Renault India has launched the automatic variant of their bestselling hatchback, the Kwid, at an introductory price of Rs 4.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Offered in the top-end RXT (O) variant only, the Kwid AMT is Rs 30,000 more compared to the 1.0-litre manual variant. We have driven the Kwid AMT, and you can read about it here.
The Kwid automatic incorporates a shift control AMT dial below the infotainment system on the centre console, instead of a conventional gear lever. The AMT dial has three settings – N for neutral, R for reverse and D for drive. In the absence of the gear stick, there’s additional space for a bottle storage on the front central tunnel. Except for this, there’re no changes in the interior of the Kwid AMT over the manual variant.
Since it is based on the top-of-the-line variant, it has a seven-inch touchscreen central display that incorporates the stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and navigation system. There are features like driver airbag, remote keyless entry with central locking and front fog lamps, USB, Aux and audio playback through flash drive & phone, radio speed dependent volume control, pro-sense seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters in the Kwid AMT.
On the outside, there are racing decals on the doors as seen on the 1.0-litre manual variant. The fog lamps are standard and there are dual-tone gloss grey wing mirrors. There are five colour options to choose from – fiery red, ice cool white, moon light silver, outback bronze and planet grey. You can only tell the Kwid AMT apart by the Easy-R badging on its tailgate. Powering the Kwid AMT is the same 1.0-litre SCe three-cylinder petrol engine which churns out 67bhp of power and 91Nm of torque.
The bookings for the Kwid AMT have commenced across India. Bookings can be made either at the dealerships or through the Renault Kwid mobile App. The Kwid AMT enters into a direct competition against the Alto K10 AMT.