Renault’s most popular car in India is set to receive major styling updates. It will not feature BSVI engine(s).
The upcoming Renault Kwid facelift was spotted earlier this month being tested under heavy camouflage. Now, the company is reportedly in the final stages of testing, and the launch is scheduled to happen sometime next month. The styling is expected to be close to the Renault KZE electric car, showcased at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show.
Renault Kwid will feature styling cues from the Renault KZE concept
As evident from the above picture, the front is where most of the changes have happened. The face has been updated with styling closely resembling some of the recent premium SUV entries in the Indian market, like Tata Harrier and MG Hector. The LED DRLs are positioned at the top, with the main headlamp unit housed lower, above the front bumper. The bumpers will also be updated, along with a new taillight as well. The chassis is also expected to be stiffer and structurally stronger, in order to meet the upcoming safety norms.
Apart from the lack of a gear-shift lever, the interiors of the Kwid facelift will be nearly identical
The interiors will be redesigned as well. The Kwid facelift will feature an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a fully digital instrument cluster, just like the about-to-be-launched Renault Triber. The AC vents and steering wheel will also be borrowed from the Triber.
The current engine options on the Kwid include a 0.8-litre three-cylinder unit that makes 54 Bhp and 72 Nm, and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit that produces 68 Bhp and 91 Nm. You can choose between either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. The powertrain options will remain unchanged for now, but as they are only BSIV compliant, Renault will introduce new powerplant options. The launch of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S Presso could also shake things up a bit. Currently, the Kwid is priced between ₹2.76 Lakh to ₹4.75 Lakh (ex-showroom). Expect the prices to go up slightly with the facelift.