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Upcoming Renault Kwid Facelift Spotted Undisguised


As speculated, the Kwid facelift borrows styling cues from the all-electric City K-ZE.

 

  • The Climber edition of the Renault Kwid facelift was spied.
  • The hatchback gets a new grille, lower bumpers and a split-headlamp setup.
  • The entry-level hatchback is expected to retain the 800cc and 1.0-litre petrol engines.
  • Renault is expected to launch the Kwid facelift by the end of October.

Renault is gearing up to launch the Kwid facelift as an answer to the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Presso. Likely to be launched by the end of October, the Kwid facelift has been spied sans camouflage, revealing its updated design. Here’s what you can expect:

As speculated, the Kwid facelift borrows various styling cues from its all-electric version that is sold in China as the City K-ZE. The most striking change is the new split-headlight setup with the upper part being the LED DRLs while the lower bumper houses the headlamps. The grille has also grown in size and the lower bumper sports a completely different design with a skid plate. The hatchback spotted seems to be the Climber variant as it features contrasting orange bits, decals, roof rails and gunmetal alloy wheels. The side profile looks more or less the same with the only change being the new alloy wheel design. The rear end mirrors the front with a redesigned bumper sporting faux skid plates and slightly reworked tail lamps.

The interiors of the Kwid facelift was spied last week and we know that it will feature an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system from the Triber. Other visible changes include a new steering wheel design and a new instrument cluster with a central MID (from the Triber). The orange coloured inserts in the cabin of the test mule, specifically around the side AC vents and the gear knob, suggest that it too was the Climber variant.

Mechanically, the hatchback is expected to remain the same as before. The 800cc motor puts out 54PS of power and 72Nm of peak torque while the 1.0-litre unit develops 68PS and 91Nm. Both the engines are expected to be BS6-ready, which means they can be updated to meet BS6 norms at a later stage. Transmission duties will be taken care of by a 5-speed manual gearbox while the 5-speed AMT is likely to remain exclusive to the 1.0-litre engine option. 

Currently, the Kwid retails from Rs 2.76 lakh to Rs 4.76 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Expect the upcoming Kwid facelift to carry a slight premium over the current prices. Primary rivals include the Maruti Suzuki Alto, Datsun redi-GO and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Presso.

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