Renault Kwid concept comes complete with flying spy-drone


The Delhi motor show is set to host a brace of exciting new concepts but perhaps the most interesting is this, the Renault Kwid, which comes complete with an unmanned drone on the roof.

No, we're not talking about the sort of unmanned drone that rains down misery and suffering upon residents of the Middle East but a 'Flying Companion' that is operated via a tablet inside the car and can send a live video feed back to the occupants.

The actual vehicle leaves a similar footprint to the current generation Mini and is powered by 1.2-litre turbocharged engine that drives the front wheels. Power is channelled through an automatic dual-clutch transmission and the Kwid is also set-up to accept an all-electric powertrain.

Styling is pretty funky, too. Access is gained via a set of rather cool gullwing doors and the five-seat layout is arranged with a three-seat bench at the front and a smaller two-seat bench in the rear.

Now, back to that built-in drone. Renault says it is chiefly designed for "scouting traffic, taking landscape pictures and detecting obstacles on the road ahead," but we are still a little unclear as to how one drives a car while simultaneously operating a piece of military-inspired hardware.

The concept is really to reaffirm Renault's presence in the Indian market following the success of the Dacia Duster.

"We are not blind to the success of the Duster and it is no secret we are looking at extending our line of SUVs because we were extremely late," Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker told Auto Express.

Renault Kwid Concept

Renault Kwid Concept