In 800-1000cc engine capacity segment, Suzuki Pakistan enjoys a complete monopoly in the country but things are changing now with the launch of United Bravo and new auto policy of the government which is attracting new manufacturers in the country.
Renault, the French automobile manufacturer, has joined hands with Al-Futtaim Group and already constructing assembly plant on a 56-acres land acquired in Faisalabad. The company could launch its 800cc Renault KWID in Pakistani market sensing that Suzuki Pakistan is withdrawing its hot cake Mehran next year.
Let’s dive into the details of Renault KWID to comprehend the car, its offerings and scope to capture the entry-level vehicles local market.
800cc Renault KWID
The Renault KWID, originally designed for the Indian market had a flying start there by getting 25,000 bookings in first 2 weeks. It’s still one of the most selling cars in the neighboring country and captures a significant portion of market share.
The car offers an 800cc engine with 53 bhp@5678 rpm, however, being a crossover vehicle, Renault KWID could be the perfect choice for the daily commuters and occasional hometown visitors.
Speaking of the exterior, the car is quite good looking and offers a sporty look. On the front, it houses chrome grille highlighting the Renault diamond logo and c-shaped signature headlamps.
The square-shaped SUV like design is no doubt a head turner while most importantly it provides an ample ground clearance of 180 mm which is of most concern of Pakistani auto buyers. The rear of the car is stylish too with an interspersed roof spoiler and gorgeous tail lights.
Interior of the KWID offers a mono-tone dashboard with two gloveboxes, cup holders and other small storage places in the doors. The quality of plastic is reported to be adequate which is our biggest concern with the United Bravo.
Exceptional Fuel Efficiency
The company claims the mileage of Renault Kwid is 25.17 km in a liter while the AMT variant of the vehicle, equipped with 1.0-litre engine capacity, delivers 24.04 km/l which is again by far superior from what we are experiencing from the entry-level variants in Pakistan local auto industry.
Other Salient Features
- Torque 72 Nm@4386 rpm
- 3 Cylinder and 5 Gear Transmission
- 28 Liter Fuel Tank Capacity
- Electric Power Steering
- Engine Immobilizer
- In-dash Touch Entertainment Unit and Reverse Cam
- Body Colored Bumpers and Side Indicators on Wheel cladding
- 300 Liter BootSpace
- 155/80 R13 Tyre Size
Game Changing Pricing?
Renault Kwid is available in India from ₹ 2.91 lac which roughly translates into Rs. 5.3 lac, however, Pakistan has a different tax system and market competition scenario. United Bravo is priced at Rs. 8.5 lac slightly costlier than discontinuing Mehran while Suzuki Pakistan might launch its Alto somewhere around Rs. 10 lac.
As a new entrant in the Pakistani market, if Renault succeeds in launching the basic variant around the sweet spot of Rs. 7 to 8 Lac, it will be a game changer for the company as well as the buyers.