New Renault kwid facelift teased ahead of festive season

New Renault kwid facelift teased ahead of festive season
New Renault kwid facelift teased ahead of festive season

The Kwid facelift will feature heavy updates that will be similar to the electric version of the Renault City K-ZE hatchback revealed in China earlier this year.

Launched in September 2015, this is the Kwid’s mid-life refreshed model.The Kwid facelift will feature design tweaks inside-out.It will have the task of taking on the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and Datsun Go.

The upper section houses LED DRLs, while the main headlight unit is located lower on the bumper in a recess. A slim chrome bar stretches from the DRLs to Renault’s ‘lozenge’ logo. The current Kwid’s hexagonal radiator grille has been replaced with one that has horizontal slats. The new rear bumper – which gets reflectors on the sides – and LED elements in the tail-lights add a bit more flair to the rear.

In order to give the new Kwid an edge over the soon-to-arrive Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Renault will equip the facelift’s top-spec variant with features like a digital instrument cluster (with a tachometer), an 8.0-inch touchscreen (replacing the older 7.0-inch unit) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Under the hood the Kwid facelift will continue with the 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engine options, but updated to be BS6-ready. The 0.8-litre develops 54PS and 72Nm while the larger 1.0-litre engine develops 68PS and 91Nm. Transmission options for both engines are likely to remain unchanged. That means both engines are expected to have 5-speed manual gearbox while the AMT will be restricted to the 1.0-litre unit.

The French carmaker has finally come around to launching a facelift for the Kwid. It is scheduled to go on sale in October 2019.The Kwid is currently priced from Rs 2.76 lakh to Rs 4.76 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).