The Renault Kwid was showcased to the world on the 20th of May, 2015. Based on Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF-A platform, the Kwid was developed keeping in mind the demands of markets such as India. The Kwid has managed to create a buzz among the car folk for its out of the box styling and appeal. Here’s a list of 7 things, you should know about the Kwid!
7 Inch Touchscreen
The infotainment on the Kwid is handled by a central 7 inch touchscreen. It doubles up as a media player (with Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity) and also as a screen for the sat-nav. This screen is seen on expensive Renaults such as the Duster and the Lodgy and is a surprise addition in this price bracket. The finish around the touchscreen is piano black, and is reputed for being a fingerprint magnet.
The instrument cluster on the Kwid is entirely digital. There's a large readout for the speedometer and a digital fuel gauge to the right. There's a thin LCD strip at the base of the instrument cluster which acts as the MID. Renault has done away with the good ol’ needles for good it seems, the cluster looks futuristic with its orange back-lighting.
Turn indicator on Cladding
The turn indicators are rather awkwardly placed on the cladding on the front quarter panels.Though integrated neatly, it does not gel in with the overall look of the car. Renault could’ve gone a step further and integrated the blinkers on the mirrors - adding another feather to the Kwid’s cap.
Power Window Switches on the central console
The mirror adjustment switches on the Duster too were placed rather inconveniently behind the gear lever. The Kwid gets the front power window switches on the central console. It looks out of place to be honest and could've/should've been placed on the doors themselves. Also, the rear gets wind down windows - no power to those.
Variant Badge on Rear Door
Most manufacturers place the variant badging on the hatch or the boot of the car. Some engine nomenclature makes its way forward to the front quarter panel. The Kwid has a rather clean rear with the name aligned centrally. As seen in the picture, the variant badging sits on the rear door, on the window line. Although unconventional, it does look cool.
Three lug Nuts
The 13 inch steel-wheels on the Kwid are held on by three lug nuts (a la Tata Nano), instead of the standard four. The Kwid does not come with alloy wheels and the presence of three lug nuts limits the scope of options in the aftermarket. If you were planning on buying the Kwid and upgrading the wheels on it, your options are next to none.
Chrome in the headlamps
Barring the chrome in the badges, the Kwid is devoid of chrome. It comes as a surprise when you compare it to it's sibling - the Lodgy - which is loaded with chrome to the gills. The only chrome on the car is seen in it's smoked headlamps. Renault's new lighting signature element, which is shaped like a C can be found inside the headlamps.