New Renault KWID hits SA’s shores

2016-11-30 06:01
The exterior of the new Renault KWID.  Photo: SUPPLIED

The exterior of the new Renault KWID. Photo: SUPPLIED

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RENAULT’S new entry segment contender, the SUV-inspired KWID hatchback, is now available in South Africa.

It comes in Expression and upper-level Dynamique variants with pricetags of R119 900 and R129 900 respectively.

The KWID is set to overturn 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.

“The KWID is an entirely new car which offers a lot of surprises both inside and out, including features from the next segment up,” said David Durand, Head of KWID Styling for Renault.

The KWID offers a modern, intuitive interior which includes technologies that not only meet drivers’ needs but also make driving simpler and safer.

Quality interior appointments ensuring that driver and passengers stay connected, include a MediaNav navigation/multi-media system complete with large 7-inch (18cm) touchscreen display, radio and Bluetooth connectivity housed in its piano black centre console with chrome surround (Dynamique only).

This eminently modern newcomer features SUV styling and construction. Its high stance and durable design underscore a sense of security while its longer wheelbase (2422mm) 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.

Both KWID derivatives are powered by new 999cc Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engines mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

With its distinctive SUV-like design and high ground clearance at 180mm, the KWID offers a high driving position and greater visibility.

The 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.

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.

Optimised engine efficiency

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 at 5 500rpm and maximum torque of 91Nm at 4 250rpm.

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 is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox and delivers an incredible 4.71 litres/100km. The fuel tank holds 28 litres.

Key features include:

. One of the lightest engines in the 1-litre range with aluminium cylinder block and head; Optimized usage of composite materials for weight reduction

. Low friction design: Features include steel forged crankshaft with optimized bearing dimensions

. Stainless steel close coupled catalytic converter for quick warm-up and best emission / consumption balance

. F1-inspired state-of-the-art technology: Double loop Lambda monitoring and electrical controlled throttle body for accurate air / fuel ratio monitoring; knock sensor for automatic spark advance adjustment to fuel quality

. Optimized valve timing for increased volumetric efficiency in order to achieve a flatter torque band

. One of best-in-class power-to-weight ratios.

Recommended retail pricing

The new KWID Dynamique and Expression derivatives come standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at 15 000km intervals. Optional service plans are available. The NEW Renault KWID Expression 1.0-litre SCe retails at R119 900, while the NEW Renault KWID Dynamique 1.0-litre SCe retails at R129 900

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