Available only on the RxT (O) variant, the Renault Kwid AMT comes at an introductory price of Rs 4.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
November 11, 2016 – Renault, the French carmaker, has finally launched the Kwid Easy-R AMT in India at an introductory price of Rs 4.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This makes it about Rs 30,000 pricier than the Kwid 1.0-litre manual variant. Interestingly, the new AMT version of the hatchback is more fuel efficient than the regular Kwid 1.0L. As against the Kwid MT’s 23.01kmpl, the AMT version returns 24.04kmpl.
The Renault Kwid AMT features a 5-speed ‘Easy-R’ gearbox, and has three modes – Reverse, Neutral and Drive. Similar to its sibling 2016 Renault Duster, the Kwid has a crawl function that helps it move ahead without any throttle inputs. Save for the new EasyR badging, the vehicle looks no different than the Kwid 1.0L.
Sumit Sawhney, Renault India’s CEO & MD said, “Looking at evolving customer preferences, AMT technology is becoming popular in the compact hatchback segment and we are happy to build on our portfolio by launching the KWID AMT. Together with the convenience that the KWID AMT will offer, it will come with a revolutionary first in segment SHIFT CONTROL AMT DIAL (R-N-D) instead of a conventional gearstick and it will boast of the same class leading and segment redefining features that have made KWID a runaway success in India. With this launch, we look forward to welcoming more customers into the Renault family as we endeavour to aggressively build our presence in India.”
Both the Kwid 1.0L and AMT share the engine – i.e. 1.0-litre, 67bhp petrol. With such power figures, the Renault Kwid 1.0L (MT & AT) are positioned against the Hyundai Eon 1.0 and Alto K10.
|Renault Kwid 1.0L RxT||Rs 3.82 lakh|
|Renault Kwid 1.oL RxT (O)||Rs 3.95 lakh|
|Renault Kwid AMT Price||Rs 4.25 lakh|
Available in two grades RxT and RxT (O), the more powerful Renault Kwid 1.0L is priced at Rs 3.82 lakh and Rs 3.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. At Rs 4.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) The AMT version is about Rs 30,000 pricier than the manual 1000cc variant.
|Engine||1000cc SCe petrol|
|Max Power||67bhp @ 5,500rpm|
|Max Torque||91Nm @ 4,250rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual (Kwid 1.0) & Easy-R AMT|
Fuel efficiency of the Kwid AMT is higher than the 1.0L manual. While the regular 1000cc model delivers 23.01kmpl, the Kwid AMT is claimed to return 24.04kmpl.
Power for the Renault Kwid 1000cc and AMT come from a new 1.0-litre SCe (Smart Control efficiency) engine. This new powertrain is 14bhp more powerful than the regular 0.8-litre unit. It churns out a maximum power of 67bhp at 5,500rpm, while producing a peak torque of 91Nm at 4,250rpm. On the other hand, the current 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder engine delivers over 53bhp against 72Nm.
The Renault Kwid 1L gets a 5-speed manual transmission, while the Kwid Easy-R AMT gets an all-new 5-speed automated manual gearbox. The new Easy-R gearbox has been developed in-house using Renault’s Formula 1 expertise, says the company. The Easy-R AMT gearbox can be operated with an Innovative Shift Control Dial that will be positioned below the infotainment system on the centre console. It has three driving modes – Reverse, Neutral and Drive.
Renault’s new AMT unit is benefited with an advanced control unit that monitors the throttle input by optimising gear shifting and acceleration. It has a crawling function that works in reverse and forward motion. When brake is released, its crawl function helps the car move slowly at idle speed without using throttle.
Exterior design of both the new variants is largely identical to the regular model. Though, the black and white chequered decal with a ‘1.0’ badge on the lower side mark a difference. Feature-wise, the new variants are similar to the Kwid 0.8 model that comes equipped with a 7-inch MEDIANAV touchscreen system, front fog lamps, front power windows, foldable backrest, rear parcel tray, passenger side ORVMs, 12V power socket, optional driver’s airbag, remote keyless entry with central locking, etc.
The Renault Kwid AMT, additionally, gets the dash-mounted rotary knob controller for the automated manual gearbox and storage recess. One must note that the Renault Kwid 1.0L variant lacks dual airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS).
|Fuel Tank Capacity||28-litres|
Optional driver airbag
Pro-sense front seatbelt pre-tensioner
Keyless entry with engine immobilizer
Renault Kwid AMT Bookings
Bookings for the Kwid AMT have already started across Renault dealerships in India at a token amount of Rs 25,000, which is refundable.
Front – McPherson strut with lower transverse link
Rear – Twist beam with coil spring
Front – Disc
Rear – Drum
Front & Rear – 155/80 R13