Renault adds an automatic model to its Kwid range. The budget-beating hatch/crossover now has 3 models to choose from.
The Renault Kwid has been labelled a success by those inside Renault SA. Some 10 000 Kwids have been sold since it went on sale at the back end of 2016. The new automatic model will top off the range making it 3 models to choose from – Expression, Dynamique and Dynamique AMT (automatic).
The Kwid auto carries over the spec from the current Dynamique, meaning it has nifty connectivity features such as 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with navigation, USB and auxillary audio inputs.
On the safety front, there still isn't much on offer. A driver's airbag is the sum total of safety equipment; ABS, traction control and more airbags are still not available.
The engine for the auto model remains the same with the 1.0-litre naturally aspirated 3-cylinder managing 50 kW and 91 Nm of torque. Fuel efficiency for the automatic variant improves from 4.7 L/100 km to 4.4 L/100 km.
The AMT model (automated manual) is a 5-speed variant and if our experience with these gearboxes is anything to go by it could be quite clunky and particularly jerky to drive. We should have a full report on the drive tomorrow, look out for that.
- NEW Renault KWID Expression 1.0-litre SCe R 126 900
- NEW Renault KWID Dynamique 1.0-litre SCe R 136 900
- NEW Renault KWID Dynamique AMT 1.0-litre SCe R 146 900