The Renault Kwid has been a strong player in the entry level hatchback segment. The tall stance and good equipment list made it sell 1.3 lakh units till date and it has been giving a stiff competition to the Maruti Suzuki Alto models in India. Now, the company is going to introduce the Renault Kwid Climber, a taller entry-level hatchback that would also get a number of other additions. Based on the Renault Kwid Climber Concept that was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, the new edition will be offered in a new blue colour with orange accents in some of the elements.
The list of additions includes alloy wheels, orange coloured sections on the roof rails, ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) and skid plate. The brochure images leaked by Autos Arena also suggests that new entry-level hatchback will be taller than the current range of Kwid models sold in the country. In addition, the Kwid Climber will be powered by the 1.0 litre SCe petrol engine that will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as well as the option of an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox.
In addition to the taller stance and new colour options, the Kwid Climber will also feature a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment MediaNav unit that supports in-built navigation, orange coloured accents on the centre console, gear lever and fabric seats. The Climber edition also gets badging on the outside at the front doors and headrests on the inside. Launched in 2015, the Renault Kwid has been one of the most successful models from the French carmaker and has been a fresh entry in a segment that is inclined more towards practicality than features.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and 800 series are still the best-selling models in its segment, however, after the entry of the Kwid, features like a touchscreen infotainment system have reached the first-time car buyer as well. The new Alto 800 that is expected to be introduced in 2018 could be offered with a touchscreen infotainment unit and a host of other features in order to match the Kwid's equipment list. It will also be interesting to see what safety aspects come in the new Alto 800 as the launch will be close to the Government's mandate of ABS and dual front airbags to be standard in all cars by 1st October, 2018.