A-segment hatchback will be offered in India in the second half of this year, and could find its way to other emerging markets
Darren Moss
17 September 2015

Renault revealed a new A-segment hatchback dubbed Kwid earlier this year, which will be launched in India before the end of 2015.

Based on the KWID concept of 2014, the new hatchback is described as “eminently modern” and comes with “unprecedented features for its segment”.

Now, Autocar India has tested the new model in the video below.

The Kwid is based on the new CMF-A platform - part of the Common Module Family architecture produced by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Designed to be as versatile as the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the CMF architecture represents significant cost savings for Renault-Nissan.

The new hatchback features SUV-inspired styling, including plastic body cladding around its lower edges and a bold, aggressive front bumper. It’s also raised up, with 180mm of ground clearance.

Inside, the five-door Kwid gets a digital instrument cluster and a 7.0in central infotainment screen.

Interior dimensions haven’t yet been specified, but Renault says the Kwid will offer Indian customers best-in-class boot and interior space.

Renault has only released details of one engine which will be offered in the Kwid, a new 0.8-litre petrol unit which will be "extremely well positioned in terms of fuel consumption." A new five-speed manual transmission will also be offered.

The company currently offers its Pulse hatchback in India with 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol engines.

Renault refers to the hatchback as a global model, suggesting it could find its way to other emerging markets and countries - such as Russia, Brazil and China -  in the future. The company has confirmed there are no plans to bring the Kwid to Europe.

Currently, 46% of Renault’s sales come from outside Europe, compared to 37% in 2010. With national sales increasing, India stands to be the world’s third-largest market by 2020. A-segment cars currently account for 30% of the country’s retail sales.

The French firm says it plans to increase its share in the growing Indian market from 2% to 5% in the medium term.

Renault first entered the Indian market as an independent brand in 2010, and has its own design centres in Mumbai and Chennai. It had 157 dealers across the country in 2014, a figure expected to increase to 205 dealerships by the end of this year.

Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said: “The Kwid will enable Renault to continue its expansion and address the needs of customers who want a vehicle that is stylish, robust and easy to use.”

Renault says the Kwid will be launched in India with a price tag of between 3 and 4 lakh rupees, which equates to roughly £3000-£4000.

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20 May 2015
Not since the days of the Gloria and the Cedric have we seen such silly names. But now, we get a torrent of silliness spearheaded by Karl, Adam, Kwid and the BentGayGuy (sorry Bentayga).

20 May 2015
soldi wrote:

Not since the days of the Gloria and the Cedric have we seen such silly names. But now, we get a torrent of silliness spearheaded by Karl, Adam, Kwid and the BentGayGuy (sorry Bentayga).

I dare say that to an Indian or Japanese person names such as Escort, Focus, Griffith, Grand Tourneo Connect and Berlingo to pick a few sound equally ridiculous.

 

20 May 2015
soldi wrote:

BentGayGuy (sorry Bentayga).

Hahahahahahaa! I'm gay, and I thought the same thing

21 May 2015
superstevie wrote:
soldi wrote:

BentGayGuy (sorry Bentayga).

Hahahahahahaa! I'm gay, and I thought the same thing

Can't imagine many macho straight alpha males going for this one, but there again, Toyota still managed to sell the MR2 in France in adequate numbers.

17 September 2015
But it's right up there.

20 May 2015
Quote:

..Renault says the Kwid will be launched in India with a price tag of between 3 and 4 lakh rupees, which equates to roughly £3000-£4000.

Why not use the Dacia brand, which is supposed to be 'value' brand in the group, if Renault is planning to price the car that low?

21 May 2015
Overdrive wrote:
Quote:

..Renault says the Kwid will be launched in India with a price tag of between 3 and 4 lakh rupees, which equates to roughly £3000-£4000.

Why not use the Dacia brand, which is supposed to be 'value' brand in the group, if Renault is planning to price the car that low?

Dacia isn't sold in India or Brazil as its an unknown brand. They sell the Renault Sandero, Logan and Duster already. They should bring this to Europe with a Dacia badge though as a mini Duster. Problem is, in India and Brazil, these 'low' price points are still quite high, even for middle class Indians. Many earn between £1-200 a month.

26 May 2015
Surely Dacia was unknown in the UK too until James May had *Good News!* for us every week! (I can't actually see a Dacia Sandero now without saying that out loud)

20 May 2015
Maybe they'll change their minds and bring it to Europe. To sell it at a higher price they'd keep it Renault branded (and to inforce that branding convention they'd sell it world-wide as a Renault). Would sell really well for £8,000 with a 1.2 engine in.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

20 May 2015
I'd not pay that for anything, knowing the same was sold somewhere else for under half. People have short memories and have perhaps forgotten how Britain was once nicknamed 'treasure island' by a motor industry happy to charge us much, much more than other countries were prepared to pay.

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