New Renault Kwid variant confirmed to launch in the coming weeks

09/05/2016 - 10:24 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

1L SCe engine is based on the 0.8L unit.

Renault India's awaited launches this calendar year include the Renault Kwid 1L and the Renault Kwid AMT, both of which made their debut at the Auto Expo 2016. Speaking to Business Standard, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Renault India's CEO and Managing Director, confirmed that "at least one of these variants should be available within the first half of the year".

Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT interior at the Auto Expo 2016
The gear selector is a circular knob on the dashboard on the Renault Kwid AMT.

Currently, only the Maruti Alto K10 is available with an AMT in this segment, whereas the Hyundai Eon is available with a more powerful 1L engine, but is constrained to a manual option. The AMT variant of the Renault Kwid will use the more powerful 1.0-liter three-cylinder SCe petrol engine, though the specifications of this unit remain unannounced.

The 1L SCe unit is based on the 0.8L engine of the current Kwid, which was developed from the ground up. It delivers an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 25.17 km/l, making it more fuel efficient than the Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon.

Renault Kwid 1.0 SCe engine cut section at the Auto Expo 2016
The SCe engine series used on the Kwid was developed from the ground up.

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Reports state that the Renault Kwid 1L and the Renault Kwid AMT will get options of ABS in addition to dual front airbags. Front power windows, a touchscreen Media NAV system a digital instrument cluster will be other features seen on the small car.

[Source - Business Standard]

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