Toward the latter part of 2018, there were several reports of a facelifted Renault Kwid heading to South Africa. That rumour has been confirmed as an updated version will be on sale in October.
The Renault Kwid first launched in India as far back as September 2015 and reached our shores in November 2016. Since then, the Renault Kwid has become a popular choice for many taking 3rd place overall of South Africa’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars in February 2019 with 1 069 units. On top of that, they have sold over 20 000 vehicles since its November 2016 debut.
While it remains an entry-level car, the facelifted version tells a different story with additional features at a low price point. The Renault Kwid offers affordability for everyone and it will become even more popular within the competitive entry-level segment thanks to several enhancements.
What’s New On The Facelifted Renault Kwid?
Expect to see a few minor design updates on the exterior of the facelifted Renault Kwid including headlamps, radiator grille, front and rear bumpers and tail lights. A high ground clearance of 180mm coupled with new alloy wheels will certainly add further impetus.
While the interior design and layout remain largely the same, there could be a few changes like new fabric seats, improved instrument panels and trim. The MediaNAV Evolution infotainment system has already been replaced with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support so there won’t be any additional changes here.
Driving becomes even easier with a one-touch lane change indicator along with convenience features such as electric front windows and powerful air-conditioning with heater. What’s more, all the controls are super easy to reach from the driver and passenger sides.
In terms of engine and transmission, the options include an innovative 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre SCe naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on both derivatives while the bigger engine is also available with an optional 5-speed AMT.
Some of the features on the facelifted 2019 Renault Kwid include ABS across all variants and a driver-side airbag as standard which was previously exclusive to the RXT(O) and Climber version. The new Kwid also has other standard equipment in the form of rear SBR, ELR seatbelts at the front and rear, reverse parking sensors and high-speed alert.
The Kwid has a distinctive SUV-like stance with a higher ground clearance than most of its competitors. It results in a high driving position improving visibility which makes it the ideal run-around in urban traffic and on the open road. The entry-level Renault Kwid is certainly a looker with modern and smart technology. It combines the comfort and functionality of a city car with loads of interior space and storage.
With all the new convenience and safety equipment, this small entry-level car is more than ready for the stricter safety standards coming into effect on 1 October 2019. Keep an eye on our blog and follow us on Facebook for more information on the facelifted Renault Kwid.