Mike Stevens | Feb 6, 2014

Renault's quirky new crossover concept, teased with a unique video clip last week, has made its world debut at the Delhi Auto Expo today.

The result of international collaboration across the global Renault force, the Kwid Concept is a two-door five-seat crossover dressed in a ruggedly styled body.

Interestingly, the Kwid is also equipped with a 'Flying Companion' - a small remote-controlled quadcopter that lives in a space atop the concept's roof.

The Flying Companion offers two modes, one an automatic flying mode that uses pre-programmed settings and GPS to get around, and the other a manual mode controlled from a tablet mounted inside the Kwid.

Its purpose? Scouting traffic ahead, detecting and reporting on obstacles in the road, and taking roving photos of the Kwid as it drives along.

Power for the Kwid is provided by Renault's 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine - likely the same 89kW/190Nm unit offered with the Clio - matched to an EDC dual-clutch auto.

The wild and futuristic concept is not likely to see production any time soon - although Citroen's new C4 Cactus suggests there may be room for another toy-like crossover in the SUV market.

In the meantime, watch for Renault's compact Captur to make its Australian debut in the near future.


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