Renault has applied some SUV-inspired design updates to its Kwid budget car, see details below...
Although not immediately noticeable, the Kwid has grown slightly in size. It's 52 mm longer bumper-to-bumper, whilst the width remains unchanged.
The popular entry-level crossover sees a significant redesign for the 2020 model year. The most noticeable visual change is a new split headlight configuration, which positions LED daytime running lights at either end of the grille. Renault’s stylists have also repositioned the main headlamps in a lower position within the front bumper.
The Kwid’s grille also features a more defined horizontal slat design and around the rear, there are redesigned LEDs within the taillamps.
Renault’s Kwid Cimber variant gains a set of pseudo-adventure trim elements, which include skid plates, roof rails and 14-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard steel rims.
Inside the Kwid features improved seat fabrics, Renault’s latest 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with voice command recognition), and a reshaped 3-spoke steering wheel. The Climber also has seats finished in bright orange trim.
There are no mechanical changes to the facelifted Kwid. Engine options continue to be a 0.8-litre 3-cylinder, which produces 40kW and 72Nm. The slightly larger 1.0-litre engine is good for 50kW and 91Nm. Gearbox choices are either a 5-speed manual or an automated manual.
The new Kwid has slightly increased ground clearance compared to its predecessor, adding 4 mm of hight. With 184 mm of underbody clearance, it is particularly well adapted to gravel roads and surviving pothole strikes, which is particularly useful in a South African context.
The facelifted Renault Kwid can be expected to reach South Africa in the first quarter of 2020 and local specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.