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New Renault Kwid now more equipped in the entry-level segment

2019-04-23 15:30

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Renault's entry segment contender, the SUV-inspired Kwid hatchback has taken the vehicle market by storm with monthly sales exceeding expectations, and an overwhelming 20 000 plus vehicles sold since its debut in November 2016.

The ever-popular Renault Kwid took proud 3rd position amongst South Africa's 10 best-selling passenger cars of February 2019, with 1 069 units sold.

The Kwid offers affordable mobility to all - is set to become even more sought-after within the entry level segment with the addition of several enhancements, including smartphone mirroring, ABS brakes and seatbelt warning, says the automaker. 

The intrinsics of the Kwid remain, with the additional features set to enhance its appeal SUV-inspired design offers impressive 180mm ground clearance providing the lift to take on any challenge with ease.

Spaciousness is in line with upper segment vehicles comfortably accommodating 5 people with an ample 300 litres boot space.


The compact 1.0- litre 3-cylinder Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine powering the KWID models has been optimised for power and performance and pushes out peak power of 50kW at 5 500rpm and maximum torque of 91Nm at 4 250 rpm.

Drivers will enjoy its good responsiveness and drivability at low revs and wide torque band across the rpm range. An extremely fuel efficient petrol powered engine, it's paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox and delivers an incredible 4.7 litres/100 km and 4.4 litres/100km with the AMT transmission. 

Unprecedented features in its segment include: 7" Touchscreen MediaNav with Bluetooth, USB, AUX and MP3 playback. Now with the integration of smartphone mirroring with Apple Car Play® and Android Auto compatibility.


Other features include: driver's airbag, front electric windows, seatbelt warning, aircon, remote central locking and ABS brakes now standard on all derivatives- Powered by Renault's new 1.0-litre Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine optimised for increased performance and efficiency, enabling frugal fuel consumption from only 4.4 litres/ 100km [on the AMT model]

The Kwid Range is priced from just R134 900, including 1 Years' Comprehensive Insurance, 2 Years' Service Plan and 5 Years' Warranty. 

This month sees a further development to the Renault Kwid range with the introduction of ABS across all the derivatives, i.e. the Kwid Expression and Dynamique manual, Dynamique AMT and Climber models.    

An innovative and affordable entry-level vehicle, the new Kwid overturns established entry segment design cues thanks to its robust, stylish exterior plus a modern and inviting interior equipped with generous cabin space as well as features and fitments normally unattainable in its class.

With its appealing design and array of equipment, the new KWID hatchback remains a viable offering which is sure to meet the needs of anyone looking to buy an entry-level car.


Tech beyond entry-level norms

The Kwid offers a modern, intuitive interior which includes technologies that not only meet drivers' needs but also make driving simpler and safer.

Innovative features that ensure that driver and passengers stay connected include a state-of-the-art user-friendly multi-media system complete with a first-in-class large 7" (18cm) touchscreen colour display, encased in its piano black centre console with chrome surround (Dynamique only).

The Renault KWID now also offers seatbelt warning functionality, alerting consumers to buckle up through a consistent flashing light and an escalating alert tone, as a safety precaution. The Renault KWID is powered by an innovative 1.0 litre 3-cylinder Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, which make driving both smooth and engaging, with automatic offerings planned for later.

The distinctive SUV-like stance of the KWID, and high ground clearance (at 180mm, more than most of its competitors) offers a high driving position and greater visibility making it ideal for zipping around in urban traffic or cruising down the open highway.The entry-level KWID is contemporary and smart, inside and out, combining the comfort and functional user-friendliness of a city car with a spacious interior and a host of stowage solutions.

The exterior design of the Kwid will definitely invite a second look.

Its class-leading ground clearance combined with short front and rear overhangs exude an impression of strength, reliability and the look associated with SUVs.

The boldly structured front grille design highlights Renault's trademark diamond-shaped logo while the headlights incorporate Renault's new lighting signature with a C-shaped chrome trim. Stylish fog lights further enhance the Renault car's striking stance. The chiselled muscular front end flows into a dynamic profile accentuated by turn indicators on the fender cladding.

The black, red and grey fabric of the ergo smart cabin further give the Kwid interior a sporty feel. The height adjustable front seats are generously sized offering superior comfort while the electric power steering and one-touch lane change indicator make driving a breeze. The chunky steering wheel ensures one is always in control while the 4-way adjustable driver seat allows for the most ideal driving position.

And then there's the one touch lane change indicator, which makes driving a breeze. Electric front windows add to driver and front passenger convenience while the powerful air-conditioning with heater ensures driving pleasure irrespective of the weather. All controls are easy to reach from both driver and passenger sides.


Key features include:

• One of the lightest engines in the 1 litre range with aluminium cylinder block and head. Optimized usage of composite materials for weight reduction.   

• Low friction design: Features include steel forged crankshaft with optimized bearing dimensions.

• Stainless steel close coupled catalytic converter for quick warm-up and best emission / consumption balance.

• F1-inspired state-of-the-art technology: Double loop Lambda monitoring and electrical controlled throttle body for accurate air / fuel ratio monitoring; knock sensor for automatic spark advance adjustment to fuel quality.

• Optimized valve timing for increased volumetric efficiency in order to achieve a flatter torque band.

• One of best-in-class power-to-weight ratios. PEACE-OF-MIND REMAINS STANDARDAs is standard across Renault's entire product range, the Renault KWID model range comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty, plus a 2-year service plan, with services scheduled at 15 000km intervals.

The KWID model range still offers the value-add of 1-year's Comprehensive Insurance Cover, to further promote peace-of-mind driving. 


Renault KWID Expression 1.0-litre SCe  - R134 900       

Renault KWID Dynamique 1.0-litre SCe  - R144 900       

Renault KWID Dynamique AMT 1.0-litre SCe - R154 900       

Renault KWID Climber 1.0-litre SCe - R154 900 

Metallic paint - R2 522

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