Renault has been extremely busy post the launch of the Kwid and we know it’s a capable car because well, it’s won the 2015 NDTV Car and Bike Award. When the Kwid first hit the scenes, Renault India had made it clear that the car will come with an Automated Manual Transmission and we applauded that decision but then we also noticed a small piece of plastic covering in the shape of a dial right next to the switches for the power windows, and realized the innovation that Renault was bringing to the table.
Now, rotary gear selectors are not alien to us but we’ve never seen one on a small car and that is why the one on the Kwid is extremely intriguing. The Kwid with a more powerful version will launch on August 22 and the AMT version of the car will hit showrooms in the next couple of months.
Renault has not revealed any details about the AMT unit that will be used in the Kwid and though we’ve seen how it looks up close at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, there are a lot of questions that remain unanswered. Renault forayed into the AMT world with the launch of the Duster with the 5-speed unit branded ‘Easy-R’ and it’s likely that the version will make its way into the Kwid as well.
The transmission will be paired to the all-new new 999 cc, three cylinder SCe engine, which produces 67bhp and 91 Nm. Now, we’ve already driven the car with the more powerful engine and know that the folks at Renault have tried to make it a fun car and not gone after achieving the highest fuel economy figures, though 23.1 km/l is not bad at all, which is why we think that the AMT will boast of figures somewhere closer to that.
The gear selector of the AMT variant is unique, as it is a dial and has only reverse, Neutral and Drive mode. It will also boast of a crawl function that helps it move forward/reverse slowly without any throttle input. Sadly though, this innovation will have its downsides and that is you’ll not be able to change gears manually and rely completely on the calibration of the engine and the gearbox to get the power required.
The Kwid AMT might only be available in the top-end variant which will boast of other features like a 7-inch MEDIANAV touchscreen display, front power windows and many more. When launched the Kwid AMT will go up against the likes of the Alto K10 Auto Gear Shift and it will be interesting to see what Renault prices the car at. Any guesses?