With additional features and accessories, the Renault Kwid Climber is expected to be Rs 50,000 pricier than the Kwid 1.0L (1000cc).
The Renault Kwid Climber might feature the same 1000cc, 3-cylinder, petrol engine that will soon make its debut with the Kwid 1.0 SCe.
Taking Renault’s success to a new level, Kwid has proved its credibility time and again. The small car made a lot of noise before its release in September 2015 and as expected, it turned out to be a stellar performer, ringing in cash registers for Renault. Before Renault made a re-entry in India, it had envisaged to acquire 5% of market share by 2017, which seems quite likely, given it continues its successful run backed by Kwid and Duster. Having touched the 1 lakh sales mark already (November 2016), Kwid forms a major chunk of the monthly sales. Last year, the company added two new variants – Kwid AMT and Kwid 1000cc, to the line-up, which further fuelled the sales.
Well aware of its popularity, the company eyes adding more variants to the model series. That said in future we are likely to see more derivatives of Kwid in India one of which is the Kwid climber, displayed in concept form at the last year’s Auto Expo. Talking of the Renault Kwid Climber, it is essentially an accessorised version of the hatchback and will reportedly use the same 1000cc engine that powers Kwid 1.0 litre variant. Transmission option could be restricted to the manual version giving a skip to the AMT unit. Yet in nascent stage, there is yet no concrete information on the Renault Kwid Climber price in India, but it is estimated to be a tad higher than the regular Kwid. Picture Gallery – Renault Kwid Outsider
As of now, there is no specific timeline for the launch of accessorised Kwid Climber which is still in nascent stage, but it is estimated that Renault will roll out the new variant of Kwid sometime in 2017.
As mentioned above, Renault Kwid Climber price will be slightly higher than the standard model since it will carry additional features and accessories. The estimated price for the better equipped Kwid Climber is around Rs 50,000 more than the Kwid 1000cc priced at Rs 3.95 lakh, hence expect the car to retail at Rs 4.50 lakh (ex-showroom price). Read: Renault Kwid-based Compact Sedan & Crossover in the Works
Primarily an accessorized version of Kwid, the heavily equipped Climber variant will most likely use the higher capacity 1000cc engine from the Kwid 1.0 litre. The 1.0 litre, 3 cylinder petrol engine powering Kwid 1.0 litre makes 67bhp at 5,500rpm along with 91Nm of torque at 4,250rpm. Transmission duties will be carried out by the conventional five-speed manual unit, missing out on the AMT unit. Read: Upcoming Renault Cars in India
Deriving power from the 1000cc, three cylinder engine Renault Kwid Climber is likely to return impressive fuel economy. On the Kwid 1.0 litre, this unit returns 23.01kmpl in manual version and 24.04kmpl in the AMT version.
Sporting SUV-like dynamic looks, the accessorized Climber version of Kwid will have higher ground clearance, distinct tyres, wide tracks and short overhangs. Donning sportier looks, Climber is apparently an off-road version of regular Kwid. The concept version showcased at the Auto Expo last year sported electric blue wheel arch extensions.
It is to be noted that the production version of Climber might not be a proper off-roader as that implies copious investment and huge investment. This would in turn up the price significantly, hence does not seem like a viable option. Therefore, an accessorised version seems more likely for the Indian market.
Expect a lot of changes inside the cabin with plusher material and a bunch of features in line with its off-road character like the snap hooks, shoulder & seat belt strap. The use of Nappa leather around the seats and steering wheel makes the cabin more upmarket.