Renault has unveiled another new SUV this week, but it’s not the anticipated large family car expected to replace the Koleos in Australia next year.
No, this new compact SUV, the ‘Kwid’, will launch in the booming Indian market later this year. Other emerging markets, including Russia and Brazil, are expected to follow.
Renault’s littlest crossover is also the first model to sit on the new CMF-A platform developed with partner Nissan.
The Kwid measures just 3.98 metres long, which makes it longer than the new 3.59m Twingo hatch, but shorter than the 4.12m Captur. But, at 1.64m, the Twingo has the 1.58m Kwid beat for width.
Interior dimensions have not been detailed, but segment-best passenger and cargo space is promised.
Renault has confirmed a tiny 0.8 litre engine and a five-speed manual for the little Kwid, but power and fuel consumption figures are still to come.
“The Kwid will enable Renault to continue its expansion and address the needs of customers who want a vehicle that is stylish, robust and easy to use,” Renault boss Carlos Ghosn said today.
Some 46 percent of Renault’s global sales come from outside Europe, growing from 37 percent in 2010.
Light cars account for a huge 30 percent of India’s passenger vehicle sales, and Renault says it expects to increase its share of that market from 2 to 5 percent in the medium term.
Part of that growth will come through expanding its dealer network in India. Renault has dealerships in 120 cities across the country, with its network growing from 14 centres in 2011 to 157 at the end of 2014. It expects to reach 205 by the end of 2015.
Renault has confirmed it will not launch the Kwid in Europe and, speaking with TMR today, Renault Australia's Emily Fadeyev said there are likewise no plans for a local launch.