Renault has revealed the new Kwid city car crossover, a model destined for emerging markets that will initially sit as a new entry point for Renault’s line-up in India. Priced from just 3 Lakhs (around £3,000) it will go on sale later this year.
It’s the second time we’ve seen the Kwid nameplate on a Renault model, with the first being a radical two-door small crossover concept. This A-segment model borrows some styling cues from Europe’s new, rear-engined Twingo, albeit in a more value-focused package.
The Kwid’s tall, slim profile is mated to an aggressive Renault family face, curvaceous side panels and a neat rear-end. Features such as the lack of a rear wiper and exposed door locks mark out its back to basics philosophy. The Kwid also gets a slightly raised ride height and rugged wheelarch inserts, useful for some of the badly-surfaced roads in India.
Inside, many elements are borrowed from current Dacia models, namely the optional touchscreen infotainment system, dash layout and ventilation controls. Creature-comforts are fairly thin-on-the-ground, but you do get a digital dash replacing the traditional dial layout.
At the moment there’s no indication that Europe will see the Kwid on sale but Dacia has previously hinted it is planning a £5,000 city car to sit under the Sandero in the UK and this model could fit the bill.
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