Renault Kwid With BS-VI Engine Spotted, Launch Expected Early Next Year

  • Nov 22, 2019

Leading French carmaker Renault is in the process of upgrading its vehicles to the upcoming BS-VI norm and the Duster midsized sports utility vehicle (SUV) has already been spotted being tested with an updated engine. Images of a BS-VI version of the Kwid compact hatchback are now being circulated on the internet.

The BS-VI Kwid test vehicle spotted is the Climber trim which is currently hauled by a 1.0-litre petrol motor. The BS-IV engine produces 68PS maximum power and 91Nm peak torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. A 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) is available as an option. The car returns a mileage of 21.7kmpl according to the Automotive Research Association of India.

The entry-level hatchback from Renault also comes with a BS-IV 799cc petrol engine which outputs 54PS maximum power and 72Nm peak torque. However, unlike the 1.0-litre unit, the 799cc motor comes paired only to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It offers a fuel economy of 22.3kmpl.

The mileage offered by both engines is expected to take a hit when the units are upgraded to the BS-VI standard.

The BS-VI Renault Kwid is expected to retain all the features of the current BS-IV version. The Kwid comes with an antilock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), rear parking sensors, speed alert, driver and co-driver seat belt warning, and rear child lock as part of the standard equipment on all trims.

The 799cc Renault Kwid currently commands an ex-showroom price between ₹2.83 lakh to ₹4.13 lakh. The 1.0-litre model is pegged between ₹4.33 lakh to ₹4.92 lakh. The price of the BS-VI model is expected to include a premium of about ₹15,000 to ₹20,000. The BS-VI emission standard will be implemented countrywide from April 1. The upgraded Kwid is likely to be rolled out closer to that deadline.

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