T­he­re’s a new K­wid in town

Au­to­ma­ted Ma­nu­al Trans­mis­si­on (AMT) now a­vai­la­ble on the K­wid Dy­n­a­mic

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Voorblad -

E­ven in the qui­et month of De­cem­ber 2017, Re­nault sold 664 u­nits of the af­for­da­ble K­wid. Three ver­si­ons ha­ve been a­vai­la­ble up to now, but an au­to­ma­tic has been lacking. From to­day, 8 March, t­his is recti­fied with an Au­to­ma­ted Ma­nu­al Trans­mis­si­on (AMT) on the K­wid Dy­n­a­mic. Re­nault does a­way with a con­ven­ti­o­nal ge­ars­hift - inste­ad, a di­al on the dashbo­ard of­fers three mo­des: re­ver­se, neu­tral and dri­ve.

The ge­ar­box has 5 for­ward speeds. The spa­ce w­he­re the ge­ar shift u­sed to be, is a han­dy ex­tra stora­ge spa­ce.

The Re­nault K­wid was de­sig­ned to turn he­ads. SUV-in­spi­red looks, a chi­sel­led muscu­lar front ma­ted with a bold struc­tu­red gril­le, and a high ground cle­a­ran­ce all com­bi­ne to gi­ve the K­wid it’s stri­king stan­ce. The K­wid exu­des an im­pres­si­on of dy­n­a­mic strength and ro­bus­t­ness.

The Dy­n­a­mic gi­ves a sen­se of d­ri­ving a big­ger car as you get be­hind the w­heel. Me­ti­cu­lous­ly de­sig­ned, Re­nault de­li­vers a not-so-a­vera­ge en­try le­vel car at a bud­get pri­ce.

K­wid of­fers qua­li­ty in­te­ri­or techno­lo­gy that you would ex­pect in a hig­her au­to­mo­ti­ve seg­ment. T­his in­clu­des a Me­di­aNav mul­ti­me­dia and na­vi­ga­ti­on sy­stem com­ple­te with lar­ge 7” tou­chscreen dis­play, ra­dio and Blu­e­tooth con­necti­vi­ty, hou­sed in a pi­a­no black cen­t­re con­so­le with chro­me sur­round. Re­nault techno­lo­gy ma­kes d­ri­ving e­a­sier and sa­fer.

A com­for­ta­ble, sa­fe ri­de is en­su­red by a ca­li­bra­ted sus­pen­si­on sy­stem for op­ti­mal hand­ling and bra­king. It of­fers con­fi­den­ce in all we­at­her con­di­ti­ons and on all ro­ad sur­fa­ces thanks to the front disc bra­kes and ul­tra-high ground cle­a­ran­ce.

The for­ward-po­si­ti­o­ned front windscreen and lar­ge win­dows gi­ve good vi­si­bi­li­ty. The Pro-Sen­se front se­at belt and dri­ver-si­de ai­r­bag me­ans sa­fe and sound fe­a­tu­res in the K­wid.

The K­wid’s bold ex­te­ri­or sty­ling car­ries through to the con­tem­po­ra­ry-sty­led and practi­cal in­te­ri­or. The spa­ci­ous ca­bin of­fers a­dap­ta­ble se­ats, in­tui­ti­ve­ly pla­ced cen­tral con­trols, e­lec­tric po­wer s­teer­ing and po­wer as­sis­ted front win­dows. C­le­ver de­sign me­ans con­ve­nient sto­wa­way nooks and a class-le­a­ding 300-lit­re boot spa­ce that can be ex­pan­ded to 1 115 lit­res for wee­kend ge­ta­ways.

The of­fi­ci­al fu­el con­sump­ti­on fi­gu­re is gi­ven at 4,7 lit­res per 100km un­der test con­di­ti­ons. The com­pact, lig­ht­weig­ht 1,0-lit­re, 3-cy­lin­der S­mart Con­t­rol ef­fi­cien­cy (SCe) en­gi­ne is en­gi­nee­red to main­tain accu­ra­te air-to-fu­el ra­tio.

We will in­tro­du­ce the car in mo­re de­tail in a fu­tu­re is­sue, but for a first look at the new op­ti­on, vi­sit Se­a­mans Re­nault on C J Lan­gen­ho­ven S­treet. The of­fi­ci­al in­tro­ducti­on of the car is to­day, 8 March.

The Re­nault K­wid was de­sig­ned to turn he­ads.

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