Renault has officially confirmed today that it will produce the Kwid in Brazil. It will be the replacement for the Clio II (still produced in Argentina and sold in Brazil) as the new entry-level car from the French automaker. Not that we needed any official confirmation after this.
The new A-segment hatchback will compete with Fiat Mobi, Chery QQ and the VW up! in the Brazilian market. Bigger cars, such as the Fiat Palio Fire, will compete with it in price terms. The Kwid is 3.68 m long, 1,58 m wide, 1.48 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.42 m. The trunk can carry up to 300 l of luggage. It will be equipped with a 0.8 3-cylinder engine that generates 40 kW at 5,678 rpm and 72 Nm at 4,386 rpm, enough for the car’s light weight of only 660 kg, as well as a 1.0 3-cylinder sourced by Nissan, which delivers 57 kW with ethanol and petrol, since it is a flex-fuel engine.
The hatchback has been submitted to Global NCAP tests and results will be released in May 17. There is a good expectation about them. The car is produced over the CMF-A platform, which is said to have a huge concern about safety. We’ll see about that.
Besides the hatchback, Renault is said to be developing new body variants for the Kwid. It will have a sedan, developed under the code LBC, a multipurpose vehicle, or minivan, which is known by suppliers as RBC, and an SUV, currently known by its codename HBC. If the hatchback will be built at the São José dos Pinhais plant, there is no reason to believe the others, especially the sedan and the SUV, will be out of Renault’s plans. Perhaps even a sporty version of it, such as the Racer concept.
The new Kwid should be exported to Argentina and other Latin American markets.