- Renault Kwid
Renault India has launched a new limited-run Neotech Edition based on the RXL variant at a starting price of Rs 4.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It is offered in the 0.8L MT, 1.0L MT,, and 1.0L AMT variants and are priced at a premium of Rs 30,000 over the RXL variant in all three powertrain and gearbox guises. The carmaker has also hiked the remaining variants of the Kwid by Rs 5,000.
The Neotech Edition gets two dual-tone color options: Zanskar Blue with Silver roof and Silver with Zanskar Blue roof. Notable features include 3D decals on the C-pillar, Neotech door claddings, seat fabric with blue inserts and blue stitches, and a chrome AMT dial. It also gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB socket for front passengers, AUX sockets, volcanic grey wheels from the top-spec Climber variant, and B-pillar black tapping.
Renault KWID Specifications
The Renault Kwid is offered with two petrol engine options: a 54PS 0.8-liter unit and a 68PS 1.0-liter option. Both engines come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. However, the AMT is limited to the 1.0-liter unit only. The Renault Kwid is 3731mm long, 1579mm wide, and 1490 mm tall (with roof rails). It stands on a 2422mm long wheelbase.
Renault KWID Variants
Renault offers the Kwid in six variants: Std, RXE, RXL, Neotech, RTX, and Climber. While the first five variants are offered with a 0.8-liter engine, the 1.0-liter engine is limited to the RXL, RTX Neotech, and Climber variants. Even the AMT is limited to the 1.0-liter engine option.
Renault KWID Features
Noted features in the Renault Kwid are an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a digital instrument display with a multi-info display, front power windows, manual air conditioner, remote locking and LED DRLS. Safety features include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors with camera.
Renault KWID Summary
|Engine||799 CC||999 CC|
|Mileage||22.3 Kmpl||22.3 Kmpl|
|Gear Box||5 Speed||5 Speed|
|Emission Norm Compliance||BS-VI||BS-VI|
|Length*Width*Height||3731*1579*1474 mm^3||3998*1765*1647 mm^3|
|Boot Space||279 Litres||279 Liters|
Pros And Cons of Renault KWID
|Pros of Renault KWID||Funky and muscular styling is attractive.|
Long features list makes it a great VFM proposition
Compact dimensions and light controls make it easy to drive in the city.
|Cons of Renault KWID||Engines lack punch especially out on the highway|
- Renault Triber
Renault is working on a more powerful Triber which will come with a new 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine. It’s the same engine found under the hood of the Magnate where it develops 100PS/160Nm. Renault will pair this engine with a 5-speed manual and CVT. The turbo-petrol variant is expected to reach showrooms by mid-2021. It is likely to command a premium of around Rs 1 lakh over the current variant of the Triber priced from Rs 5.12 lakh to Rs 7.34 lakh (ex-showroom). The Renault Triber rivals the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Datsun Go Plus.
The Renault Triber is powered by a BS6-compliant 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder ‘Energy’ dual-VVT petrol engine. It develops 72PS of maximum power and 96Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission with a claimed mileage of 19kmpl. A 5-speed ‘Easy-R’ AMT has joined Triber’s lineup recently.
The Renault Triber is available in four variants: the RXE, RXL, RTX, and RXZ. It’s offered in five color options: Moonlight Silver, Metal Mustard, Ice Cool White, Fiery Red, and Electric Blue.
The Triber is focused more on practicality rather than creature comforts. So, you get an 8-inch touchscreen, manual air conditioning, cooled central compartment, twin air-con vents for second and third row, smart access card, push-button start, alloy wheels, LED instrument cluster, and four airbags (two airbags as standard). In terms of practicality, there’s enough space for 6-7 adults while removing the third row frees up 625 liters of boot space.
Renault Triber Summary
|Gear Box||5 Speed|
|Emission Norm Compliance||BS-VI|
|Boot Space||84 Litres|
Pros And Cons of Renault Triber
|Pros of Renault Triber||Spacious second row|
Removable third-row seats
Big 625-liter boot(without 3rd row), comfortable ride quality.
|Cons of Renault Triber||Highway performance, lack of features.|
- Renault Duster
Renault India has launched the Duster Turbo at a starting price of Rs 10.49 lakh (ex-showroom). It’s offered in three variants and two transmission options. The Duster Turbo comes with a 156PS 1.3-liter petrol engine and replaces the 110PS 1.5-liter diesel engine in the lineup. It also gets minor cosmetic enhancements to set it apart from the standard model.
The Duster comes with two petrol engine options: a 106PS 1.5-litre naturally aspirated option and a 156PS 1.3-litre turbo-petrol unit. Both engines are offered with a manual gearbox while the turbo-petrol engine can be had with a CVT as well. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Duster Turbo MT returns 16.5kmpl while the CVT variant offers 16.42km per liter.
The Duster is offered in three variants: RXE, RXS, and RXZ. Both the 1.5-liter petrol engine and 1.3-liter turbo-petrol manual option are offered on all three variants while the turbo-CVT option can be had in the top two variants only.
Notable features in the Duster include a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, cruise control, keyless entry with push-button start, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors. Electronic stability program and hill start assist are also part of the kit while select variants feature engine start/stop and remote pre-cooling via the key fob.
Renault Duster Summary
|Engine||1330 – 1498 CC|
|Gear Box||6 Speed|
|Emission Norm Compliance||BS-VI|
|Boot Space||475 Litres|
|Max Torque||254NM @ 1600rpm|
Pros And Cons of Renault Duster
|Pros of Renault Duster||New Turbo Petrol makes it one of the most powerful offerings in the segment.|
CVT and manual transmission options.
Still offers outstanding ride overall road conditions.
|Cons of Renault Duster||Interiors still not the most spacious. No diesel option.|
- Renault Kiger – Upcoming
Renault India will soon enter the sub-4 meter SUV segment with the HBC. Likely to be called the Kiger, it will have a lot in common with the upcoming Magnate including its 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine. This new unit, whose specifications have just been revealed, will be found under the hood of the Triber as well.
Renault India’s current portfolio includes entry-level hatchback and MPV, Kwid and Triber respectively, and the largely popular compact SUV – Duster. The upcoming sub-compact SUV will sit under Duster in the line-up. The SUV is likely to hit the road in the first quarter of 2021.
- Renault City K-ZE – Upcoming
Renault showcased the all-electric sibling of the Kwid at Auto Expo 2020. Called the Renault K-ZE, the EV is based on the same CMF-A platform as the Kwid, albeit with a few modifications to accommodate batteries and an electric motor.
It is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor producing 44PS and 125Nm, with a top speed of 105kmph. The electric motor is juiced up by a 26.8kWh battery pack, with an NEDC claimed range of 270km. There is also an option for a ‘fast charge’ that can power up the batteries from 0 percent to 80 percent in 30 minutes. In the regular charge mode, the batteries take 4 hours to charge to the full capacity.
The carmaker plans to launch the K-ZE by 2022 as it awaits a better charging infrastructure in the country. Once launched, it will take on the likes of the upcoming XL5 EV from Maruti Suzuki as well as the Mahindra eKUV100.