Renault says the Brazilian Kwid will have ESP and 4 airbags. What about India?

After the shameful performance of the Kwid in Global NCAP tests, the expectation around a safer Renault entry-level car for Brazil has gone sour. And one consumer, Luiz Otavio, has sent Renault the following message on Facebook: “Is this thing that you are going to launch in Brazil? Aren’t you ashamed, Renault?”. And Renault has replied, stating the car will follow all safety rules in Brazil (of course it will, otherwise it could not be sold) and especially this, brought by Autos Segredos: “This way, the car will be fitted, among other items, with ABS, the stability control ESP and 4 airbags”. Autos Segredos is not sure about the ESP part, but a Renault reply tends to be official. You can check the message, in Portuguese, below.


According to Carplace, the Brazilian Kwid will be so different that each of the front seats will weigh 9 kg more than the Indian. In total, the Brazilian Kwid will be over 100 kg heavier than the Indian, due to body reinforcements. From 660 kg, it will weigh a little lower than 800 kg.

With that, the Kwid will be the first entry-level car to present side airbags. We just hope this is not a repetition in Renault’s history in Brazil. When it started building cars in the country, in 1999, Clio was the first entry-level car to offer airbags. But the car was deemed expensive and the airbags soon vanished to make it cheaper. When you prefer a car that collapses around you with a sound system or climate control instead of one that keeps you alive, you cannot blame the automaker for selling you what you want, right?

If these insights are correct, and we have no reason to doubt them, due to the sources, the Brazilian customer will have a much better product than the Indian consumers. But what about them? What will Renault do to improve the safety of its Indian clients? We are still waiting for an answer. And we hope the Indian consumers also are.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.

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