Renault unveils new Kwid crossover

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Renault Kwid

Renault has lifted the covers off a brand-new supermini crossover called Kwid. The high-riding model will be offered in India and other emerging markets later this year.

First previewed by the tech-laden Kwid Concept at last year's Delhi motor show, the production version keeps that car's SUV styling, including its boxy stance and aggressive front-end design. In a nod to its rough-and-tumble remit it features plastic body cladding, while ground clearance is a generous 180mm.

It's been built as part of Renault's alliance with Japanese manufacturer Nissan, and sits on a new modular architecture.

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault Group, said: "With Kwid, Renault continues to pursue its strategy of accessible mobility for all, to step up its international growth. Using a new Renault-Nissan Alliance platform and following the trail blazed by the Duster, the Kwid will enable Renault to continue its expansion and address the needs of customers who want a vehicle that is stylish, robust and easy to use."

Pitched as a good value runabout, the Kwid will go on sale in India with a price tag of 3 Lakhs (around £3,000). Much of the interior is borrowed from Renault's budget sub-brand, Dacia, including its touchscreen infotainment system and interior layout.

Renault has released details of only one engine option in the Kwid: a 0.8-litre petrol motor, which is described as "extremely well positioned in terms of fuel consumption". It will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Currently there are no plans to offer the Kwid in Europe, though a similar model could make an appearance in British showrooms under Renault's Dacia budget brand, which currently offers the UK's cheapest new car, the Sandero hatchback.

Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid