-inch touchscreen MediaNAV system with Bluetooth support, front power windows, a digital instrument cluster and keyless entry. The carmaker is also working on introducing an automatic transmission (AMT) of the Kwid in India this year, based on the Kwid 1.0L variant.

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