JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Renault has launched a seven-model Kwid Ultra ”limited edition” hatchback as its least expensive model with the claim that it will nevertheless take a place in the established entry segment thanks to a robust and stylish exterior, spacious cabin, and features and fittings usually found further up price lists..
The automaker adds that the hatchback was designed to meet the needs of people looking for an affordable, yet easy-to-drive with appealing design and impressive array of equipment.
”The Kwid,” Renault SA says, ”is born from Renault Global’s design expertise and exudes a sense of robustness, modernity and and advanced tech with a muscular and tough exterior to enhance its SUV styling.”
The cars have 14” wheel rims/covers for a little extra ground clearance and new rear axle to the benefit of road-holding. The brand adds: ”The Kwid has unique design cues – SUV-styled headlights and diode lights with daytime running lights and tail-lights while the car’s nose a exudes a sense of aggression.”
That last, of course, is the last thing we need on South African roads but something which too many automakers include in their media release blurbs.
The cars have two-tone paint jobs with alternative a white gloss body topped with a black roof. External mirrors are standard.
Chromed garnishing, Renault says,”give the cars a more premium feel, while the upholstery fabrics take modern to a new level”. The instrument panel is shiny black, the actual meter cluster sporty graphics.
Not always present in the price range are aircon, four powered windows, and interior adjustment for the external mirrors. Also standard are a 20cm touchscreen to operate a new multi-media/satnav system with Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility.
Parking help-me items include a rear camera and parking distance sensors. Power-assisted steering also facilitates parking.
”All controls are within easy reach of driver and front passenger sides,” Renault adds, ”and there’s a ”glove” box, door storage, and space for a one-litre bottle of whatever. Total storage volume is 27 litres.”
And, despite all that, ”class-leading” accommodation for five adults and a boot volumn of 279 litres. The cars’ one-litre, three-cylinder, Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine can make 50kW at 5500rpm, 91Nm at 4250rpm, and sends it to the front wheels through either a five-speed manual or a five-speed auto gearbox.
Renault says 4.7 litres/100km for the manual and 4.4 litres/100km through the autobox are possible.
Crash avoidance/survival gear includes crash mitigation bags for both front occupants – not a good selling points for a family car) anti-lock brakes, and a seat-belt reminder.
AND . . . THE RENAULT KWID COMES OUT TOPS !
THE recent release of the 2020 AA-Kinsey Report has recognised that Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression as the vehicle with the least-expensive parts basket available in South Africa.
The cars will be delivered with a year’s comprehensive insurance cover, a two-year service plan, and a five-year/150 000km* mechanical warranty, and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.
Service intervals 15 000km.
*Whichever comes first.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Renault KWID Expression 1.0 SCe – R162 900
Renault KWID Expression a/t 1.0 SCe – R172 900
Renault KWID Dynamique 1.0 SCe – R172 900
Renault KWID Ultra LTD EDT 1.0 SCe – R174 900
Renault KWID Dynamique a/t 1.0 SCe – R182 900
Renault KWID Climber 1.0 SCe – R183 900
Renault KWID Climber a/t 1.0 SCe – R193 900