Renault Kwid’s engine spied for the first time, Will also get AMT unit
The Renault Kwid has by far been one of the most anticipated cars from the Renault stable yet. The car has been highly praised for its SUV like looks, which resembles elder-brother Duster quite a lot from the front. Its tall-boy characteristics have sincerely worked in its favour and the French car maker seems to have understood the average Indian car buyer’s sentiments pretty well.
Anyhow, another reason of the Renault Kwid becoming so popular is its small 800cc, twin cam, three-cylinder petrol engine. Most of the general public considers this motor to be too small for their liking. Anyhow, the Kwid’s engine has been spied for the first time. This engine is very compact, is made from lightweight aluminium and has been developed at the Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India (RNTBCI).
The French company claims that this motor will be able to return class leading fuel efficiency figures and don’t be surprised if the Kwid does become the country`s most fuel efficient vehicle when launched in the market. According to various reports, the petrol engine can generate 57 BHP, in comparison to the 47.3 BHP produced in the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and 55.2 BHP produced by the Hyundai Eon (does it seem underpowered now?).
Renault also claims that the small car will further feature short gear ratios that will enable it to pick up speed even faster. The 800cc engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and an AMT unit is also slated for a launch soon after the manual variants are launched in India.
The Kwid is the first car that is based on the Renault-Nissan CMF-A platform and the same powertrain is also expected to be seen on the upcoming Datsun Redi-Go small car. The car will also have many segment first features like a touchscreen infotainment system and a full digital instrument cluster. It will be heavily localized and is expected to be priced in the Rs. 3-4 lakhs range when launched in the upcoming festive season.
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