New Renault kwid facelift teased ahead of festive season

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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.

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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).

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