2019 Renault Kwid facelift spied testing
Renault seems to working hard to improve its position in the Indian car market. After the unveiling of the Triber MPV last month and the Duster facelift this month, the French carmaker is now working on a facelift for the entry-level Renault Kwid hatchback.
As these camouflaged prototypes suggest, the facelifted Kwid's styling will take quite a few cues from the Renault K-ZE EV that debuted at the 2018 Shanghai Motor Show. The two-part headlamps design, a larger grille with the three horizontal slats and a wide air dam are visible. The rear is expected to sport a chunkier bumper, with high-mounted reflectors and a slightly redesigned tail lamp cluster. Renault could also add some contrasting panels along the body to liven it up even further. No pictures of the interiors are available yet, but some of the Triber's bits can be expected to trickle down, like the new digital instrument cluster and the touchscreen infotainment system.
Engine options will most likely remain unchanged, except for maybe BSVI compatibility. The Kwid currently comes with two 3-cylinder petrol options. The first is a 1.0-litre unit with 68PS and 91Nm and an 800cc motor with 54PS/72Nm. Both come equipped with a 5-speed manual and AMT. Expect the AMT to be a bit more responsive in this iteration and come with a floor-mounted shifter.
These new launches by Renault in India is part of a larger scheme to double how many cars it sells here. To this end, a small SUV is also in the works.
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