Will be locally assembled with kits imported from India.
The Renault Kwid has been spied testing in Brazil with a rear wiper, a feature unavailable on the Indian-spec model. The Renault Kwid was announced for Brazil last month and will be launched in the second half of the year. The local subsidiary released the first teaser of the new mini car recently and launched a microsite where those interested in the car can register for more information.
The Brazilian-spec Renault Kwid will be available with 0.8- and 1.0-litre SCe three-cylinder engines. These engines are petrol-powered in India, but it remains to be seen if Renault tweaks both or either of them for ethanol compatibility additionally. The 0.8-litre (petrol) engine delivers 54 PS (53.24 hp) and 72 Nm of torque in the Indian-spec Kwid. 5-speed manual transmission will be standard; the 1.0-litre engine may be offered with the Easy-R automated transmission as well.
Except for a few tweaks related to the bumpers, wheel arches, side moulding and C-pillar, the Latin American Renault Kwid should look largely identical to the Indian Renault Kiwd. Additionally though, the former is said to also differ with a better quality interior and a conventional instrument panel consisting of analogue dials and a multi-information display. Other known features include four airbags and ABS, both confirmed by Renault Brazil.
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The Renault Kwid won't be manufactured in Brazil. Kits will be sourced from the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Oragadam near Chennai in India, though final assembly with minor localization will take place in South America.
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