Renault is all set to launch the Kwid facelift in coming days with a dose of Vogue to the 4-year-old hatchback. So here it is, all you need to know about the upcoming 2020 Renault Kwid facelift.
Renault has been selling Kwid in India since 2015. The entry-level hatchback has also been the manufacturer’s bestselling car in the country till date. Now the car is almost 4 years old and is finding it tough to score high on the sales charts. To boost the sales of its money-making car once again, Renault came up with a mid-life facelift for the Kwid. It has come with a hue of changes on the outside as well as on the inside. The changes are not limited to just a cosmetical makeover, Kwid facelift has seen certain technical enhancements with its launch which was schemed for September 30th, 2019.
Renault Kwid facelift will do with the split design for the headlamps.
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The Kwid facelift is the 3rd launch from the manufacturer in this year. After the launch of Renault Duster facelift and the Triber, Kwid facelift will join the process to freshen up Renault India’s product portfolio. Since we all know a lot about the Duster and Triber already, as the cars are on the showroom floors now. The story is not similar for the Kwid Facelift. To give you an idea of what the 2020 Renault Kwid Facelift will bring along itself is what we have summarized here.
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The facelifts are more of a superficial surgery to a car’s exteriors and Renault is following the same approach here. The Kwid with its very first facelift in its 4-year long run will look fresher than the outgoing car. The front fascia of the car is extensively changed and is the only quadrant which has undergone a heavy knife job. It has now adopted the new trend of headlamp placement as seen on the likes of MG Hector. The headlamp units have now moved down to sit flush with the foglamps units, leaving the space for slim LED DRLs which will double up as the turn-indicators. With the new split design headlamps comes the new front bumper and gone are the old foglamp units. The bumper now has a redesigned lower air dam with horizontal slats replacing the hexagonal grille design seen on the ongoing car. The creases on the bonnet, however, have remained as is.
The side view of the new Kwid is largely be the same. The design on the ORVMs and wheel caps has contributed for some changes on the sides. The Kwid has a very rugged feel to it with the black cladding running all around and is continued on the facelift model too.
The rear end will also has a sense of freshness to it. The use of new and reprofiled bumper in addition to the revised tail lamp cluster are the only changes to the rear facet. The bumper now houses the vertically stacked reflectors on both the ends to comply with newer safety standards. The tail lamps do with the use of LED and revised position for the turn indicators and reverse lights.
The only changes to the rear facet are the new bumper and the revised LED tail lamps.
Overall, the Kwid facelift has come with a fresher appeal to it with a similar bodyshell as the ongoing Kwid.
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The owners spend most of their time inside the car and Renault has spruced up the interior to differentiate them from the current-gen car. The dashboard design is also different this time but the overall layout is similar to the existing one. The dashboard and interior also have a lot of parts in common with the recently launched Triber. The horizontally stacked 7” infotainment screen is now replaced with an 8-inch unit. It offers the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support for smartphone integration. The instrument cluster is also replaced with the one seen on the Renault Triber, while the steering wheel is a direct lift from the Triber.
The dashboard design is revised with an addition of 8" inch touchscreen and an all digital instrument cluster from the Triber.
The Kwid now offers a little premium ambiance in its cabin. To start with, the gear selector knob seen on the center control stack in the AMT variants now sits in between the front seats. Yes, that is Jaguar-esque. While the steering wheel and gear knob are wrapped in leatherette on the top-end trim. The car is upholstered in dual-tone fabric. But it isn't a too big surprise to spot the rear AC vents on the top-end variant.
Feature and safety-wise, Kwid offers front airbag, ABS with EBD intervention, seat-belt reminder, high-speed alert and rear parking sensors as standard, to comply with the AIS-145 regulation.
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The Kwid is a pretty spacious car being an A1 segment contender. The older generation of the car measures 3679mm in length, 1679mm in width, and 1415mm in height. The 2422mm wheelbase has helped Renault to carve out decent space on the inside to fit 4 adults comfortably, with a boot space of 300 liters. The dimension for the Kwid does make it a noticeable car on the road, and there isn't any major change to its length, breadth or height, with the facelift.
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Engine & Transmission
It is offered with two engine options, a 54ps-78nm 0.8L petrol unit, and a 68ps-91nm 1.0L petrol unit. The engines offered as options on the car are 3-cylinder mills. The gearbox options on offer are a set of 5-speed manual transmission and an AMT, while the latter is only available with the 1.0L engine.
As part of the mid-life refresh, the car was expected to get a new version of 1.0L mill. However, the 0.8L petrol engine will remain in its current state of tune, but there hasn't been any change to the drivetrain though.The 1.0L variants of the Kwid were expected to come plonked with the Triber’s 1.0L 3-cylinder naturally aspirated unit which produces 72ps of peak power and 96nm of peak torque, but to maint the cost-effeciencies, Renault dropped the plan. If it was done, then the bumped power output of Kwid would have given the driver a lively response from the pedal.
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Price & Competition
Being the entry level hatchback from Renault, Kwid is priced very aggressively. It starts at INR 2.83 Lacs for the entry level variant and goes all the way up to INR 4.92 Lacs for the top-end AMT trim. The Kwid facelift bears a higher price tag by a couple of grands in comparison to older generation of the car.
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The color palette is expected to have an addition of this new metallic blue color.
There are a total of 8 variants and 6 colors on offer as of now. A new metallic blue paint scheme is also a part of the color palatte.
The Kwid with its restyled front and rear facets, added features, and a spruced up equipment list is expected to boost the drowning sales to bring big profits to Renault. With all the changes and pros up its sleeve, Kwid will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto, Datsun RediGo, and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-presso.