Re­nault’s Kwid: An ideal en­try level car

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THE Re­nault brand is now in Zimbabwe and is dis­trib­uted by Dulys. If you are look­ing for prac­ti­cal­ity with style then the new Kwid from Re­nault could be your an­swer.

An in­no­va­tive and af­ford­able ve­hi­cle is an SUV in­spired hatch. The new Re­nault Kwid is po­si­tioned as the en­try-point into Re­nault’s prod­uct line-up. It over­turns es­tab­lished en­try seg­ment de­sign cues thanks to its ro­bust, stylish ex­te­rior plus a mod­ern and wel­com­ing in­te­rior equipped with gen­er­ous cabin space as well as fea­tures and fit­ments nor­mally unattain­able in its class.

Metic­u­lously de­signed, the new Kwid hatch­back is sure to meet the needs of any­one look­ing to buy an en­try-level car. The Kwid of­fers a mod­ern, in­tu­itive in­te­rior which in­cludes tech­nolo­gies that not only meet driv­ers’ needs but also make driv­ing sim­pler and safer. When it comes to tech, the Kwid is loaded with so much tech­nol­ogy from nav­i­ga­tion to touch screens and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

This em­i­nently mod­ern new­comer fea­tures SUV styling and con­struc­tion. Its high stance and durable de­sign un­der­score a sense of se­cu­rity while its longer wheel­base (2 422mm) al­lows for a spa­cious com­fort­able cabin plus more rear leg room. Boot space of 300 litres puts the new Re­nault Kwid on par with an up­per seg­ment ve­hi­cle.

The two de­riv­a­tives are pow­ered by a new 999cc Smart Con­trol ef­fi­ciency (SCe) en­gine mated to a 5-speed man­ual gear­box. What this means for any buyer is that you will lit­er­ally be driv­ing for the frac­tion of fuel you nor­mally use, more kilo­me­tres for your tank.

With its dis­tinc­tive SUV-like de­sign and high ground clear­ance (at 180mm, more than any of its com­peti­tors) Kwid of­fers a high driv­ing po­si­tion and greater vis­i­bil­ity mak­ing it ideal for zip­ping around in ur­ban traf­fic or cruis­ing down the open high­way.

En­try-level Kwid is mod­ern, smart and stylish in­side and out. It com­bines the com­fort and func­tional user-friend­li­ness of a city car with a spa­cious in­te­rior and a raft of stowage so­lu­tions.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the new Kwid, Re­nault has gone a con­sid­er­able step fur­ther in de­sign­ing a new breed of ve­hi­cle in the grow­ing small-car seg­ment. Its class-lead­ing ground clear­ance com­bined with short front and rear over­hangs ex­ude an im­pres­sion of strength, re­li­a­bil­ity and the look as­so­ci­ated with SUVs.

The boldly struc­tured front grille de­sign high­lights Re­nault’s trade­mark di­a­mond­shaped logo while its C-shaped head­lights in­cor­po­rate the brand’s new light­ing sig­na­ture.

Kwid’s slightly sculpted sides pro­vide a fluid, dy­namic touch, with the rec­tan­gu­lar forms of the black cladded and flared wheel arches a fur­ther poin­ter to its SUV breed­ing while also af­ford­ing ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion. While the lower door decor un­der­lines the Kwid’s ro­bust char­ac­ter, the steeply-raked, for­ward-po­si­tioned wind­screen lends a sense of move­ment and flu­id­ity to the high waist­line which rises slightly at the rear. The large win­dows en­sure good vis­i­bil­ity for the driver and play a big part in trav­el­ling com­fort while the sharp creases on the bon­net give it a mus­cu­lar look.

At the rear, the lower part of the bumper comes with a black trim — an­other SUV cue — and the body-coloured tail­gate spoiler adds to the car’s dy­namic stance.

The in­te­rior car­ries over the same bold and con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing styling as the out­side. The hor­i­zon­tal, un­clut­tered lines of the dash­board con­vey an im­pres­sion of width and re­fine­ment. The dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter and pi­ano black cen­tre fas­cia which houses the cen­trally-po­si­tioned Me­di­aNAV sys­tem cre­ates a con­tem­po­rary high-qual­ity feel that com­bines prac­ti­cal­ity and style (Dy­namique only).

The height ad­justable front seats are gen­er­ously sized of­fer­ing su­pe­rior com­fort while the elec­tric power steer­ing and one-touch lane change in­di­ca­tor make driv­ing a breeze. Elec­tric front win­dows add to driver and front pas­sen­ger con­ve­nience while the pow­er­ful air-con­di­tion­ing with heater en­sures driv­ing plea­sure ir­re­spec­tive of the weather.

All con­trols are easy to reach from both driver and pas­sen­ger sides. The open stor­age space fac­ing the front pas­sen­ger, lower glove box (plus up­per glove box in Dy­namique vari­ant), driver and pas­sen­ger in-door stor­age space with 1-litre bot­tle holder and rear par­cel tray trans­late to prac­ti­cal and con­ve­nient stowage space.

The com­pact 1.0- litre 3-cylin­der Smart Con­trol ef­fi­ciency (SCe) en­gine pow­er­ing both Kwid mod­els has been op­ti­mised for power and per­for­mance and pushes out peak power of 50kW @ 5 500 rpm and max­i­mum torque of 91Nm @ 4 250 rpm.

Driv­ers will en­joy its good re­spon­sive­ness and driv­abil­ity at low revs and wide torque band across the rpm range. An ex­tremely fuel ef­fi­cient petrol pow­ered en­gine, it’s paired to a 5-speed man­ual gear­box and de­liv­ers an in­cred­i­ble 4.71 litres/100 km. The fuel tank holds 28 litres. Priced from just un­der $20 000 you could be rolling from Dulys.

With its dis­tinc­tive SUV-like de­sign and high ground clear­ance, Kwid of­fers a high driv­ing po­si­tion and greater vis­i­bil­ity mak­ing it ideal for zip­ping around in ur­ban traf­fic or cruis­ing down the open high­way

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